Mid-way through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded down 0.16
percent to 13,329.93 while the NASDAQ fell 0.05 percent to
3,052.86. The S&P also fell, decreasing 0.27 percent to
The U.S. treasury department announced this morning that it would
be liquidating its position in General Motors (NYSE:
) over the next year and a half that it had acquired as part of
the TARP program. As part of the exit, GM will purchase 200
million of the shares owned by the treasury department at a price
of $27.50 per share. This lead to a rally of a little over 8
percent in early trading.
Equities Trading UP
Alterra Capital Holdings (NASDAQ:
) saw a 23.93 percent boost to $28.69 Wednesday morning as Markel
announced it would buy the company for $3.1 billion.
Shares of Knight Capital Group (NYSE:
) were up as well, gaining 6.01 percent to $3.53 after the
announcement that Getco would acquire the company this
Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:
) traded up 8.87 percent to $8.48 after taking a beating over the
past few days. The rally was a common theme across the gun stocks
Wednesday morning as news of increased firearm sales in the wake
of the Newton shooting Friday reached the street.
Equities Trading DOWN
) dropped 5.38 percent to $21.62 in early trading after the
company posted a poor earnings release Wednesday morning.
) was also down, dropping 10.00 percent to $20.07 after its drug
Omontys' sales fell 23 percent in November.
Finally, Shares of Actuant (NYSE:
) were down as well, falling 6.72 percent to $27.61 after posting
an earnings and revenue miss before the market opening
In commodity news, oil traded up 2.15 percent to $89.82, while
gold traded up 0.06 percent to $1,670.50.
Silver traded down 0.51 percent Wednesday to $31.09.
European markets saw a boost this morning as confidence continued
to rise about a fiscal cliff deal in Washington. Leading the
charge was the Spanish Ibex, up over 1.5 percent, followed
closely by the Italian MIB index which was up 0.78 percent.
While a nearing deal in Washington helped fuel the rally,
German business confidence lent a hand as it rose to 102.4 ,
forecasting future growth in the Euro zone's biggest economy.
In economic news, building permits came in at 3.60 percent, well
above the anticipated 0.80 percent and the prior figure of -2.70
Housing starts were not so optimistic, coming in at -3.0
percent, below the expected -2.5 percent and well below the
previous release of 3.60 percent.
MBA mortgage applications were also reported, coming in at
-12.30 percent, far below the last report of 6.2 percent.
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