Following the market opening Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.41
percent to 16,314.29 while the NASDAQ surged 0.51 percent to
4,301.92. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.40 percent to
Leading and Lagging Sectors In trading on Tuesday, healthcare
shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 0.67
percent. Among the leading sector stocks, gains came from Flamel
Technologies SA (NASDAQ:
), Pernix Therapeutics Holdings (NASDAQ:
) and Thoratec (NASDAQ:
). Basic materials sector was the leading decliner in the US
market today. Top decliners in the sector included James Hardie
Industries plc (NYSE:
), off 3.2 percent, and McEwen Mining (NYSE:
), down around 3 percent.
Top Headline Hertz Global Holdings (NYSE:
downbeat fourth-quarter earnings
and announced its plans to spin off its equipment rental business
into a separate company. Hertz posted a quarterly loss of
$600,000, or $0.00 per share, versus a year-ago loss of $36.8
million, or $0.09 per share. Excluding special items, it earned
$0.26 per share. Its revenue surged 10% to $2.56 billion versus
$2.32 billion. However, analysts were projecting earnings of
$0.32 per share on revenue of $2.61 billion. Hertz expects 2014
earnings of $1.70 to $2 per share, on revenue of $11.4 billion to
$11.7 billion. However, analysts expected earnings of $2.07 per
share on revenue of $11.6 billion.
Equities Trading UP FutureFuel (NYSE:
) shares shot up 19.36 percent to $20.96 after the company
reported a rise in its fourth-quarter earnings. FutureFuel posted
its quarterly profit of $0.61 per share, versus a year-ago profit
of $0.15 per share.
Shares of Yandex NV (NASDAQ:
) got a boost, shooting up 4.95 percent to $31.50 after the
company reported that it has purchased Israeli startup
FactSet Research Systems (NYSE:
) was also up, gaining 8.20 percent to $113.11 after the company
reported quarterly results. FactSet Research reported its Q2
earnings of $1.22 per share, versus analysts' estimates of $1.20
Equities Trading DOWN Shares of GameStop (NYSE:
) were down 4.65 percent to $37.90 as Walmart (NYSE:
) announced its
plans to begin accepting
video game trade-ins.
) shares tumbled 2.18 percent to $79.71 after the company
of $400 million convertible senior notes.
) was down, falling 5.91 percent to $47.45 after Cowen &
Company downgraded the stock from Outperform to Underperform and
cut the price target from $57.00 to $39.00.
Commodities In commodity news,
oil traded up 0.23 percent
to $98.31, while gold traded down 1.52 percent to $1,352.10.
Silver traded down 2.70 percent Tuesday to $20.70, while
copper fell 0.17 percent to $2.95.
Eurozone European shares
The Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.83 percent, while Italy's FTSE
MIB Index surged 1.46 percent.
Meanwhile, the German DAX jumped 0.75 percent and the French
CAC 40 climbed 0.98 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.34
Economics The ICSC-Goldman same-store sales index gained 0.7%
in the week ended Saturday versus the earlier week.
Construction on new houses declined 0.2% to an annual rate of
907,000 in February, versus a revised 909,000 in January.
However, economists were projecting starts to reach to
US consumer prices climbed 0.1% in February, while the core
CPI increased 0.1%. However, economists were projecting the
overall CPI and core index to both rise by 0.1%.
The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index fell 0.5% in the first
two weeks of March versus February.
The Federal Open Market Committee begins its 2-day policy
The Treasury is set to auction 4-week bills.
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