"This morning, the European Commission lowered its 2014
forecast, and this unexpected news sent most major sectors into the
red," noted Schaeffer's Senior Equity Analyst Joe Bell, CMT. "It
was pretty impressive how many stocks spent the late afternoon
climbing off their lows, and by the end of the day, we had a
relatively flat market." Although the
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI)
managed to narrow its losses throughout the day, the index still
closed in negative territory for the session.
Continue reading for more on today's market, including
The ISM's non-manufacturing index unexpectedly rose in October,
AOL, Inc. (
) reported a revenue beat, and BlackBerry Ltd (
) was hit with some bearish brokerage notes.
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 15,618.22)
stumbled to an intraday low of 15,522.18 within the first hour of
trading, but managed to ease its losses to just 20.9 points, or
0.1%, for the session. Cisco Systems, Inc. (
) led the Dow's 12 advancers with a gain of 2.2%, while AT&T
Inc.'s (T) drop of 2.5% paced the 18 decliners.
S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1,762.97)
followed a similar path, and shed 5 points, or 0.3%, on the day.
Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 3,939.86)
outperformed its peers by advancing 3.3 points, or 0.1%, by the
CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 13.27)
spiked out of the gate, but finished with a modest advance of 0.3
point, or 2.6% -- and back atop the 13 mark.
A Trader's Take
"Tech stocks continued to impress, as it was one of the best
performing sectors today," Bell continued. "Many tech names made up
for the clear underperformance of the financial and energy
3 Things to Know About Today's Market
- Despite the government shutdown, the Institute for Supply
Management (ISM) said its
arrived at 55.4 in October, up from 54.4 in the month prior.
Economists, on average, were expecting the index to decline
- AOL, Inc. (
) reported a
in third-quarter profits to $2 million, or 2 cents per share.
Excluding items, earnings arrived at 55 cents per share.
Meanwhile, revenue climbed 6% to $561.3 million, topping the
- For the third quarter, CVS Caremark Corporation (CVS) earned
$1.25 billion, or $1.03 per share
, compared to $1 billion, or 80 cents per share, in the year-ago
period. On an adjusted basis, earnings arrived at $1.05 per
share, while revenue rose 5.8% to $31.97 billion. Economists, on
average, were forecasting an adjusted, per-share profit of $1.02
on $31.53 in sales.
5 Stocks We Were Watching Today
BlackBerry Ltd (
received some bearish analyst attention after its buyout deal
- A jump in listening hours triggered a price surge for
Pandora Media Inc (P)
, much to the surprise of bearish bettors.
- A stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings report from
Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (KORS)
lured call buyers and sellers to the options pits.
T-Mobile US, Inc.'s (TMUS)
spike in subscriber growth pushed the stock to a new high -- and
caused one trader to up his bullish ante.
- Ahead of tonight's turn in the earnings confessional,
Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA)
speculators picked up short-term put options.
For a look at today's options movers and commodities
activity, head to page 2.
Crude futures turned lower today, amid anxieties regarding an
abundance of oil supplies. By the time the dust settled, the
December contract dropped $1.25, or 1.3%, to $93.37 per barrel --
marking the lowest price for a most active contract since early
Gold futures also declined, as a stronger greenback dragged
prices lower. December-dated gold shed $6.60, or 0.5%, to close at
$1,308.10 per ounce.