Market Wrap-Up for Oct.3 (MON, FDO, CVX, SWK, UPS, KSS, HPQ, more)


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As fourth quarter earnings begin to shape up, investors are looking for clues as to which direction stocks will head through the end of 2012. We're sure to see sporadic volatility stemming from the upcoming Presidential election, and I'm sure the debates and latest poll numbers will only add to the daily gyrations.

Looking at today's session, Family Dollar Stores ( FDO ) rallied on the back of the retailer's earnings results. The same couldn't be said for Monsanto ( MON ), which had a bit of profit-taking. The agri/seed giant's shares are still up 27% YTD however. Elsewhere, well-known plays such as Kohl's ( KSS ), Public Storage ( PSA ), and United Parcel Service ( UPS ) put up decent gains. On the flipside, investors took profits in names like Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK ), Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS ), and Chevron ( CVX ). With oil prices closing down by nearly $4 a barrel today, energy plays could be vulnerable. Saving the worst for last, Hewlett Packard ( HPQ ) was down nearly 13% as the company trimmed 2013 estimates amid a gloomy outlook for the company's business prospects.

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Thanks for reading everybody. I'll see you tomorrow!

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