Following the market opening Monday, the Dow traded up 0.11
percent to 14,728.76 while the NASDAQ gained 0.51 percent to
3,295.94. The S&P also rose, surging 0.28 percent to
Top Headline Loews (NYSE:
) reported a 34% drop in its first-quarter earnings.
Loews' quarterly profit declined to $242 million, or $0.62 per
share, from $367 million, or $0.92 per share, in the year-ago
period. Excluding one-time items, its adjusted net income came in
at $334 million.
Its revenue fell 0.3% to $3.73 billion, while revenue from
insurance premiums gained 7%.
Equities Trading UP Conceptus (NASDAQ:
) shot up 19.50 percent to $30.95 after Bayer AG agreed to
acquire the company for about $1.1 billion.
Shares of SINA (NASDAQ:
) got a boost, shooting up 17.75 percent to $59.23 after Alibaba
acquired 18% stake in Sina's Weibo for $586 million.
Tenet Healthcare (NYSE:
) was also up, gaining 11.44 percent to $45.87 after UBS upgraded
the stock from "neutral" to "buy."
Equities Trading DOWN Nam Tai Electronics (NYSE:
) was down, falling 29.69 percent to $7.97 on Q1 results.
Shares of National Bank of Greece SA (NYSE:
) were down 7.02 percent to $1.06 after the bank's shareholders
approved a 9.75 billion euro ($12.7 billion) share offering.
Sinclair Broadcast Group (NASDAQ:
) shares tumbled 8.99 percent to $25.02 after the company
reported downbeat Q1 revenue.
Commodities In commodity news, oil traded up 1.43 percent to
$93.40, while gold traded up 0.91 percent to $1,466.90.
Silver traded up 1.67 percent Monday to $24.19, while copper
rose 1.02 percent to $3.22.
Eurozone European shares were higher on stimulus hopes,
sentiment from Italy over the formation of the new government,
and news out of Greece that parliament passed a set of
legislation enabling the country to receive the next bailout
Eurozone consumer confidence improved slightly in April as the
index rose to -22.0 from -23.5 in March, in line with estimates.
Business confidence was slightly weaker than expected in April at
88.6 vs. 89.3 forecast.
The Spanish Ibex Index rose 1.25 percent while the Italian
FTSE MIB Index gained 1.47 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX
rose 0.40 percent and the French CAC surged 0.83 percent and U.K.
shares climbed 0.17 percent.
Economics Consumer spending climbed 0.2% in March, versus 0.7%
in February. Personal income gained 0.2% last month. However,
economists were expecting a 0.1% rise in spending and a 0.4% rise
Pending sales of homes surged 1.5% in March. The
pending-home-sales index rose to 105.7 in the month, versus 104.1
The Dallas Fed general business activity index for April will
also be released today.
The Treasury will hold its weekly 3- and 6-month bill
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