Stocks are mixed at mid-day, giving back early gains that
followed reports President Obama later today will officially name
Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve Board of Governors as
worries over the ongoing standoff in Congress over the federal
budget and debt ceiling still dominate investor attitudes.
Technical issue also are influencing today's trade, with the Dow
Jones Industrials Average earlier breaching key support at its
200-day moving average of 14,720 only to recover while the Nasdaq
Composite is trading below its 50-day moving average at
Among individual stocks, upbeat earnings from Alcoa (
) were offset by disappointing earnings from Yum! Brands (
) and Costco (
), while pressure on home builders continues as consumers
increasingly appear to be postponing major purchases as the
government shutdown continues.
The Fed this afternoon will release minutes from its last policy
meeting of the Federal Open Markets Committee three weeks ago when
members nearly unanimously voted to leave asset purchases unchanged
at $85 billion. However, as the economic landscape continues to
transform due to developments in Washington, the context of the
minutes loses its significance.
European markets were mixed with the FTSE 100 pressured by weak
manufacturing data from the UK while the German DAX got a lift by
upbeat industrial production data. But the gains were once again
tempered by pressure on the U.S. markets and likely impact the
shutdown will have on the economy in Europe.
Crude oil was down $1.92 to $101.57 per barrel. Natural gas was
down $0.03 to $3.69 per 1 million BTU. Gold was down $22.30 to
$1,302.20 an ounce, while silver) was down $0.57 to $21.87 an
ounce. Copper was down $0.06 to $3.23 per pound.
Among energy ETFs, the United States Oil Fund was down 1.88% to
$36.60 with the United States Natural Gas Fund was down 0.79% to
$18.95. Amongst precious-metal funds, the Market Vectors Gold
Miners ETF was down 1.89% to 23.45 while SPDR Gold Shares were down
1.41% to $125.60. The iShares Silver Trust was down 2.00% to
Here's where the markets stand at mid-day:
NYSE Composite Index down 3.69 (-0.04%) to 9,479.48
Dow Jones Industrial Average up 4.43 (+0.03%) to 14,780.96
S&P 500 down 2.26 (-0.14%) to 1,653.19
Nasdaq Composite Index down 30.32 (-0.82%) to 3,664.51
Nikkei 225 Index up 1.03%
Hang Seng Index down 0.63%
Shanghai China Composite Index up 0.62%
FTSE 100 Index down 0.44%
CAC 40 down 0.16%
DAX down 0.46%
NYSE SECTOR INDICES
NYSE Energy Sector Index down 0.58%
NYSE Financial Sector Index up 0.29%
NYSE Healthcare Sector Index down 0.20%
(+) MW (+27.9%) Jos. A. Bank Clothiers (
) makes a $48 per share cash offer for the rival men's apparel
retailer - with MW later rejecting the $2.3-billion offer.
(+) MG (+9.1%) Reports Q1 results that beat expectations and
affirms prior forecast for FY14 revenue.
(+) AA (+3.3%) Reports Q3 EPS of $0.11, ex-items, beating the
analyst consensus by $0.06 per share. Revenue was largely in-line
at $5.8 billion.
(-) ARIA (-70.4%) FDA puts a partial hold on new patient
enrollments in clinical trials of its Iclusig drug candidate after
some patients suffered from serious side effects including blood
clots and other cardiac problems.
(-) CYTR (-19.0%) Prices public offering of 10 million shares of
common stock at $2.25 apiece.
(-) LRN (-36.5%) Announces lower-than-expected 2014 revenue
guidance, triggering a downgrade to Neutral from Robert Baird.
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