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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Dow 10,510.95 -114.88 / -1.08%
WMT $53.71 +0.98 (1.86%) 52Wk Range: 46.32 - 55.94
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT), perhaps the most famous retailer in the world, whose competitors include Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), Sears Holdings (SHLD), and Target Corporation (TGT), is actually in the green as I compose this opening sentence during the afternoon trading session. Can you believe it? A stock actually in the green! After an earnings report, no less! It is currently higher by $1.62, or 3%, to $54.35. The traders are loving it, because volume is above average with a couple hours left to go before the bell tolls.
Wal-Mart hasn't been the most exciting stock over the last twelve months. The range hasn't been too wide, with a 52-week low of $47.35 and a 52-week high of $56.27. And the stock has sort of meandered around in something of a sideways pattern (you do get a dividend with the shares, though, so there is a total-return situation going on).
On the surface, the Q1 numbers look pretty good. Net income was 88 cents per share versus 77 cents per share in the year-ago period. Expectations were for 84 cents per share.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Thu, May 13, '10 O: 10,896.61 H: 10,952.84 L: 10,752.72
Close: 10,782.95 -113.96 (1.05%)
"C" DOWN BY ABOUT 100 points.
Monsanto Comp MON dropping $55.54
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Stocks rallied around the world, sending the MSCI World Index up the most in 13 months, while Greek, Spanish and Portuguese bonds soared after European policy makers announced an almost $1 trillion loan package to end the region’s sovereign-debt crisis. The euro pared an earlier rally.
AAAA corresponds to 4000 points up
Friday, May 7, 2010
Stocks Slide Amid Trading-Systems Concern
Stocks slid for a fourth day, erasing 2010 gains for U.S. benchmark gauges, and the bonds of debt- laden nations tumbled after Europe’s debt crisis spurred an equity rout yesterday that undermined confidence in trading systems. Oil sank, capping the biggest weekly drop since 2008.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Dow Plunges 998 Before Recovering
The Dow Jones Industrial Average had its biggest intraday loss since the market crash of 1987, the euro slid to a 14-month low and yields on Greek, Spanish and Italian bonds surged on concern European leaders aren’t doing enough to stem the region’s debt crisis. U.S. Treasuries soared.
CCCcc down about 350 points.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Prudential Financial Inc., the second- biggest U.S. life insurer, said first-quarter profit surged as investment results improved with rising markets.
Net income jumped to $697 million from $14 million in the year-earlier period, the Newark, New Jersey-based company said today in a Business Wire statement. Excluding some results from investments and policies sold before the company went public, the insurer made $1.49 a share, beating the $1.30 average estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
PRU:US Prudential Financial Inc
$61.350 Change -0.310 % Change -0.503
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
U.S. equities tumbled the most since February and European stocks erased their 2010 gain, while the euro slid to a one-year low, amid concern a government debt crisis is spreading. Oil, copper and gold sank on a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing. Treasuries rallied.
CCc drop around 225 points.
Monday, May 3, 2010
U.S. stocks surged, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising the most since February, as Warren Buffett defended Goldman Sachs Group Inc., manufacturing grew at the fastest pace since 2004 and personal spending increased.
Aaa up about 150 points
Friday, April 30, 2010
Americans spent at the fastest pace in three years during the first quarter, indicating they are becoming less dependent on government stimulus that’s waning as the world’s largest economy recovers.
Purchases by households rose at a 3.6 percent pace from January through March, exceeding the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, Commerce Department figures showed today. The increase helped the economy expand at a 3.2 percent annual rate, capping the best six-month performance since the second half of 2003.
Ccc about 150 points down
Thursday, April 29, 2010
U.S. stocks rallied, sending benchmark indexes up the most since at least March, as better- than-estimated earnings at companies from Motorola Inc. to Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. showed the economy is strengthening.
aA 125 points up.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
aaa = about 75 points up.
U.S. stocks advanced, wiping out losses spurred by the government’s lawsuit against Goldman Sachs Group Inc., as the biggest jump in new home sales in almost five decades bolstered optimism the economy is improving.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, reported third-quarter revenue that missed analysts’ most optimistic predictions, a sign that corporate customers may be putting off computer purchases.
Sales rose 6.3 percent to $14.5 billion, compared with analysts’ estimates that were as high as $14.8 billion for the quarter that ended March 31. Shares fell in late trading.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Qualcomm Inc., the biggest maker of chips that run mobile phones, forecast sales and profit that fell short of analysts’ predictions, signaling consumers may be opting for handsets that are less profitable for the company. hart
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Goldman Sachs Group Inc., facing a fraud lawsuit from U.S. regulators, reported that net income almost doubled in the first quarter and said it didn’t mislead investors.
“This all seems to be at root about whether someone intentionally misled someone, and that’s not something we would approve of or sanction,” Goldman Sachs Co-General Counsel Greg Palm told analysts on a conference call today. He spoke after the firm said earnings jumped 91 percent to $3.46 billion, or $5.59 a share, surpassing analysts’ estimates.
Monday, April 19, 2010
U.S. stocks rose, halting the biggest global slump since February, and Treasuries extended losses after two people with knowledge of the matter said regulators were split on suing Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
aaa =up around
Friday, April 16, 2010
Stocks and commodities tumbled, while the dollar and Treasuries gained, as Securities and Exchange Commission accusations of fraud against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. triggered a flight from riskier assets.
