Markets Rise; Goldman Sachs Profit Beats Estimates

Following the market opening Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.24 percent to 17,096.47 while the NASDAQ gained 0.04 percent to 4,442.10. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.17 percent to 1,980.53.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Tuesday morning, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Rockwood Holdings (NYSE: ROC ) and Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (NYSE: SID ).

In trading on Tuesday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.26 percent. Top decliners in the sector included Miller Energy Resources (NYSE: MILL ), down 7.6 percent, and Oasis Petroleum (NYSE: OAS ), off 3.9 percent.

Top Headline

The Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS ) reported stronger-than-expected second-quarter results.

Goldman Sachs posted its quarterly earnings of $2.04 billion, or $4.10 per share, up 9% from $1.93 billion, or $3.70 per share, in the year-ago period.

Its total revenue rose 6% to $9.13 billion from $8.61 billion. However, analysts were projecting earnings of $3.05 per share on revenue of $7.97 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Rockwood Holdings (NYSE: ROC ) shares shot up 12.91 percent to $85.47 after Albemarle (NYSE: ALB ) announced its plans to acquire Rockwood in a cash and stock transaction valued at around $6.2 billion.

Shares of Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG ) got a boost, shooting up 16.75 percent to $4.88 following Monday's initiation at FBR with a Outperform rating.

JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) shares were also up, gaining 3.43 percent to $58.22 after the company reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings.

Equities Trading DOWN

Shares of Lorillard (NYSE: LO ) were down 7.53 percent to $62.16 after Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI ) agreed to acquire Lorillard in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $27.4 billion, including the assumption of net debt.

Aaron's (NYSE: AAN ) shares tumbled 5.01 percent to $31.85 after the company lowered its Q2 forecast.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) was down, falling 2 percent to $103.27 on Q2 results. Johnson & Johnson reported a rise in its second-quarter earnings and lifted its profit forecast for the full year.


In commodity news, to $100.00, while gold traded up 0.23 percent to $1,309.70.

Silver traded up 0.46 percent Tuesday to $21.01, while copper rose 0.03 percent to $3.25.


European shares today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 rose 0.12 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index dropped 0.60 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index declined 0.43 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX rose 0.02 percent and the French CAC 40 dropped 0.14 percent while UK shares gained 0.04 percent.


The ICSC-Goldman Store Sales gained 0.1% in the week ended Saturday versus the earlier week.

US retail sales gained 0.2% in June, versus economists' expectations for a 0.6% rise.

The import price index rose 0.1% in June, versus economists' expectations for a 0.4% gain. US export price index declined 0.4% in June.

The Empire State manufacturing index surged to 25.60 in July, versus a prior reading of 19.28. However, economists were expecting a reading of 17.00.

US business inventories rose 0.50% in May, versus economists' expectations for a 0.60% gain.

The Treasury is set to auction 4-week bills.

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