Dow up 72 as better jobs picture boosts stocks

The blue chips break a 4-day losing streak as jobless claims fall. Gold and oil jump on Netanyahu's Iran warnings. Tech stocks rebound from Wednesday's losses. Research In Motion soars on earnings beat; Nike falls back as earnings slip.

By Charley Blaine Sep 27, 2012 12:33PM
Charley BlaineUpdated: 7:39 p.m. ET

Stocks enjoyed a solid rally today, the first of the week, as U.S. jobless claims showed a surprisingly large decline and investors cheered Spain's budgetary plans.

While jobless claims fell, the Labor Department also reported that job gains for the year ended in March were larger than thought. But the government also reported a decline in durable-goods orders that was made worse by a big decline in commercial aircraft orders. In addition, a new measure of second-quarter growth showed the big 2012 drought was already weighing on the economy.

Homebuilding, energy and technology stocks were among the market leaders today, a day after all had pulled back. Gold (-GC) and crude oil (-CL) moved higher in part because of worries about an Iranian-Israeli war and as the dollar fell against the euro and the British pound. Energy stocks were higher.

After the close, Research In Motion (RIMM) shares jumped $1.56, or nearly 22%, to $8.70 after reporting one-time charges of 27 cents a share. Wall Street was looking for 19 cents. Revenue was $2.9 billion, up 2% from a year ago. Nike (NKE) shares were off $2.09 to $93.91 after hours. The company reported a 12% profit decline, although revenue was up 10% to $6.67 billion. Worldwide future orders were up 6% from a year ago, but Nike's gross profit margin fell to 43.5% from 44.3% a year ago.

The Dow Jones industrials ($INDU) closed up 72 points to 13,486; the blue chips had been up as many as 109 points. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) gained 14 points to 1,447, and the Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) gained 43 points to 3,137. The Nasdaq-100 Index ($NDX) had risen 40 points to 2,822.

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(AAPL), the biggest influence on the Nasdaq-100, climbed $16.14 to $681.32, gaining back all it had lost on Wednesday. (AMZN) gained $6.92 to $256.59, and Google (GOOG) was up $3.04 to $756.50.

Today's gains left the major averages poised to finish September with decent gains, although the market looks to end the week lower.

The gains for the Dow and S&P 500 were their largest since Sept. 13. The Nasdaq's gain was its largest since Sept. 6.

The Dow heads into Friday, the last trading day of the month, up 3.1% for September. The S&P 500 is up 2.9%, while the Nasdaq is up 2.3%.

If the Dow ends September with a gain, it will be the 11th for the blue chips in the last 12 months, something not seen since March 1958 through February 1959.

Personal income, Chicago PMI, Michigan consumer confidence reports due
Friday offers a full plate of economic reports, including reports on personal income and spending, the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index.

Earnings are due from American Greetings (AM) and pharmacy retailer Walgreen (WAG).

American Greetings shares were up 34 cents to $17.01 after an investment group led by CEO Zev Weiss and his family on Wednesday offered $17.18 a share for the company, a 20% premium over Tuesday's close.

Futures trading suggests a modestly higher open for stocks on Friday.

Natanyahu speech boosts gold, energy prices
Precious metals and energy prices were higher today, in part because of the United Nations speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu., who said Iran could have enough enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon by next summer.

The possibility of Iran’s possession of a nuclear weapon was a threat not only to Israel but to the entire world, Netanyahu said, and added that the failure to establish "red lines" for Tehran could lead to war. Netanyahu has been arguing for months that Iran must be stopped.

Thanks to his speech, gold settled up $26.90 to $1,780.50 an ounce.

Crude oil in New York settled up $1.87 to $91.85 a barrel, and futures of heating oil, natural gas and wholesale gasoline jumped as well. Brent crude, the benchmark North Sea oil that tends to move global oil prices, was up $2.19 to $112.36 a barrel.

The national average retail price of gasoline was down a penny to $3.795 a gallon, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

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More spending cuts for Spain
The Spanish government proposed significant spending cuts that would trim budgets for each of its ministries by an average 8.9%. The overall effect would be to trim Spain's budget deficit to 4.5% of gross domestic product, down from 9% in 2011, The Wall Street Journal said.

