Midway through trading Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.23 percent
to 15,874.49 while the NASDAQ declined 0.15 percent to 4,077.53.
The S&P also rose, gaining 0.24 percent to 1,785.91.
Top Headline Ford Motor Co (NYSE. F) reported a
rise in its fourth-quarter
profit. Ford's quarterly profit surged to $3.04 billion, or $0.74
per share, from a year-ago profit of $1.60 billion, or $0.40 per
share. Its adjusted earnings came in at $0.31 per share. Its
revenue surged to $37.6 billion versus $36.3 billion. However,
analysts were expecting a profit of $0.28 per share on revenue of
$34.96 billion. For 2014, Ford projects a pretax profit of $7
billion to $8 billion.
Equities Trading UP Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:
) shot up 6.91 percent to $20.74 on confirmation of talks with
shareholder Casablanca Capital.
Shares of Oshkosh (NYSE:
) got a boost, shooting up 10.39 percent to $56.75 after the
upbeat fiscal first-quarter
earnings and lifted its full-year forecast.
Silicon Motion Technology (NASDAQ:
) was also up, gaining 12.57 percent to $16.75 after the company
reported upbeat Q4 results and issued strong FY14 revenue
Equities Trading DOWN Shares of Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:
) were down 19.47 percent to $25.14
) shares tumbled 7.44 percent to $509.55 after the company issued
weak sales forecast
for the second quarter and reported downbeat holiday iPhone
sales. Analysts at BGC Partners downgraded Apple from Buy to
) was down, falling 5.29 percent to $17.26 after the
Commodities In commodity news, to $97.38, while gold traded
down 0.94 percent to $1,251.60.
Silver traded down 1.30 percent Tuesday to $19.54, while
copper fell 0.12 percent to $3.26.
Eurozone European shares today.
The Spanish Ibex Index surged 1.21 percent, while Italy's FTSE
MIB Index gained 0.96 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX climbed
0.55 percent and the French CAC 40 surged 0.98 percent while U.K.
shares rose 0.34 percent.
Economics The ICSC-Goldman same-store sales index rose 0.2% in
the week ended Saturday versus the earlier week.
The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index declined 0.1% in the
first three weeks of January versus December.
Orders for durable goods dropped 4.3% in December, versus
economists' expectations for a 1.8% gain.
U.S. home prices declined 0.1% in November, according to the
S&P/Case-Shiller home price index. However, the index gained
0.9% after seasonal adjustments.
Home prices surged 13.7% y/y in November.
The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose to 80.70
in January, versus a prior reading of 78.10. However, economists
were expecting a reading of 78.00.
The Richmond Fed manufacturing index fell to 12.00 in January,
from a previous reading of 13.00. However, economists were
expecting a reading of 13.00.
The FOMC begins its two-day policy meeting today.
The Treasury is set to auction 2-year notes.
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