Cc : -125 points
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Manufacturers are charging ahead as sales and inventories grow, spearheading a U.S. economic recovery that shows scant signs of lifting labor markets.
Factory production climbed 0.9 percent after rising 0.2 percent in February, the Federal Reserve said today in Washington. Regional data indicated the gains extended into this month, while figures from the Labor Department showed unemployment claims climbed unexpectedly last week to the highest level in two months.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The Federal Reserve said the economy expanded “somewhat” across most of the U.S. in March as consumer spending and manufacturing improved, signaling the recovery is broadening without gaining much speed.
"A" 100 points up.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Intel Corp., the world’s biggest chipmaker, forecast second-quarter sales that topped analysts’ predictions, citing growing worldwide demand for personal computers.
Sales will be $10.2 billion, plus or minus $400 million, the company said today in its quarterly earnings statement. Analysts had estimated $9.72 billion on average, according to a Bloomberg survey.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Alcoa Inc., the largest U.S. aluminum producer, reported profit that topped analysts’ estimates as aluminum prices rose.
Earnings excluding certain items were 10 cents a share, exceeding the 9-cent average estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. The net loss of $201 million, or 20 cents a share, narrowed from a net loss of $497 million, or 61 cents, a year earlier, New York-based Alcoa said today in a statement. Sales rose 18 percent to $4.89 billion.
Friday, April 9, 2010
U.S. stocks rose, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly above 11,000 for the first time since September 2008, as growth in wholesale inventories added to signs the economy is strengthening.
"aaa" about 75 points up.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
U.S. stocks halted a global slide as retailers rallied on better-than-estimated sales, while the euro reversed losses against the dollar as concern over a Greek default subsided. Treasuries fell after a $13 billion auction of 30-year bonds.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
"C" 70 points up
Stocks rose, driving the MSCI World Index to an 18-month high, commodities jumped and Treasuries fell as reports showed global manufacturing is strengthening.
The MSCI gauge of stocks in 23 developed nations climbed 1 percent at 4:15 p.m. in New York and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained 0.7 percent. Both rose to the highest levels since September 2008. Oil settled at a 17-month high near $85 a barrel and gasoline, gold and copper gained. Currencies of commodity producing nations rallied, with the Canadian dollar and Brazilian real rising at least 0.7 percent against the dollar.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry, reported fourth-quarter sales and shipments that missed analysts’ estimates and said its profit margin will shrink this period. The shares slid 11 percent in late trading.
"a" = drop about 50 points.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Consumers in the U.S. gained confidence in March as the gloom over job prospects began to lift, indicating employment will be central to preserving the recent acceleration in spending.
The Conference Board’s confidence index rose to 52.5, exceeding the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, from 46.4 in February, according to figures today from the New York research group. Home prices unexpectedly rose in January for an eighth month, data also showed.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Stocks and commodities gained as the dollar and the yen fell against the euro as signs of economic recovery sparked demand for higher-yielding assets. Oil rose the most in more than five weeks.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 0.6 percent at 4:12 p.m. in New York to extend its gain since Dec. 31 to 5.2 percent, poised for its best first quarter since 1998. The MSCI World Index of 23 developed nations’ stocks climbed for a third day, advancing 0.6 percent, and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index increased 1.2 percent. The S&P/GSCI Index of commodities rose 2.3 percent, the most since Feb. 16. Crude rallied 2.7 percent.
"a" stock up about 50 points
Friday, March 26, 2010
RadioShack Corp. jumped 8.5 percent on a report that the electronics chain is considering a sale of the company. Apple Inc., Progressive Corp., Urban Outfitters Inc. and SLM Corp. advanced after analysts either raised price targets or lifted their ratings on the shares. Benchmark indexes retreated from their highs of the day after an explosion sank a South Korean navy ship near a disputed border with North Korea.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The euro traded near a 10-month low versus the dollar after European Central Bank President Jean- Claude Trichet said that aid for a euro-area nation from any outside group such as the International Monetary Fund is “very, very bad.”
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Treasuries, the euro, stocks and commodities slid as a downgrade of Portugal’s debt and weaker- than-forecast demand in a U.S. bond auction added to concern governments will struggle to fund swelling deficits.
"a-" around 50 points down.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Stocks rallied Tuesday, with the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 ending at new 18-month highs following the release of a better-than-expected existing home sales report that suggests a slow economic rebound.
The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) rose 103 points, or 1%, according to early tallies, ending at 10,888.83, the highest close since 11,143.13 on Sept. 26, 2008.
"A" UP 100 Point srange.
Monday, March 22, 2010
U.S. stocks rose and the dollar erased gains, helping commodities reverse losses, as a rally in drug and technology shares overshadowed concern higher interest rates and swelling public debt will stifle the global recovery.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Exxon Mobil Corp. and Dow Chemical Co. dragged energy and raw-material producers to the biggest losses in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index as oil fell below $80 a barrel. Financial shares dropped after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. cut estimates for banks and brokerages. Palm Inc. plunged 29 percent after forecasting sales that trailed analysts’ estimates and Canaccord Financial Inc. cut its share-price estimate to zero.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Performance since monday -o-a-a-a.
The U.S. economy will keep expanding without a pickup in inflation that would require the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, reports today indicated.
Consumer prices were unchanged in February, the first time they didn’t increase since March 2009, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The index of leading indicators rose 0.1 percent last month, the 11th straight gain, according to the Conference Board, a New York research group.