Not only would the central government's spending be controlled, the government is proposing to control provincial spending more tightly as well. The moves would be made so Spain can apply for and win a financial bailout from the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

The budget announcement came after several days of protests that were often violent. While bond investors were cheered, it's not clear the Spanish people are. The country already has Europe's highest unemployment rate, and it will probably go higher.

Tempur-Pedic will buy Sealy
The day featured a deal: Tempur-Pedic International (TPX) has agreed to acquire mattress company Sealy (ZZ) in a deal valued at $229 million. Sealy shareholders will receive $2.20 a share, a premium of 2.8% to Wednesday's close. Including debt assumption, the deal is valued at about $1.3 billion.

Wall Street likes the move. Tempur-Pedic was up $3.86 to $30.64. Sealy added 5 cents to $2.19.

A bias to the upside
Twenty-four of the 30 Dow stocks were higher, led by General Electric (GE), Intel (INTC) and Bank of America (BAC). Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and AT&T (T) were the laggards.

Meanwhile, 408 S&P 500 stocks were higher. First Solar (FSLR), Discover Financial Services (DFS) and MetroPCS Communications (PCS) were the leaders. Printer R.R. Donnelly (RRD) and spice-maker McCormick & Co. (MKC) were the laggards.

Ninety Nasdaq-100 stocks were higher, led by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) and Avago Technologies (AVGO). Game-maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Costco Wholesale (COST) were the laggards.

Jobless claims falls; drought hits GDP
The jobless-claims report was the day's cheery news. Claims fell 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted 359,000, the lowest level since mid-July. The four-week moving average dropped to 374,000 from 378,500. The moving average smooths out week-to-week changes.

At the same time, the Labor Department now reckons the American economy created 386,000 more jobs -- or 0.3% -- in the 12 months to March than previously thought. White House economic adviser Alan Krueger said the revision indicated that the United States had added nearly 5.1 million private-sector jobs, on a net basis, over the past 30 months.

The new estimate is something the Labor Department does annually. The revision has averaged 0.3% since 2000, according to the Liscio Report, which tracks government spending patterns.

Meanwhile, the final read on second-quarter gross domestic product showed growth of 1.3%, weaker than an expected 1.7%. Analysts said the impact of the drought was the biggest factor in the downward revision.

At the same time, August durable-goods orders tumbled 13.2%, much more than the 5% drop expected. A decline in orders at Boeing (BA) were the big driver for the decline, but other sectors showed weakness as well.

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Sep 27, 2012 1:54PM
The greed of our leaders in industry an washington is leading to our end of our way of life ! Or we will ,or are the new third world asking for aide for help ! Wake up! 
Sep 27, 2012 1:52PM
This is bogus at best.  These jobs are temporary, Christmas help, minimum wage jobs and will do nothing to boost the economy.  All it is doing is taking people off of the "actively looking for work" list and moving them over to the "now completely impoverished list."  I live in the Bay Area and there are no jobs here except Christmas help and a few tech jobs. 
Sep 27, 2012 1:51PM

What happened to housing, so far this week it had two days of making a comeback. I know yesterday it was going down again. I guess if you consider housing a non-durable good, you can make day to day assumptions.


Oops! I didn't realize the jobs comeback is today's item or was it China? Anyway, I knew they needed something today. My only complain, can't they get creative, they keep rotating the same things over and over like Europe, Greece, Spain, China, housing, jobs, Ben, QE1, QE2, QE3, etc., etc. But after all is said and done the GDP is 1.3% , my CD might out perform the GDP soon. 

Sep 27, 2012 1:51PM
Aww the sweet smell of tax payer dollars in the afternoon....
Sep 27, 2012 1:48PM
There are going to be alot of unhappy people here when Obama wins by 5 points.......
Sep 27, 2012 1:47PM

You idiot liberals don't know how to put two and two together.


Jobs up --  Middleclass income shrinking = Crap jobs


What part of this is so hard for you to understand......... you just don't want to because of your god Obama.

Sep 27, 2012 1:43PM
Can you say Bull $hit?   Yes we can
Sep 27, 2012 1:39PM

Holiday job hiring is estimated to be up over last years holiday hiring, which was a three year high.


This is good news no matter how you whacks want to spin it.

Sep 27, 2012 1:39PM
Yay! a 2 month low in layoffs...

