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With positive comments from Microsoft and Countrywide today, it's time to step back and take a slightly broader view of the markets. The S&P is up 7% this year (and 3% from its historic high).
The pattern is now very clear: companies that have significant exposure to the U.S. consumer market are having problems. Whether it is Coach (lowered guidance), IHOP (drop in guest traffic), Brinker (ditto), or Whirlpool (lower overall sales). These companies are 1) seeing slower business in the U.S. market and 2) get a significant part of their sales in the U.S.
Stocks ended broadly higher amid continued strength in the tech sector, which gained following Research in Motion's deal to distribute BlackBerry smartphones in China, along with strong earnings reported by Apple.
Tech is the bright spot today and could be a big market driver. That Nasdaq is particularly strong after its 1% gain yesterday. Major stock markets in Europe are all higher, after Asian markets closed with gains. The Dow and S&P 500 had just slight gains yesterday of just above 0.3% each.
As suspected the market cares more about Apple's earnings than anything else this morning. However, a number of other important companies came through, with a couple exceptions. At American Express, investor concerns about a slowdown in card spending and an increase in charge offs did not materialize.
Chemical maker DuPont said on Tuesday that third-quarter profit rose more than 8 percent as higher international seed sales offset weakness in the U.S. housing and auto markets.
And the bell rang and what happened was a very modest late day rally. Perfect. A big selloff, and fear levels would go way up. A big comeback, and the bears--who have gained a great deal of traction in the past week--would be throwing stones immediately. Very modest rally is just the right reaction.
U.S. stock investors looking to recoup from the worst week in almost three months will have to keep one eye out for signs of weakness in earnings due this week and the other on the threat surging oil prices.
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EU farm ministers fell short of a consensus agreement on Wednesday to allow imports of three genetically modified (GMO) maize types, again revealing their deep differences on GMO crops and foods, officials said.
Dutch chemicals group Akzo Nobel has won access to Imperial Chemical Industries' books after raising its indicative bid for the British maker of Dulux paints to 8.0 billion pounds ($16.3 billion).
Dow Chemical, the biggest U.S. chemical company, is considering making a bid for Britain's Imperial Chemical Industries, the Daily Telegraph newspaper said on Wednesday.
Stocks ended sharply lower on several disappointing earnings reports and concerns about the housing industry. "The housing story has gone from bad to worse. It's pretty clear that the subprime market is not as well contained as a lot of people had been thinking," said David Rosenberg, North American economist at Merrill Lynch.
Countrywide Financial, the largest U.S. mortgage lender, Tuesday reported a 33% decline in second-quarter profit and slashed its full-year earnings forecast, citing a difficult housing market.
Besides dissapointing earnings from Texas Instruments and Dupont, traders are watching several factors this morning. "Right now we're seeing a variety of crosscurrent's that we haven't seen in some time," says Andrew Bekoff, chief investment strategist at Printz Capial Management.
DuPont, the No. 2 U.S. chemical company, Tuesday reported lower-than-expected second-quarter profit due to lower U.S. volumes coupled with higher energy and raw material costs.
Wall Street is heading for a lower opening as some weak earnings and credit market jitters outweigh positive profit reports from companies like Pepsico and Lockheed-Martin. European markets are moving lower after overnight gains in Tokyo and Hong Kong shares.
Earnings misses by tech darling Google and Caterpillar, one of the Dow's power drivers, are adding to a wobbly opening on Wall Street. Citigroup though is a bright spot with a better than expected 18 percent profit gain and record revenues from investment banking and overseas business.
Stocks closed lower for the second straight session after the latest productivity data renewed inflation concerns and a rate hike in Europe fueled jitters about rising interest rates. "I think what we're seeing here is a correction after a fantastic run," said Larry Kantor, co-head of research at Barclays Capital.
Stocks closed lower as investors used rising bond yields and diminished outlook for an interest rate cut as excuses to take profits. "Technically, the market looks a lot like it looked before the 5% correction we got back in late February," said John Kattar, chief investment officer with Eastern Investment Advisors. "The market is overbought."