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The news was not particularly good today, and so a modest drop was certainly a decent performance. Consider: 1) semis weak on AMD's poor guidance 2) materials mixed on Alcoa below estimates 3) Fed minutes full of concern about economic slowdown
Washington Mutual did it, raising $7 b in capital ($2 b more than had been discussed yesterday). TPG will purchase $2 b in newly issued securities. They also sold 176 m shares of common at $8.75 a share (closed at $13.15 yesterday), and issued $5.5 b in convertible preferred securities, along with warrants. Slashing quarterly dividend to $0.01 a share.
Futures are down slightly, but have been stable throughout the morning, despite rather downbeat commentary from Alcoa and AMD. Metals a bit weaker (the IMF sold 12 percent of its gold stake, so gold is down 1 percent), dollar fairly stable, Europe down about 1 percent on average.
A rally in commodities and financials was halted midday as Arch Coal gave guidance for the full year that disappointed investors. It was a reminder that the upcoming earnings season was likely to provide a fair share of disappointments. This was confirmed after the close, when aluminum giant Alcoa also reported earnings that were below expectations;
Two big stories today: commodities and Washington Mutual. What's up with commodity prices? Copper, gold, oil all moving up again. Goldman Sachs raises aluminum price estimates on strong Chinese demand during 2008 (somewhat offset by a contraction in aluminum consumption in the US, Japan and Europe, they say), combined with supply constraints in China...
.Three big financial stocks are the top volume movers this morning--Washington Mutual, UBS, and Citigroup. Washington Mutual up 16 percent pre-open on a Journal story that private equity firm TPG and others may invest $5 b in the company, which would provide it with much-needed capital.
Don't let the light-volume, low volatility day lull you into thinking nothing happened today. The disappointing jobs report (including downward revisions in January and February) failed to significantly drop the markets.
The March jobs report (and the downward revisions in February) was a bit worse than expected, which is a disappointment for stock traders. Let's be clear: stock traders want signs of stability and bottoming in economic statistics. They DO NOT want weak numbers on the theory that the Fed will continue to cut rates. They will gladly trade less rate cuts for an improving economy.
Don’t let the flat market fool you: This was still an important day. First, the Street yawned at the two main news stories of the day. Despite a marathon, 5-hour Congressional session inquiring into the origin of the Bear Stearns mess, and a new series of proposals from the Senate to address the housing crisis, the net effect on the stock market was... nothing.
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