US stocks opened Tuesday's trading day just slightly lower
despite a troubling report on global economic growth by the OECD.
US stock indices mostly declined yesterday, and most are starting
off lower today. The
(INDEXDJX:.DJI) gained 0.10% at 15,991 while the
(INDEXSP:.INX) fell 0.37% to 1,791.53. The
(INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) declined 0.93% to 3,949.07.
The government reported today that the cost of employment in the
third quarter rose slower than expected. Emploment costs were up
0.4% from the second quarter. Economists expected a 0.5% rise.
According to news reports,
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
) will agree today to a $13 billion settlement that would absolve
it of all civil investigations of its sale of mortgage bonds on the
federal level. This would be the largest settlement by a financial
firm in US history, but doesn't include state suits, separate
probes into the bank's dealings with Bernie Madoff, and bribery in
China. Since 2010, the country's largest lender by assets has set
aside $28 billion to cover legal costs, and has already doled out
) opened 2.8% higher this morning after the company beat earnings
expectations. The retailer, a bellwether for the housing market,
earned $0.95 per share as revenue and comparable-store sales
climbed 7.4% to $330 million.
) shares dropped 9.25% in the first few minutes of trading after
the retailer released disappointing earnings. BestBuy swung to a
profit of $0.12 per share, missing expectations by a penny. Revenue
fell to $9.36 billion. Domestic same-store sales improved by 1.7%
over the quarter.
) fell 4.5% in pre-market trading after declining 3.14% yesterday.
Yesterday, the company reported that sales rose 36% year-over-year
to $1.08 billion and its net loss narrowed to $124.4 million.
European equities declined today as the ZEW survey showed that
German financial experts are more concerned about current
conditions than previously thought, but more optimistic about the
future. The current conditions index unexpectedly fell to 28.7 from
29.7 and business expectations rose to a four-year high of 54.6
Auto sales in Europe rose 4.6% last month, helped by Spain's offer
of a 1,000 euro-matching subsidy for trading in older vehicles for
more fuel-efficient ones.
China's liberalization of financial controls is already being felt.
The People's Bank of China will essentially stop regularly
intervening in the forex markets to stabilize the renminbi. The
central bank says that it will gradually allow the currency to
strengthen against others. China will also relax limits on foreign
investment and lower the reserve rate for deposit institutions.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development lowered
its outlook for global growth for 2013 and 2014. It now expects the
world economy to grow 2.7% this year and 3.6% in 2014.
This evening, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will speak at
the Washington chapter of NABE.Tomorrow , we will see the minutes
from the Fed's latest policy meeting, where they opted to leave its
level of asset purchases unchanged at $85 billion.