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Stocks extended steep losses, as the S&P 500 slid nearly 2 percent, as civil unrest in Egypt sparked widespread selling despite decent economic numbers. Microsoft and Home Depot fell, while Kraft rose.
Plus, get calls on the Nasdaq’s pullback, Ford’s earnings and more.
Small caps and momentum stocks may have been flashing warning signs about a broader market pull back.
They are rallying on concerns that the Egyptian unrest could affect operations at the Suez Canal. Any disruption at the Suez Canal would cause tanker rates to go up.
New intraday highs on the Dow and the S&P 500, but not on the Russell, the Dow Transports, or the Midcap Index. And we faded fast, and with good reason: earnings reports from Microsoft, Amazon, and Ford were all disappointing for various reasons...and widespread coverage of the Egyptian unrest.
Stocks sank despite a reading on consumer sentiment that was better-than-expected, and after the government reported a gain in gross domestic product for the fourth quarter of 2010, as traders feared the outcome of the escalating protests in Egypt. Microsoft and Home Depot fell, while Coca-Cola rose.
The problem appears to be weak margins in the North American auto business due to higher costs and other factors. There was also a charge for completion of debt-conversion offers. For 2011, they expect each of its Auto operations to be profitable and expects solid profiability for Ford Credit.
Quarterly results from both Microsoft and Amazon grabbed the spotlight with the numbers raising some eyebrows. What must you know?
Stocks ended up slightly as the major indices failed to close above significant benchmarks soon after Microsoft, in a surprise move, released earnings before the bell. GE and Home Depot rose, while P&G fell.
The online retailer's shares plunged in extended trading Thursday after the firm reported revenue that fell below what Wall Street had expected.
Stocks fell back after trading above significant benchmarks just before the close amid mixed economic and earnings news and light trading as the Northeast dug out from another major snowstorm. GE and United Technologies rose, while P&G fell.
"DRJ" explains how talk of an acquisition could be prompting heavy options activity in this consumer goods giant.
As snow blankets the Northeast, the "Fast Money" traders consider whether the cold is throwing off economic figures.
The next big test for tech comes Thursday after the close when the market hears from Amazon. Also overseas investment ideas from David Riedel.
Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.
Salesforce.com, a leader in customer-relationship software, is a poster child of positioning itself as a non-GAAP company. Wall Street obliges by valuing the stock on earnings excluding options and such things as the accretion of debt. These are, after all, non-cash expenses—as if they just vanish into thin air. (Sarcasm, intended.)
As demand for technology rises in the larger emerging markets, U.S.-based companies will find both more opportunities and competition for their products overseas.
Big Australian retailers such as Myer and Harvey Norman have for years enjoyed a cozy dominance of the local market and fat margins, but now they are howling in pain as shoppers discover bargains are to be had online.
"As the Chinese get richer," the private equity investor glowed, "this company is going to be the next Google." I was sitting in my office in Shanghai, while the investor rattled off why he loved the company. It had 50 retail outlets and planned to open another 100. Moreover, its website had 10 million monthly hits.
Stocks are seeing some of their loftiest gains deflate, and that could continue as investors weigh dozens of major earnings reports and a fresh series of economic news in the week ahead.