Midway through trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.53
percent to 13,854.01 while the NASDAQ dropped 1.14 percent to
3,128.48. The S&P also fell, declining 0.74 percent to
Index Technicals: The S&P has lost its 1515 support, the
next level of support looks to be forming at 1495
The Dow looks set to test the bottom of its range at
The RUT is reversing sharply on its 930 highs, sitting on a
daily 50 EMA at 909.27, with the next level of support set at
The NASDAQ looks set to reverse at 3213 and lose its 20 EMA,
with 50 EMA support set at 3119.
Top Headline Yesterday, VeriFone Systems (NYSE:
) lowered its first-quarter outlook. VeriFone now projects Q1
adjusted earnings of $0.47 to $0.50 per share on revenue of $425
million to $430 million. The company had earlier projected
earnings of $0.70 to $0.73 per share on revenue of $490 million
to $500 million. Various analysts including JP Morgan, Citigroup
and Piper Jaffray also downgraded the stock following the news.
Equities Trading UP Safeway (NYSE:
) rose 16.74 percent to $23.50 after the company reported upbeat
Berry Petroleum Co (NYSE:
) shot up 17.67 percent to $45.41 on Thursday. Linn Energy
) announced its plans to buy Berry Petroleum for about $2.5
billion in stock.
Shares of Pegasystems (NASDAQ:
) also gained 10.19 percent to $27.91 after the company reported
upbeat Q4 earnings yesterday. Equities Trading DOWN VeriFone
) traded down 39.79 percent to $19.20 after the company lowered
its first-quarter outlook.
Swift Energy Co (NYSE:
) was also down, dropping 11.30 percent to $12.72 following
downbeat fourth-quarter earnings. Shares of RF Micro Devices
) were down as well, falling 13.25 percent to $4.4850. Analysts
at Raymond James downgraded the stock from outperform from market
Commodities In commodity news, crude oil traded down 2.50
percent to $92.86, while gold traded up 0.10 percent to
Silver traded up 0.50 percent to $28.77, while copper dropped
1.40 percent to $3.56.
Euro zone In the eurozone this morning, markets tumbled
following the weaker than expected PMI data for February. The
Eurozone manufacturing PMI for February fell to 47.8 from 47.9 in
January, worse than forecasts of a reading of 48.5, with weakness
in France and Germany weighing on the broad Eurozone measure. The
manufacturing PMI for Germany surged to 50.1, while the
manufacturing PMI for France rose to 43.6. The Spanish Ibex Index
fell 1.71 percent and the Italian FTSE MIB Index fell 2.68
percent ahead of the Italian parliamentary elections this
weekend. Meanwhile, the German DAX fell 1.78 percent, the French
CAC fell 1.79 percent, the STOXX Europe 600 Index fell 1.28
percent and London's FTSE 100 Index declined 1.59 percent.
Economics In economic news Thursday, jobless claims rose 20,000
to 362,000 in the week ended February 16. However, economists
were expecting claims to increase to 351,000.
US CPI was unchanged in January, while core prices rose 0.3%.
Economists expected a 0.1% rise in the CPI and a 0.2% increase in
The preliminary flash manufacturing purchasing managers' index
declined to a 55.2 reading in February, versus a final reading of
55.8 in January. Economists were expecting the reading to drop to
Sales of existing home sales rose 0.4% to 4.92 million in
January, versus 4.9 million in December, ahead of expectations
for 4.9 million.
The leading economic index increased 0.2% in the month
January, missing estimates of a 0.3% rise
The general business conditions index of the Philadelphia
Fed's Survey declined to minus 12.8 in February, versus minus 5.8
in January, missing estimates of 1.0.
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