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March 1, 2012
12:27 EDTVE, F, TGT, DGI, PEGA, FIATY, M, HUSA, GM, GPS, WMTOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at mid-day, as unemployment claims remained relatively low and retail sales rose. Each of the major indices is higher, with the Nasdaq near its highs of the day. The futures received a boost following in-line jobless claims data, and after the bell rang investors generally ignored the worse-than-expected construction spending number and the ISM data which also fell short of forecasts. The market weakened ever so slightly but continues to show it is resiliency, with the Nasdaq poised to overtake the 3000 level again... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, 351,000 initial jobless claims were reported, versus the expected 355,000. Personal income for the month of January showed an increase of 0.3%, versus the expected increase of 0.5%, while personal spending was up 0.2%, versus the expected increase of 0.4%. Construction spending fell 0.1% in January, versus expectations for an increase of 1.0%. The ISM manufacturing index read 52.4, which was below the expected 54.5. In Europe, sovereign debt yields declined following the latest LTRO and ISDA ruled that no "credit event" had occurred due to Greece's debt swap arrangements. In China, the official PMI reading came in at 51, which was a month-over-month improvement and indicated expansion... MARKET NEWS: Wal-Mart (WMT) raised its dividend by about 9%. In other retail news, February same store sales were generally strong, with Macy's (M) reporting comparable sales up 4.6% and Target (TGT) saying SSS were up 7%. Among clothing retailers, Gap (GPS) was one of the biggest beneficiaries of a report that surprised to the upside... All the auto makers reporting so far this morning announced increased sales, with Chrysler (FIATY) saying sales were up 40% in February, Ford (F) up 14% and General Motors (GM) up 1% in spite of forecasts that its sales would have declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Pegasystems (PEGA), after its earnings and revenue beat Street expectations, and Veolia Environment (VE), after it reaffirmed its 2012-2013 goal to sell EUR5B in assets and said it is in exclusive talks with an undisclosed investor to sell its stake in its transport unit. Noteworthy losers included Houston American Energy (HUSA), after revealing that its Tamandua #1 well has been plugged, and DigitalGlobe (DGI), following a report of adjusted earnings that missed estimates... INDICES: Near 12:20 pm ET, the Dow was up 49.38, or 0.38%, to 13,001.45; the Nasdaq was up 22.73, or 0.77%, to 2,989.62; and the S&P 500 was up 8.74, or 0.64%, to 1,374.42.
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