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July 30, 2013
12:45 EDTCYH, POT, IPI, AGU, HLF, COH, MRK, PFE, AET, OSK, WU, PBI, HMA, MOSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as a report on rising home prices along with some better than expected earnings reports supported the market. The second quarter earnings season, which is reaching its peak this week, may not be turning out to be as bad as some had feared. However, the week's biggest events may still be yet to come, as investors brace for tomorrow's conclusion of the Fedís two day FOMC meeting, along with the latest monthly jobs report, due Friday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home-price index was up 12.2% from the prior year and was up about 1.0% from the prior month in May, which was close to in line with forecasts. The consumer confidence index for July fell to 80.3, which was a bit worse than the expectation for it to slip just slightly from its prior reading of 81.4. COMPANY NEWS: Several of the day's worst performing stocks were fertilizer companies after Russian potash producer Uralkali ended its cooperation with Belarus' Belaruskali. Following the news, Potash (POT) tumbled 20%, Mosaic (MOS) plunged 19%, Intrepid Potash (IPI) plummeted 30%, and Agrium (AGU) dropped nearly 5%... Among several notable healthcare names to announce quarterly results this morning, Pfizer (PFE) performed the best, rising almost 1% following its report. Its peer, Merck (MRK), slid about 1% after its own report, while health insurer Aetna (AET) was little changed in midday trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Oshkosh (OSK), up 12%, Pitney Bowes (PBI), up 11%, and Western Union (WU), up 9%. Shares of multi-level marketer Herbalife (HLF) also rose over 4% following its report in spite of new questions from Bill Ackman's Pershing Square, which has a very large and well documented short position in the stock. Among the noteworthy losers was upscale accessories maker Coach (COH), which fell more than 7% after the company reported mixed fourth quarter results, announced the departure of two senior executives, and agreed to sell its Reed Krakoff business. Also lower were shares of hospital chain Health Management Associates (HMA), which fell 11% after Community Health (CYH) agreed to buy the company for the equivalent of about $13.78 per share plus possible future considerations based on the outcome of certain legal matters. INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 10.37, or 0.07%, to 15,532.34; the Nasdaq was up 23.81, or 0.66%, to 3,622.95; and the S&P 500 was up 3.18, or 0.19%, to 1,688.51.
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