Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.40
percent to 14,513.26 while the NASDAQ gained 0.44 percent to
3,243.26. The S&P also rose, climbing 0.53 percent to
Index Technicals: The Dow looks set to find support at 14,440
and will test its 14,410 support, while encountering resistance
at the 14,522 level.
The S&P 500 seems to be finding support at 1,550, with
overhead resistance at 1,560.
The NASDAQ briefly loses its 3,320 support after a gap down,
before rising up with 3,250 resistance overhead.
Finally, the Russell looks set to find support at 945, while
hitting resistance at the 951 level.
Top Headline FedEx (NYSE:
) reported a weaker-than-expected third-quarter profit. FedEx's
quarterly net income dropped 31% to $361 million, or $1.13 per
share. Excluding items, it earned $1.23 per share. Its revenue
climbed 4% to $11.0 billion. However, analysts were expecting
earnings of $1.38 per share on revenue of $10.85 billion. FedEx
expects Q4 adjusted earnings of $1.90 to $2.10 per share, versus
analysts' estimates of $2.07 per share. Equities Trading UP
Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:
) shot up 7.44 percent to $27.71 after the company reported
extraordinary results from its Shenandoah #2R appraisal well.
Shares of Research In Motion (NASDAQ:
) got a boost, shooting up 5.62 percent to $15.88 after Morgan
Stanley upgraded the stock from "underweight" to "overweight."
Spreadtrum Communications (NASDAQ:
) was also up, gaining 6.84 percent to $19.52 after the company
declared a quarterly cash dividend of US$0.10 per American
Equities Trading DOWN Zynga (NASDAQ:
) shares tumbled 4.03 percent to $3.33 after Bank of America
downgraded the stock from "buy" to "neutral." Cintas (NASDAQ:
) was also down, falling 7.34 percent to $42.56 after the company
reported weak FQ3 earnings.
Shares of FedEx (NYSE:
) were down 5.65 percent to $100.45 after the company reported a
weaker-than-expected third-quarter profit.
Commodities In commodity news, oil traded up 0.30 percent to
$92.44, while gold traded down 0.30 percent to $1,606.50. Silver
traded down 0.27 percent Wednesday to $28.77, while copper rose
1.32 percent to $3.45.
Eurozone European shares were mostly higher for the first day
this week on relaxed fears over Cyprus as it appears that Russia
will in the end extend the nation a larger loan to prevent the
bank levy tax from being implemented. U.K. employment fell less
than expected in February, with the total claimant count falling
1.5 thousand jobs on expectations of a five thousand jobs drop.
Average weekly earnings rose 1.2 percent and the unemployment
rate was in line at 7.8 percent. German producer prices fell 0.1
percent in February on expectations of a 0.2 percent rise,
putting pressure on the ECB to act to counter deflationary
pressures. The Spanish Ibex Index jumped 0.62 percent and the
Italian FTSE MIB Index surged 1.70 percent. The STOXX Europe 600
Index gained 0.16 percent, London's FTSE 100 Index fell 0.22
percent, French CAC 40 Index climbed 1.28 percent and German DAX
30 index gained 0.46 percent. Economics Applications for US home
mortgages dropped 7.1% in the latest week ended March 15,
according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. However, the index
of refinancing applications fell 8%. Crude supplies declined 1.3
million barrels for the week ended March 15, the Energy
Information Administration said. However, analysts were expecting
a 2 million-barrel rise. The FOMC will announce its policy
decision at 2:00 p.m. ET, while Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is
scheduled to speak in a press conference at 2:30 p.m. ET.
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