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Stocks Kick Off the Third Quarter with Modest Gains

By: Schaeffer's Investment Research
Posted: 7/1/2013 4:19:00 PM
Referenced Stocks: AMGN;FB;GMCR;INTC;UTX

"After a wild and volatile June, July started off on the right foot," noted Schaeffer's Senior Technical Strategist Ryan Detrick, CMT, of a day where the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) advanced almost half a percent but fell short of the 15,000 level at the closing bell. "The overall economic backdrop today was positive, as manufacturing data out of Europe and the U.S. was better than expected. Given that this is a holiday week, though, I expect to see some muted movement over the next few days until we get to Friday and the monthly employment data."

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Although the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 14,974.96) didn't manage to overtake the 15,000 level by the close (thanks to a late-day round of selling), it did settle with a gain of 65.4 points, or 0.4%. Of the 30 components of the blue-chip index, 21 were higher on the day, with United Technologies ( UTX ) gaining 1.9% to take the top spot. Pacing the nine decliners was Intel ( INTC ), which dropped 1.4%.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1,614.96) edged above its 20-day moving average in intraday trading, but ultimately closed just a hair shy of this trendline, up 8.7 points, or 0.5%. The Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 3,434.49) , meanwhile, posted a gain of 31.2 points, or 0.9%.

The CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX - 16.37) gave back an additional 0.5 point, or 2.9%, to settle at its lowest close since June 10.



A Trader's Take :

"Although it was buried under the headlines, I was very encouraged by Amgen ( AMGN ) offering to buy Onyx Pharmaceuticals (ONXX) at nearly a 40% premium," added Detrick. "This type of activity shows there is confidence in current prices. We haven't seen a lot of merger-and-acquisition activity, but when we do, the prices bigger companies are willing to pay are very substantial."

3 Things to Know About Today's Market :

5 Stocks We Were Watching Today :

  1. Weekly options traders foresee a new all-time high for (AMZN) over the next few trading sessions.
  2. Tesla Motors (TSLA) caught the attention of options players after rallying on the heels of a price-target increase.
  3. Bearish traders scooped up back-month put options as Facebook ( FB ) underperformed the broader market.
  4. As DISH Network (DISH) continued its exploration of multi-year-high territory, front-month call buyers descended.
  5. Up more than 42% in the past 52 weeks, Cisco Systems (CSCO) scored a price-target hike at Piper Jaffray.

For a look at today's options movers and commodities activity, head to page 2.



Commodities :

Positive economic data at home and abroad helped lift crude futures today, putting the commodity back on track after Friday's decline. At the close, August-dated oil was up $1.43, or 1.5%, to settle at $97.99 per barrel.

Gold prices also rose, bouncing back after suffering their worst-ever quarterly loss on record. Gold for August delivery stretched $32 higher today, adding 2.6% to close at $1,255.70 per ounce.