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The cruel earnings season for the American worker intensified Wednesday as more companies announced layoffs.
The stock market deteriorated in the final 20 minutes of trading with the Dow closing with triple digit losses.
Stocks sold off in the final hour of trading, an hour that has become known for wild, unpredictable swings, as a new government plan to juice money-market funds and some dismal corporate outlooks kept investors on edge.
The search of a market bottom likely will continue through the rest of the year and into 2009, as signs begin to emerge that a turning point is not yet upon Wall Street.
Stocks retreated after a fleeting uptick as investors digested a slew of earnings and some dismal outlooks and signs of a thawing in the credit markets.
Caterpillar missed market expectations by 2 cents Tuesday, reporting earnings per share of $1.39 for the third quarter, but it said it maintains its full-year outlook for earnings of $6 per share.
Any close that is near break even or positive would be a sign that stocks are discounting a lot of bad news.
This year the S&P Industrial Index fared even worse than the S&P 500, but Eli Lustgarten, senior vice president of Longbow Research, sees opportunities in this beaten-down sector.
Stocks turned lower again after paring most of their losses amid more signs of thawing in the seized up credit markets.
Futures are down in reaction to the poor earnings guidance we have seen from Dupont, Texas Instruments, Sandisk and Sun Micro, among others, but the swing in the futures pre-open has been only 18 points, well below the 50-point spreads we have seen in the past few weeks.
U.S. stock market index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street Tuesday as worries over the health of the economy offset enthusiasm after news of a possible second stimulus package.
Investors Tuesday will again be watching for progress in the credit markets, where the trickle from a slow thaw has been enough to end the drought of buyers in the stock market.
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With so many other factors powering the market these days, third-quarter earnings could be little more than an afterthought.
Stocks ended down for the day but still pulled off a gain for the week.
Coming off the worst week ever where volatility continues to rule, enhanced by options expiration Friday, the major indexes are all up about 4% or greater for the week.
The Dow Industrials has shown some significant moves each day over the past two weeks. In fact, yesterday the Dow was up 10% from its session low to session high.
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As of 3:30 the Dow was up over 700 points and the S&P was up over 85. If they hold onto these gains, we will witness the biggest one day point gains ever.
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