"Tech earnings got all the headlines, as Google (
) and Microsoft (
) earnings disappointed, but you still have to give the bulls some
credit," mused Schaeffer's Senior Technical Strategist Ryan
Detrick, CMT. "With all the reasons in the world to have a big down
day, the market did pretty well, all things considered. The S&P
500 Index (SPX) and the Russell 2000 (RUT) both finished in the
green, so more new all-time highs were made." Against this
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI)
ended the day on a slightly sour note, but still closed comfortably
above its intraday low.
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Detroit files for bankruptcy, Microsoft (
) plummets, and traders show their confidence in Apple (
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 15,543.74)
spent a hefty portion of the session in the red, following a round
of dismal earnings reports from the tech sector. The index sank to
an intraday low of 15,491.96, but managed to narrow its losses to
finish the day just 4.8 points, or 0.03%, lower. For the week, the
blue-chip barometer tacked on 0.5%. General Electric (GE) led the
Dow's 16 advancers with a gain of 4.6% after a well-received
earnings report, while Microsoft's (
) earnings-induced drop of 11.4% (its worst single-day decline in
more than three years) paced the 14 decliners.
S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1,692.09)
fared better, adding 2.7 points, or 0.2%, to finish at a new record
high. On a weekly basis, the SPX moved up 0.7%. Meanwhile, the
Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 3,587.61)
was the worst performer of the three, shedding 23.7 points, or
0.7%. For the week, the COMP lost 0.3%.
CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX - 12.54)
also remained south of breakeven for most of the day, closing 1.2
points, or 8.9%, lower. On the week, the "fear gauge" lopped off
A Trader's Take
"The headlines read that Detroit filed for bankruptcy, General
Electric (GE) revenue was light, and Microsoft (
) and Google (
) were both disappointments," noted Detrick. "Still, none of that
mattered. Earnings season really picks up in full swing next week,
so be open ready. If we've seen anything so far, it is that the bar
was set very low this earnings season. In other words, companies
had better beat the lowered expectations, or they will be
3 Things to Know About Today's Market
- Microsoft (
) took it on the chin today, after revealing
that fell considerably short of consensus estimates. The software
giant reported a profit of 66 cents per share, while revenue
arrived at $19.9 billion. Analysts, on average, were expecting
earnings of 75 cents per share on sales of $20.72 billion. This
fiscal fourth-quarter miss was attributed to a $900 million
write-down charge on the company's Surface RT tablet, as well as
weak PC sales.
(The Washington Post)
- Detroit, Michigan -- also known as the automobile mecca of
the U.S. --
filed for bankruptcy
yesterday. By taking this course of action, the city will be
exempt from paying some of its debts, and is protected from most
lawsuits, albeit temporarily. "I know many will see this as a low
point in the city's history," said Governor Rick Snyder. "Without
this decision, the city's condition would only worsen."
- RetailMeNot Inc -- previously known as WhaleShark Media --
debut on the Nasdaq
today, with the stock opening at $26.50. The online coupon
company's initial public offering of 9.1 million shares was
priced at $21 per share. However, the Wall Street freshman surged
close to 36% during the course of the session. By 1:40 p.m. ET,
north of eight million shares were exchanged.
5 Stocks We Were Watching Today
- Despite sitting with a year-to-date loss,
scored some upbeat analyst attention at BMO.
bulls weren't deterred by tech-sector weakness, and scooped up
soon-to-be front-month calls.
- A disappointing earnings report triggered a flurry of bearish
brokerage notes for
lackluster quarterly earnings results didn't keep October bulls
- Short-term call buyers took a shine to
United States Steel (X)
, with a particular focus on weekly options.
For a look at today's options movers and commodities
activity, head to page 2.
Crude oil futures remained nearly flat today, but still managed
to finish a fourth consecutive week higher, courtesy of a stronger
energy outlook and declining crude inventories. At the close,
August-dated oil was up 1 cent, at $108.05 per barrel. On a weekly
basis, crude gained 2%.
Meanwhile, gold futures notched their highest daily close in a
month, thanks to a weak dollar, as well as anxieties spurred by
Detroit's bankruptcy filing. By the time the dust settled, the
August contract added $8.70, or 0.7%, to end at $1,292.90 an ounce.
For the week, the malleable metal tacked on 1.2%.