|12:50 EDT||SHLD, PENN, DVAX, DELL, OMX||On The Fly: Midday Wrap |
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as meetings in Washington offered hope that a compromise on the fiscal cliff may emerge. The averages began the session slightly higher but quickly crossed back into negative territory. The economic reports released today were generally benign. Investors took some solace from encouraging commentary about compromise coming out of D.C. and the averages all crossed back into positive ground near noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., industrial production unexpectedly declined 0.4% in October, compared to forecasts for a 0.2% gain, though the Fed said that Superstorm Sandy cut total production by almost 1 percentage point... COMPANY NEWS: Dell (DELL) shares fell 6.5% after its quarterly results missed estimates on both the top and bottom lines and the company called the global demand environment for its core PC business especially "challenging"... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penn National (PENN), up 30% after announcing its intent to separate its gaming operating assets and real property assets into two publicly traded companies. Also higher were shares of OfficeMax (OMX), up 20% after Boise Cascade, in which it holds a stake, filed to go public via an initial public offering of stock. Among the noteworthy losers was Dynavax (DVAX), down 46% after an FDA advisory committee voted that there was insufficient data to adequately support the safety of its Heplisav vaccine. Also lower were shares of Sears Holdings (SHLD), down 18% after its quarterly report... INDICES: The Dow was up 40.82, or 0.33%, to 12,583.20; the Nasdaq was up 15.48, or 0.55%, to 2,852.42; and the S&P 500 was up 6.36, or 0.47%, to 1,359.69.