Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded up 0.51
percent to 16,355.94 while the NASDAQ gained 0.45 percent to
4,338.29. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.50 percent to
Leading and Lagging Sectors In trading on Friday, non-cyclical
consumer goods & services shares were relative leaders, up on
the day by about 0.60 percent. Leading the sector was strength
from H&E Equipment Services (NASDAQ:
) and Monster Beverage (NASDAQ:
Basic materials sector gained 0.03 percent the US market
today. Among the sector stocks, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional
) was down more than 4.8 percent, while Braskem SA (NYSE:
) tumbled around 2.7 percent.
Top Headline Pepco Holdings (NYSE:
) reported a
in its fourth-quarter profit. For the year, Pepco projects
earnings of $1.12 to $1.27 per share, versus analysts' estimates
of $1.22 per share. Pepco's quarterly earnings surged to $58
million, or $0.23 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $43
million, or $0.18 per share. Excluding one -time items, its
earnings from continuing operations came in at $0.24 per share.
Its total operating revenue climbed 3.3% to $1.09 billion.
However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.21 per share on
revenue of $1.11 billion.
Equities Trading UP Youku Tudou (NYSE:
) shot up 15.72 percent to $35.71 after the company reported
upbeat Q4 results.
Shares of OmniVision Technologies (NASDAQ:
) got a boost, shooting up 10.77 percent to $17.94 after the
company posted better-than-expected Q3 results.
) was also up, gaining 13.17 percent to $47.52 on Q4 results.
Equities Trading DOWN Shares of Endologix (NASDAQ:
) were down 24.43 percent to $13.50 on lowered guidance, analyst
downgrades. Oppenheimer downgraded the stock from Outperform to
Market Perform and cut the price target from $20.00 to
Deckers Outdoor (NASDAQ:
) shares tumbled 14.13 percent to $72.71 after the company
expected a Q1 loss of $0.16 per share. Analysts at Jefferies
downgraded the stock from Buy to Hold and lowered the price
target from $100 to $75.
) was down, falling 13.12 percent to $27.75 after the company
reported fourth-quarter results and announced a new $350 million
share buyback program. BB&T Capital downgraded the stock from
Buy to Hold.
Commodities In commodity news,
oil traded down 0.52 percent
to $101.87, while gold traded down 0.10 percent to $1,330.50.
Silver traded down 0.06 percent Friday to $21.34, while copper
fell 0.08 percent to $3.20.
Eurozone European shares
were mostly lower
The Spanish Ibex Index fell 1.13 percent, while Italy's FTSE
MIB Index fell 0.16 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX rose 0.23
percent and the French CAC 40 dropped 0.12 percent while U.K.
shares declined 0.05 percent.
Economics The US economy grew at an annual pace of 2.4% in the
fourth quarter, versus a prior reading of 3.2%.
However, economists were expecting a growth of 2.5%.
The Chicago PMI rose to 59.80 in February, versus a prior
reading of 59.60. However, economists were expecting a reading of
The final reading of the Reuter's/University of Michigan's
consumer sentiment index rose to 81.60 in February, versus a
prior reading of 81.20. However, economists were expecting a
reading of 81.20.
The pending home sales index rose 0.1% in January, versus
economists' expectations for a 1.8% gain.
Data on farm prices will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET.
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