Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.75
percent to 14,004.13 while the NASDAQ rose 1.04 percent to
3,162.08. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.91 percent to
Index Technicals: The S&P 500 looks poised to retake the
broken 1,497 support level, hitting an intraday high of 1,498.99
before heady back downwards. 1,460 should act as new support.
The DOW looks to find support at 13,775 while regaining its 20
EMA at 13,890.64, with 14,058 as its top end resistance and
13,660 as its support.
The Russell MACD looks to be rolling lower, with prices
stalling at 894.24, while the EMA lies lower at 887.84.
The NASDAQ looks set to find support at its 50 EMA at
3,120.71, with its MACD rolling lower. A bearish cross of the
3,050 area should act as lower support.
Top Headline Target (NYSE:
) reported a 2% drop in its fiscal fourth-quarter profit.
Target's quarterly profit declined to $961 million, from $981
million, in the year-ago period. Its per-share profit rose to
$1.47 per share from $1.45 per share. Its sales climbed 6.8% to
$22.37 billion. Excluding certain items, Target earned $1.65 per
share, versus estimates of $1.47 per share. Target expects FY13
adjusted profit of $4.85 to $5.05 per share and Q1 profit of
$1.10 to $1.20 per share. However, analysts expected Q1 profit of
$1.05 per share and full-year profit of $4.87 per share. Its
gross margin declined to 27.8% from 28.4%.
Equities Trading UP Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:
) shot up 12.17 percent to $46.08 after the company reported a
rise in its fourth-quarter profit. Shares of Optimer
) got a boost, shooting up 12.87 percent to $12.10 after the
company reported that it has commenced a process to explore
strategic alternatives. Guidewire Software (NASDAQ:
) was also up, gaining 18.78 percent to $37.45 after the
company's FQ2 earnings surpassed analysts' estimates.
Equities Trading DOWN Accretive Health (NYSE:
) shares tumbled 23.95 percent to $9.21 after the company
postponed the release of its Q4 financial results. First Solar
) was also down, falling 15.63 percent to $26.46 after the
company issued downbeat first-quarter forecast. Shares of
Cincinnati Bell (NYSE:
) were down 22.67 percent to $3.21, after the company's Q4
earnings missed analysts' expectations.
Commodities In commodity news, oil traded up 0.60 percent to
$93.19, while gold traded down 0.72 percent to $1,603.90. Silver
traded down 0.73 percent Wednesday to $29.11, while copper
dropped 0.28 percent to $3.57.
Eurozone European shares were higher boosted by the confidence
numbers despite the weak GDP report in the U.K. The latest update
to British GDP was released, with the fourth quarter GDP figure
being reiterated at a contraction of 0.3 percent. However, the
index of services component was revised lower to -0.1 percent
from 0.6 percent. European business and consumer confidence
remained strong in the latest Business and Consumer Confidence
Survey despite headwinds such as the Italian elections. The index
rose to 91.1 in February from 89.5 in January and beating
expectations of a reading of 89.9. The Spanish Ibex rose 1.95
percent, while the Italian MIB index gained 1.77 percent. The
STOXX Europe 600 Index surged 0.90 percent, London's FTSE 100
Index gained 0.88 percent, French CAC 40 Index climbed 1.92
percent and German DAX 30 index rose 1.04 percent.
Economics U.S. durable-goods orders declined 5.2% in January,
versus economists' estimates of a 5.0% drop. Core durable goods
orders climbed 1.9% in January, versus expectations for a 0.2%
rise. U.S. pending home sales surged 4.5% in January. The
pending-home-sales index climbed to 105.9 in the month of
January, versus 101.3 in December. MBA Mortgage Applications
declined 3.8% in the week ended February 22, versus a 1.7% drop
in the prior week. For the week ended February 22, crude supplies
climbed 1.1 million barrels, the EIA report said. However, motor
gasoline supplies declined 1.9 million barrels. Analysts were
expecting a rise of 2.6 million barrels for crude supplies and a
1.5 million-barrel fall in gasoline stockpiles. The Treasury is
set to auction 7-year notes and the Fed's Richard Fisher is set
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