Volatility has returned to the markets in 2014. Monday's trading
session saw a 127-point swing in the Dow as Wall Street reacted to
government data that didn't meet expectations.
The Dow ended the day at 16,425.10-down 44.89 or 0.27 percent.
The S&P 500 lost 4.6 points or 0.25 percent to close at
1,826.77 and the tech-heavy NASDAQ shed 18.23 points or 0.4
percent. Monday's close represented the third straight trading day
of losses for the U.S. indices.
Tuesday morning, the Dow is showing strength. The premarket is
signaling a 77 point move to the upside and the S&P is up about
Janet Yellen was confirmed by the Senate to head the Federal
Reserve. The vote was generally down party lines with Republican
Senators voting no. Only 11 Republicans joined Democrats to vote
yes. Yellen will replace outgoing chair Ben Bernanke who vacates
his position on January 31. Samsung (OTC:
) reported an 18 percent drop in operating profit to $7.8 billion.
Investors expressed concern as forward guidance came in soft as
Apple makes bigger moves into the Asian smartphone market. Samsung
earns two-thirds of its profit from its mobile device business.
Florida State beat Auburn 34-31 to win the BCS Championship
Asian markets ended the day mixed. The Nikkei continued its
losses falling about 0.6 percent to 15814.37. Investors are trading
cautiously as they wait for key U.S. data coming out tomorrow and
The Shanghai Composite finished the day nearly flat, up 1.61 to
close at 2047.32 and the Hang Seng, up 0.13 percent to close at
Europe is trending up about one-quarter of a percent. The FTSE
and the German DAX are up about 0.3 percent and the CAC is up 0.2
percent. Key economic data was released including the harmonized
index of consumer prices, a measure of inflation, showed 1.2
percent compared to forecasts of 1.4 percent.
Energy is showing strength while metals are weak. WTI is up
about 0.4 percent at $93.83 per barrel and Brent is up 0.35 percent
to $107.12. Natural gas is up about 0.4 percent to $4.32.
Gold is flat at $1,237.10 per ounce, silver is down 0.2 percent
to $20.06 per ounce and copper is down 0.2 percent to $3.35.
The yen is showing a bit of weakness against the dollar. The
Japanese currency is down 0.2 percent against the dollar at 104.44.
The Euro is unchanged against the dollar currently sitting at 1.363
and the Aussie dollar is a half percent lower against the U.S.
dollar at 0.891.
Pre-market trading is mostly quiet this morning. Textron (NYSE:
) is down 1.4 percent in early trading while Lockheed Martin (NYSE:
) is up 1.1 percent.
A. Schulman (NASDAQ:
) reported earnings that beat expectations. It's fiscal
first-quarter earnings came in at $0.57 per share on revenue of
$585.4 million. Analysts expected EPS of $0.47 on revenue of $571
million. Sonic (NASDAQ:
) reported mostly inline earnings. It's first quarter earnings came
in at $0.13 on revenue of $126.7 million. Analysts expected EPS of
$0.13 on revenue of $127.98 million. After-hours today, Apollo
) will report first-quarter earnings. Analysts expect EPS of $0.90
on revenue of $850.58 million. Franklin Covey (NYSE:
) is expected to report first-quarter earnings of $0.25 per share
on revenue of $46.47 million. Micron Technology (NASDAQ:
) will report first-quarter earnings after the closing bell.
Analysts expect EPS of $2.18 per share on revenue of $9.31 billion.
This week is full of key economic data. International trade data
will come out at 8:30 am and a 3-year note auction will take place
at 1:00 pm ET. Tomorrow, the FOMC minutes will come out at 2:00
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