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October 16, 2012
12:14 EDTKO, CLWR, AUO, JNJ, RATE, UNH, C, S, FOSLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as quarterly results from three Dow members provided hope that this earnings season may not be as bad as feared. Stocks began the session in positive territory and continued to move higher throughout the early part of the session. The premarket economic reports had little impact on the market but better than expected earnings from some of the countryís largest corporations did push the averages higher. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index, which was released after the open, also helped as the measure hit its highest level since June 2006 and added credence to the belief that a housing market recovery is progressing... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, the headline consumer price index rose 0.6% in September, versus expectations of an increase of 0.5%. The core CPI reading, which excludes food and energy components, indicated prices inched up 0.1%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Industrial production rebounded 0.4% in September, versus consensus expectations for a 0.2% rise. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 41, which was in line with expectations. Internationally, the Wall Street Journal reported that Spain is considering a request for a line of credit from the EU's new bailout mechanism... COMPANY NEWS: One day after Citigroup (C) reported stronger than expected third quarter earnings, the bank's board shocked Wall Street by announcing that Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit had stepped down, effective immediately. John Havens, Citiís President and Chief Operating Officer, also resigned. Pandit will be replaced by the current head of the European and Middle Eastern unit, Michael Corbat. Citigroup shares, which initially sold off, recovered and were up nearly 1% at midday... Among Dow members reporting earnings, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and UnitedHealth (UNH) both beat expectations and raised their full year views, while Coca-Cola (KO) shares moved down fractionally after its results were roughly in line with analysts' forecasts... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were AU Optronics (AUO), up 9% after being upgraded to Buy from Sell at CLSA, and Fossil (FOSL), up 8% following an upgrade to a Buy rating at Citigroup. Among the noteworthy losers was Bankrate (RATE), down 24% after the company gave weaker than expected guidance for its Q3 results. Also lower was Clearwire (CLWR), down 13% after Bloomberg said sources indicate that Sprint (S) has no immediate plans to acquire its smaller partner, as has been speculated... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 123.01, or 0.92%, to 13,547.24; the Nasdaq was up 36.34, or 1.19%, to 3,100.52; and the S&P 500 was up 14.90, or 1.03%, to 1,455.03.
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