Midway through trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.44
percent to 14,740.62 while the NASDAQ gained 0.77 percent to
3,294.96. The S&P also rose, surging 0.61 percent to
Index Technicals: The S&P 500 looks to be stalling under
the 1,580/1,583 resistance, with 1,575 support below, and 1,590
The Dow is also stalling, halting at its 14,750 resistance
with 14,650 support below that, and 14,850 resistance above.
Next up, the NASDAQ is stalling at its 3,275 resistance with
3,250 acting as support, while 3,295/3300 acts as resistance
Finally, the Russell ended yesterday strong with 950
resistance above and 915 resistance below.
Top Headline 3M Company (NYSE:
) reported downbeat first-quarter earnings and lowered its 2013
3M's quarterly earnings surged to $1.129 billion, or $1.61 per
share, from $1.125 billion, or $1.59 per share, in the year-ago
period. Its sales climbed to $7.63 billion, from $7.49 billion.
However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.65 per share on
revenue of $7.81 billion.
3M now projects 2013 earnings of $6.60 to $6.85 per share,
versus analysts' estimates of $6.82 per share. The company had
earlier expected earnings of $6.70 to $6.95 per share.
Equities Trading UP Infinera (NASDAQ:
) shot up 25.08 percent to $8.33 after the company reported
upbeat Q1 earnings.
Shares of Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:
) got a boost, shooting up 18.72 percent to $21.63 on Q1
Angie's List (NASDAQ:
) was also up, gaining 26.75 percent to $25.49 on Q1 results.
Equities Trading DOWN Intuit (NASDAQ:
) was down, falling 12.76 percent to $56.00 after the company
lowered its Q3 forecast.
Shares of Safeway (NYSE:
) were down 18.14 percent to $23.14 on Q1 results.
CARBO Ceramics (NYSE:
) shares tumbled 16.15 percent to $72.61 after the company
reported a 42% drop in its Q1 profit.
Commodities In commodity news, oil traded up 1.08 percent to
$92.42, while gold traded up 2.21 percent to $1,455.10.
Silver traded up 5.06 percent Thursday to $24.04, while copper
rose 2.83 percent to $3.25.
Eurozone European shares were mixed after strong gains
yesterday following increased hopes of further ECB easing as well
as the U.K. GDP data. The U.K. reported that first quarter GDP
grew 0.3 percent vs. 0.1 percent expected and better than the
previous estimate of 0.2 percent.
Spain's unemployment rate rose to a new record in the first
quarter, as Spain reported that an astounding 27.2 percent of the
labor force is unemployed, more than the fourth quarter of 2012's
The Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.29 percent while the Italian
FTSE MIB Index gained 0.52 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX
gained 0.95 percent and the French CAC tumbled 0.06 percent and
U.K. shares gained 0.17 percent.
Economics US jobless claims declined 16,000 to 339,000 in the
week ended April 20. However, economists were projecting claims
to total 351,000 last week. Continuing jobless claims fell 93,000
to 3.0 million in the week ended April 13.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index declined to -29.90 in the
latest week ended April 21, versus a prior reading of -29.20.
Natural gas supplies rose 30 billion cubic feet for the week
ended April 19, the Energy Information Administration reported.
However, analysts were expecting a rise between 27 billion and 31
billion cubic feet.
The Kansas City Fed's manufacturing composite index came in at
-5 in April. However, economists were expecting a rise to -1.
The Kansas City Fed manufacturing Index for April will be
released at 11:00 a.m. ET.
Data on money supply will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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