Midway through trading Monday, the Dow traded up 0.70 percent
to 16,139.04 while the NASDAQ surged 0.95 percent to 4,037.75.
The S&P also rose, gaining 0.81 percent to 1,830.32.
Leading and Lagging Sectors In trading on Monday, technology
shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 1.18
percent. Among the leading sector stocks, gains came from WebMD
) and 21Vianet Group (NASDAQ:
). Telecommunications services shares gained by just 0.35 percent
in the US market today.
Top losers in the sector included NQ Mobile (NYSE:
), off 5.8 percent, and Lumos Networks (NASDAQ:
), down 2.9 percent.
Top Headline Citigroup (NYSE:
first-quarter results. Citigroup's quarterly profit surged to
$3.94 billion, versus a year-ago profit of $3.81 billion. On a
per-share basis, it earned $1.23. Excluding one-time items, its
earnings rose to $1.30 versus $1.29. Its revenue declined to
$20.12 billion. However, analysts were projecting earnings of
$1.14 per share on revenue of $19.37 billion.
Equities Trading UP Aspen Insurance Holdings (NYSE:
) shares shot up 11.33 percent to $43.83 after Endurance
Specialty Holdings (NYSE:
offered to buy
Aspen Insurance for $47.50 per share in a cash and stock
Shares of Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:
) got a boost, shooting up 13.77 percent to $83.02 following
court ruling preventing Medtronic (NYSE:
) from selling CoreValve System in the US.
WebMD Health (NASDAQ:
) shares were also up, gaining 19.22 percent to $44.91 after the
its forecast. The company now expects Q1 results above the high
end of its earlier outlook.
Equities Trading DOWN Shares of Antero Resources (NYSE:
) were down 3.64 percent to $60.92 after the company announced a
105% y/y gain
in its Q1 preliminary gas production.
) shares tumbled 2.06 percent to $57.98 on Federal District Court
ruling preventing the company from selling its CoreValve System
in the US as a result of Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:
) patent infringement verdict.
) was down, falling 2.55 percent to $12.80 after the company
announced a change in executive leadership team.
Commodities In commodity news,
oil traded up 0.10 percent
to $103.84, while gold traded up 0.62 percent to $1,327.20.
Silver traded up 0.20 percent Monday to $19.99, while copper
rose 0.12 percent to $3.05.
Eurozone European shares today.
The Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.17 percent, while Italy's FTSE
MIB Index gained 0.55 percent.
Meanwhile, the German DAX rose 0.26 percent and the French CAC
40 climbed 0.43 percent while U.K. shares gained 0.24
Economics US retail sales rose 1.1% to $433.9 billion in
March, versus an upwardly revised 0.7% gain in February.
Economists were estimating total sales to increase 0.9%.
US business inventories rose 0.40% in February, versus
economists' expectations for a 0.50% gain.
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