Expecting that fake under 8% number tomorrow...
Sep 27, 2012 1:38PM
DUUUUH, how many dropped off the dole? and have quit looking??  Funny how they don't follow up with that statistic, huh?
Sep 27, 2012 1:38PM

Another telling thing about my area is the amount of crime. Just the number of stickups or home break ins that are reported each day says just how desperate some are.


So what are you clowns going to do? Listen to the nonsense of Bumbleweedbutt, El Retardo, and Endeavorless who keep posting total nonsense about how good a job banana boy is doing?


Wake up fools. Four years is enough of this nonsense. It is time to try someone new at the helm. Remember Mitt is a winner, and as president, he'll be working for America. He'll also be looking at the bottom line which is what a good capitalist does. About the only thing Obama knows how to do is examine the shine on his shoes and shoot off his big arrogant mouth.

Sep 27, 2012 1:36PM

Inproving jobs picture?


Really - one week of a decline in first time unemployment claims and you will revise upward next week.  Really?


OH I know - I remember seeing where WalMart, Kmart, Sears, Kohls and others are getting ready to ramp up for the Holidays and hire 100's of thousands part timers, to be laid off in January.


If the title of this article is not Political, then I have never seen anything political.

Sep 27, 2012 1:30PM

Oh just great!  Now Campbell soup company is laying off 700 employees and shuttering plants............they claim soup and spice consumption is down.  Well, I've got news for them, soup and spice consumption is not down............people have just had to get back to basics and make their own from scratch.

Sep 27, 2012 1:26PM

really?? hmmmm well they'll be right back up since Campell is shutting down plants, wonder why, guess people can't even afford to buy soup anymore in this sickening economy, oh wait!! that's right hehe hahahahaha!!!!! obama is ahead in ohio, and wisoncin and montana and timbuk tuu hehehe hahaha!!! oh you lefty loonies, your sooooooooooooooooooo desperate for you false messiah to win, you'll just blatantly lie and make stuff up with zero proof, that's ok, when Romney wins in NOv you can go back and try to explain away your wrong data, hey, you can blame BUsh you know, sure, meanwhile, hear that?? listen, that's all the people waiting on their obama phone, and obama internet and obama cigarettes and maybe an obama house, where obama will give you a rich person's home, and a BMW to go with it, why not?? sure, free cars, free phones and homes for every freakin' body!!!


meanwhile breaking news, slutbag std ridden rancid whorebag maddonna confirms obama is a muslim in the white house, thanx mad, but we already new that you hasbin cow!!

Sep 27, 2012 1:25PM
Here we go again.  More BS on jobs report.  Watch dems use the word unexpected.  People have quit looking for jobs and there are 7 million fewer jobs to have since obama took over.  They have nothing to run on, they are reaching for 47% straws and that is a real good sign!
Sep 27, 2012 1:24PM
Wall street will say anything to get the market up so they don't lose their big bonuses!!!
Sep 27, 2012 1:24PM

The best view of the economy is from your own backyard.


The economic data is confusing and contradictory; however, in my home town, the jobs situation is bleak. People are looking for work and very few seem able to find any. They have numerous job fairs, and thousands show up. From interviews, by the local new media, most seem frustrated and dissapointed in the available "opportunities".


What is more telling is the number of people who show up to put in applications for very low-level work like stocking shelves at Wal-Mart, Khols, or the New Menardos. These places hire a few people and throw away the balance of job applications, so the desperate must keep applying for work.


My area is in the top 10 of home foreclosures. The strip malls have mostly shuttered stores. Major companies have either gone bankrupt, left the area, or just shut their doors. It will take years for normal economic activity to return.


About the only happening thing is a few builders who managed to survive the housing crash are building a few homes. This doesn't signify anything. The smart money always wait for opportunities in the market. Right now land and mortgages are cheap, so those who have a few bucks are building.



Sep 27, 2012 1:22PM
Sep 27, 2012 1:17PM

Where are they getting these jobs they claim to have? The reason the claims have gone down is the unemployment has ran out and it shows that the jobless is down, when in actuality it is just the opposite. Ask someone on the street looking for a job to try to feed their family if the jobless is getting better.!!!!!!


Give it a thumbs down and then show us where the jobs are!

Sep 27, 2012 1:16PM
ANY uptick in jobs between now and Christmas will be seasonal hires ... but will be reported as the end of Urkels DEPRESSION!
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