Midway through trading Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.77 percent
to 15,296.18 while the NASDAQ surged 0.79 percent to 3,479.41.
The S&P also rose, gaining 0.66 percent to 1,649.81.
Top Headline FactSet Research Systems (NYSE:
) reported an 11% rise in its fiscal third-quarter earnings.
FactSet's quarterly profit surged to $53.4 million, or $1.20
per share, versus $48 million, or $1.05 per share, in the
year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, its adjusted earnings
came in at $1.15 per share in the recent period.
Its revenue rose 6.1% to $214.6 million. FactSet in March had
expected earnings of $1.14 to $1.16 per share on revenue of $213
million to $216 million. FactSet's operating margin narrowed to
33.4% from 33.9%.
For the current quarter, FactSet expects earnings of $1.18 and
$1.21 per share on revenue of $218 million to $221 million.
However, analysts were projecting earnings of $1.18 per share on
revenue of $220 million.
Equities Trading UP Walter Energy (NYSE:
) shot up 15.04 percent to $13.46 after Morgan Stanley defended
Shares of FLIR Systems (NASDAQ:
) got a boost, shooting up 5.61 percent to $26.35 after Raymond
James upgraded the stock from "market perform" to "strong
Mechel OAO (NYSE:
) was also up, gaining 12.59 percent to $3.20 after the company
posted a Q1 net loss of $321 million. Mechel's board authorized a
share buy back program of up to $100 million.
Equities Trading DOWN Ship Finance International (NYSE:
) was down, falling 5.57 percent to $16.34 after the company
priced its public offering.
Shares of Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:
) were down 3.81 percent to $17.42 on Q4 results.
John Wiley & Sons (NYSE:
) shares tumbled 6.61 percent to $38.71 after the company
reported an 84% drop in its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings.
Commodities In commodity news, oil traded up 0.02 percent to
$97.79, while gold traded down 1.40 percent to $1,363.70.
Silver traded down 1.02 percent Tuesday to $21.54, while
copper fell 1.40 percent to $3.17.
Eurozone European shares were mostly higher today. The German
ZEW Economic Sentiment Index rose to 38.5, beating expectations
of a reading of 38.1 and better than the prior 36.4. European car
sales fell to a 20-year low in May as new car registrations fell
to 1.08 million from 1.15 million a year ago.
The Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.54 percent and the Italian FTSE
MIB Index gained 0.02 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX rose
0.17 percent and the French CAC 40 declined 0.08 percent while
U.K. shares rose 0.69 percent.
Economics US housing starts rose 6.8% to an annual rate of
914,000 in May, versus a previous estimate of 853,000 in April.
However, economists were expecting starts to rise to 953,000 in
US consumer prices increased 0.1% in May, while the core CPI
gained 0.2%. However, economists were projecting a 0.2% rise in
the CPI and a 0.1% gain in the core CPI.
The ICSC/Goldman Retail Chain Store Sales Index increased 0.3%
in the recent week ended Saturday versus the prior week.
The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index declined 0.4% for the
first two weeks of June versus May.
The Federal Open Market Committee begins its 2-day meeting
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