|14:27 EDT||LNKD, BBRY, CMG, MSFT, DELL||Market set to finish week mixed as European fears return|
Stock indexes are set to end the week mixed after political turbulence in Spain and Italy unnerved investors but U.S. and Chinese trade data gave stocks a boost. The Dow is poised to finish the week lower, while the S&P and Nasdaq are set to finish slightly higher. MACRO NEWS: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other members of the country's Conservative Party were accused of receiving secret cash payments, and the upcoming Italian election may be affected by an unfolding banking scandal. As a result, political uncertainty gripped both countries, scaring investors...On a more positive note, the U.S. trade deficit came in significantly below expectations, and China said its imports and exports rose sharply last month...Many Republican House members said they were willing to let automatic spending cuts take effect next month, causing investors to worry that the cuts would have a negative effect on the economy. COMPANY NEWS: Dell (DELL) announced that it had agreed to a leveraged buyout by a consortium led by its CEO, Michael Dell, and investment firm Silver Lake. Microsoft (MSFT) will provide a $2B loan to the acquirers..BlackBerry's (BBRY) stock soared this week amid indications that sales of the company's new Z10 phone have been strong so far...Also reporting good news and climbing were LinkedIn (LNKD) and Chipotle (CMG), which both delivered stronger than expected results.