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Stocks traded off the highs of the day before the close amid a still uncertain global environment rocked by uncertainty in the Middle East and Japan, although bank stocks got a lift as institutions began announcing dividend increases. JPMorgan and Caterpillar rose, while Travelers fell.
Stocks pared gains as news that fighting in Libya was continuing despite Libya's pronouncement that it was ceasing military operations, although bank stocks got a lift as institutions began announcing dividend increases. JPMorgan and Caterpillar led the gainers.
There is no way to underscore the depth of the tragedy we see playing out before us as the potential of a nuclear nightmare of unprecedented proportions unfolds before our eyes. And while it pales in comparison to the human toll, the Japanese economy is also surely facing a period of great challenge.
Stocks opened higher this morning as the world community is finally moving on Libya. Oil dropped to $101 from $103 when the Libyan Foreign Minister said they were declaring a cease fire. France says strikes are imminent after the U.N. approved a no-fly zone. What's not clear is whether this is too little, too late.
U.S. stock index futures rose sharply ahead of the open Friday after Libya announced it was ceasing military operations to protect civilians in the wake of United Nation's decision to create a no-fly zone over the country.
As the Tokyo Electric Power began throwing everything at the reactor problem, Japanese big cap stocks like Sony (SNE) and Panasonic (PC) have been rising (Sony is down nearly 20 percent in the past week), as have big miners like BHP Billiton (BBL) and Rio Tinto (RIO), which are up 3 or 4 percent.
Stocks closed off the lows of the day, although still 1 percent lower, as buyers stepped into the market in afternoon trading even as investors remained unnerved by the escalating nuclear crisis in Japan. Intel and Cisco fell, while Chevron gained. .
Stocks significantly pared losses, although continued to trade lower, after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed intentions to continue stimulating the economy through bond purchases even as investors remained unnerved by the escalating nuclear crisis in Japan. Intel and Cisco fell, while Chevron gained.
Stocks pared the worst losses of the day, although remain sharply lower, as the worsening nuclear crisis in Japan prompted investors to sell stocks across the globe and move into safer investments. GE and Intel led the blue-chip index lower.
The Nikkei was down 10.5 percent again last night and is now down almost 19 percent in the past 4 trading sessions. While some have been calling the markets decline "irrational" (the Nikkei has moved almost one annual standard deviation in three days, FTalphaville has noted), the unstable situation at the nuclear plants is a real X-factor that justify caution.
Tuesday may be a critical day and I favor the downside, says trader Guy Adami.
Stocks closed lower, although considerably off the lows of the day, as investors assessed how the massive quake in Japan was likely to affect stocks and the global economy. GE and Verizon fell, while Caterpillar rose.
Stocks pared losses in the final hour of trading Monday as investors remained shaken in the aftermath of Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami. GE and Verizon fell, while Caterpillar rose.
From key levels on the S&P, to weakness in the tech sector, the Fast Money team reveals what the pros are watching in the wake of the Japan tragedy.
Stocks slumped as investors assessed how the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan would affect U.S. companies and the global economy. GE sank, while Pfizer gained.
Various companies in the food chains of autos and semiconductors are also down. Polypore International, for example, which makes membranes for lead-acid and lithium batteries, is down 5 percent. As there were damage to many plants, a few semiconductor names outside Japan are trading up.
Software sales came in slightly better than analysts were expecting, while hardware sales shattered expectations. For the month, game sales fell 5 percent versus a year ago, according to the NPD.
With a weak slate of titles, February is shaping up to be another negative month for the video game industry.
The explosion in cheap and free apps and social network games has devalued game development and could put the industry at risk.
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