The dog days of August began in fine form on Wall Street as the
S&P 500 Index
(^GSPC) each attained records to start the month. (Felines fared
pretty well too, what with
) surging 2.22% to the highest level in its history even as
(^IXIC) closed at levels not seen since September 2000, the month
closed on Broadway.) Among especially impressive canines yesterday
), which surged 6.30%, and the
), a 10.44% gainer.
Procter & Gamble
), producer of
IAMS dog food
, advanced 1.67% after earnings, proving that even Bill Ackman is
occasionally able to make money in this market. Hot dogs did okay,
) posted good gains ahead of its earnings announcement. (As for
that other Weiner, the candidate's gaff-prone campaign was a gift
(V). That stock jumped 1.22% to recover some of its prior session's
"Carlos Danger's" communications guru gave the
credit card company unexpected publicity
Today's economic data includes factory orders for June, which are
expected to tick up at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. The final full week of
Q2 earnings releases ends with
Royal Bank of Scotland
(VIAB) all slated to report results.
Electronic Arts Inc.
(EA): The video games maker, whose titles include
Medal of Honor
, is begun with a Buy recommendation and $30.83 price objective at
The Benchmark Company. Catalysts include cost controls, digital
product growth, and expectations for the firm's
Summit Midstream Partners
(SMLP): RBC Capital resumes coverage at Outperform.
: Drexel Hamilton has a Hold on
(CPN) and begins Buys on both
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