Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.18
percent to 16,101.80 while the NASDAQ surged 0.48 percent to
4,037.06. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.24 percent to
Top Headline Yesterday, Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:
) reported stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter results.
Hewlett-Packard posted a quarterly net income of $1.4 billion,
or $0.73 per share, versus a year-ago loss of $6.9 billion, or
$3.49 per share. Excluding one-time charges, it earned $1.01 per
Its revenue dropped 3% to $29.1 billion. However, analysts
were projecting a profit of $1 per share on revenue of $27.86
billion. For the fiscal first quarter, Hewlett-Packard expected
an adjusted profit of $0.82 to $0.86 per share.
Equities Trading UP GW Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ:
) shot up 9.17 percent to $38.21 after the company received
regulatory approval for Sativex in Switzerland.
Shares of Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:
) got a boost, shooting up 8.08 percent to $27.12 after the
fourth-quarter results. Evercore Partners upgraded the stock from
Underweight to Equalweight and raises the price target from
$20.00 to $25.00.
Foster Wheeler AG (NASDAQ:
) was also up, gaining 6.13 percent to $30.49 on a report from
The Times that rival Amec (OTC:
) is considering a bid, according to sources. Goldman Sachs has
reportedly been hired as advisor on a potential deal.
Equities Trading DOWN Shares of Infoblox (NYSE:
) were down 22.15 percent to $35.00 after the company issued a
weak outlook for the second quarter.
) shares tumbled 9.52 percent to $33.75 after the company
reported Q3 unaudited financial results.
Analog Devices (NASDAQ:
) was down, falling 6.07 percent to $46.89 after the company
reported downbeat revenue for the fourth quarter.
Commodities In commodity news,
oil traded down 1.37 percent
to $92.40, while gold traded up 0.10 percent to $1,242.80.
Silver traded down 0.34 percent Wednesday to $19.83, while
copper fell 0.81 percent to $3.19.
Eurozone European shares
today. The Spanish Ibex Index rose 1.05 percent, while Italy's
FTSE MIB Index gained 0.90 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX
surged 0.63 percent and the French CAC 40 jumped 0.50 percent
while U.K. shares rose 0.33 percent.
Economics US jobless claims dropped by 10,000 to 316,000 in
the week ended November 23. However, economists were estimating
claims to increase to 330,000.
US durable goods orders dropped 2% in October, versus
economists' expectations for a 2.2% fall.
The Chicago Fed National Activity Index declined to -0.18 in
October, versus a prior reading of 0.14.
The MBA's index of mortgage application activity declined 0.3%
in the week ended November 25.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to -33.70 in the
week ended November 24, versus a prior reading of -34.60.
The Reuter's/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index
climbed to a final reading of 75.1 in November, versus 73.2 in
October. However, economists were expecting a final reading of
The Conference Board's index of leading indicators gained
0.20% in October, versus economists' expectations for a 0.00%
Crude supplies rose by 3 million barrels for the week ended
November 22, the US Energy Information Administration reported.
However, analysts were expecting a drop of 1.5 million
Supplies of natural gas declined 13 billion cubic feet for the
week ended November 22, the US Energy Information Administration
reported. However, analysts were projecting a fall of 7 billion
cubic feet to 11 billion cubic feet.
The Treasury is set to auction 7-year notes.
Data on farm prices will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET.
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