Stocks Lower as Investor Gloom Returns, Reversing Some of Last Week's Momentum


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With no economic reports due on Tuesday, bears returned from a long holiday weekend to dominate in the first part of the trading day. All major indexes are trending lower at mid-day after their counterparts in Asia and Europe also showed modest losses.

Today's move follows a week that saw the Dow Jones Industrials climbing 3% fueled by a monthly report from the U.S. Labor Department that showed fewer-than-expected job losses last month.

Topping company news, Oracle ( ORCL ) is firmer after announcing that Mark Hurd has joined the firm as president and has been named to the board. Hurd is the former scandal-hit head of Hewlett-Packard Co. ( HPQ ). Additionally, Goldman Sachs reportedly added the stock to its "Conviction Buy" list this morning.

Meanwhile, Google ( GOOG ) said it will launch a service to bring the Web to televisions in the U.S. this fall, reports Reuters. The service will be released on a global basis next year. Sony ( SNE ) said last week that it had agreed to have Google TV on its television sets and that Samsung was looking at using the service, the report said. The move is an effort to compete against Apple ( AAPL ) in the online television market.

In other news, Proctor & Gamble ( PG ) is on the lookout for brands with international appeal, reports Bloomberg, citing comments from Chief Executive Officer Bob McDonald. "I'd love to buy more global brands," Bloomberg reported McDonald as saying in a recent interview with the news organization.

GlaxoSmithKline ( GSK ) received additional fire over its Avandia diabetes treatment after the British Medical Journal's editor said the medicine should be removed from the market and never should have been approved, reports Bloomberg. Avandia's sales have faltered since a study published in the New england Journal of Medicine in 2007 showed a 43% increased risk of heart attach from the drug.

A move by U.S. bank Comerica Inc. ( CMA ) to retire trust-preferred securities could end up saving it millions of dollars in interest payments, reports Bloomberg. The move could also trigger an onslaught of similar redemptions by U.S. banks. Saying the recently enacted Dodd-Frank Act no longer allows lender to count TruPS at face value, Comercia said it plans to redeem $500 million of trust-preferred securities, according to a company statement.

DryShips ( DRYS ) is down after the company said it filed for a mixed shelf offering, and said it was in full compliance with its loan agreements. It did not specify the amount of the mixed shelf offering. It said it got an additional waiver letter under its $230 million loan facilities up to Dec. 1. The previous waiver letter expired in August. DryShips also said it signed supplemental agreements to extend waivers with Piraeus Bank under its $130 million and $90 million loan facilities up to March 31, 2012.

Also, Harley Davidson Inc ( HOG ) is lower after the motorcycle manufacturer reached a tentative agreement with its union workers that could prevent the company from shifting operations out of the state of Wisconsin, where the company is based. Harley concluded talks with representatives of United Steelworkers and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers which covers 1,340 union workers. The new contract will take effect April 2012 if approved.

In energy news, Chevron Corp. ( CVX ) is down as the broader market trends lower. The oil company said this morning its Chinese subsidiary has acquired rights to explore for oil on 8,100 square miles in the South China Sea's Pearl River mouth basin. The exploration rights were purchased from Devon Energy China Ltd. Terms were not disclosed.

Also, Valero Energy Corp. ( VLO ) said its operations at refineries in Corpus Christi, Texas were unaffected by Tropical Storm Hermine as the storm passed through Texas on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Valero owns six refineries in Texas, including a 315,000 barrel a day refinery in Corpus Christi.

Commodities are mixed as December gold contracts are up 0.64%, or $8, to $1,259 an ounce while October crude contacts are down 1.55%, or $1.16, at $73.48 a barrel.

In energy ETFs, the United States Oil Fund ( USO ) is down 1.03% to $32.75 and the United States Natural Gas fund ( UNG ) is down 0.73% to $6.50.

In precious metal ETFs, the SPDR Gold Trust ( GLD ) is up 0.88% to $122.93. Market Vectors Gold Miners ( GDX ) was up 0.59% to $54.28. iShares Silver Trust ( SLV ) was down 0.15% to $19.39.

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