Dow jumps 133 as Americans head to the polls

The blue chips rise thanks to gains for Caterpillar, Boeing and United Technologies. Crude oil tops $88; gold moves over $1,700. Intel rises despite a report Apple may stop using its chips. Chipotle jumps.

By Charley Blaine Nov 6, 2012 2:48PM
Charley BlaineUpdated: 8:40 p.m. ET

As Americans went to the polls today, Wall Street enjoyed a big rally, with the major averages finishing higher for the third time in four days.

The Dow Jones industrials ($INDU) finished up more than 130 points and, in two days, made back all of their losses on Friday in a rally built on gains for big energy, industrial and financial stocks.

 AT&T (T) and Intel (INTC) were the only Dow stocks not to finish in the black. Intel was hit by a report that Apple (AAPL) is thinking about replacing Intel-made chips in its Macintosh computers.

Oil prices were higher on worries that Superstorm Sandy has cut into domestic supplies of crude oil and refined energy products. The Energy Department will report on U.S. inventories on Wednesday. Gold (-GC) moved above $1,700 for the first time in three days. And the U.S. dollar is holding its own.

The Dow gained 133 points to 13,246. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) gained 11 points to 1,428. The Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) climbed 12 points to 3,012.
The Nasdaq-100 Index ($NDX) was up 8 points to 2,681. Apple, the biggest influence on the index, was off $1.77 to $582.85. The stock is still down 17% from its mid-September closing high of $702.10.

Crude oil (-GC) in New York was at $88.89 a barrel, up $3.24. Brent crude , the benchmark North Sea crude, jumped to $111.08 a barrel, up $3.35.

But the national average price of gasoline fell to $3.463 a gallon, down from $3.47 a gallon on Monday. according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The price is down 9.3% from a near-term high of $3.818 on Oct. 8.

Gold settled up $31.80 to $1,715 an ounce. Commodity prices generally were higher.

The rally  came as voters were lining up at polling places around the country to elect a president, members of Congress and a third of the U.S. Senate in what polls suggest will be one of the closest elections in recent years.

The betting site Intrade.com sees the odds of a win for President Barack Obama at 68%, with the odds of a Mitt Romney win at 32%. The Iowa Electronics Markets, which also lets investors speculate on the election outcome, sees similar odds.  Both sites see Obama winning a touch less than 51% of the popular vote and Romney winning around 49%.

It's no guarantee that what happens on Election Day will carry through beyond. Bespoke Investment Group says the S&P 500 had positive returns in only two of the last seven days after a presidential election.

But many on Wall Street believe that just getting a result -- whether it's Obama or Romney -- will add some certainty to financial markets.

Energy prices -- New York close



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$88.71

$85.65

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$3.0529

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-0.31%

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Natural gas (-NG)

$3.6170

$3.5540

-2.03%

21.01%
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Unleaded gasoline (-RB)

$2.6989

$2.6202

2.61%

1.56%
(per gallon)











Brent crude 

$110.84

$107.73

4.88%

3.22%
(per barrel)











Retail gasoline

$3.4630

$3.4700

-1.65%

5.71%
(per gallon; AAA)












Amazon.com wins one from Apple in Europe
After the close, Amazon.com (AMZN) shares were down slightly at $237.24 after Reuters said European Union regulators are to end an antitrust probe into e-book prices by accepting an offer by Apple and four publishers to ease price restrictions on Amazon.

That decision would hand online retailer Amazon a victory in its attempt to sell e-books cheaper than rivals in the fast-growing market publishers hope will boost revenue and increase customer numbers.

"Faced with years of court battles and uncertainty I can understand why some of these guys decided to fold their cards and take the whipping," said Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, an ebook publisher and distributor that works with Apple.

Separately, Apple has told a judge that Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 10.1 device infringes its patents, and sought to add the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system to an existing lawsuit against Samsung in California. It's the first time Apple has sought to add Google's (GOOG) popular smart-phone operating system to a patent case.

Vringo wins and loses

Shares of Vringo (VRNG) fell 38 cents to $3.57 after the mobile-phone software maker said a jury had asked five companies, including Google (GOOG), to pay about $30 million for infringing on its patents.


The shares dropped because Vringo had been looking for compensation of at least $696 million from the companies, financial website iStockAnalyst had previously reported.


The court-appointed jury in Norfolk, Va., upheld the validity of Vringo's patents and asked Google to pay $15.8 million, AOL (AOL) $7.9 million, IAC/InterActive's (ACI) IAC Search & Media $6.6 million and Gannett (GCI) $4.3 million, Vringo said.


Vringo inherited the lawsuit after it acquired Innovate/Protect (I/P), a company that specializes in monetizing intellectual property, in March.


I/P had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against AOL, Google, IAC, Gannett and Target (TGT) in 2011. Target was asked to pay $98,833.


The jury recommend that the court approve a 3.5% royalty rate that companies must pay.


A broad rally
Of the 30 Dow stocks, 28 were higher, along with 429 S&P 500 stocks and 78 Nasdaq-100 stocks. In addition, transportation stocks, especially trucking and railroad shares, were higher. So were chip and bank stocks.

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Boeing (BA) and United Technologies (UTX) were the biggest percentage gainers among the Dow stocks. United Technologies, Boeing, Caterpillar (CAT) 3M (MMM) and Chevron (CVX) contributed about 57 points to the Dow's gain.

Computer Sciences (CSC) was the top S&P 500 performer, up $5.34 to $36.80. The company has cut jobs and worked to better manage its contracts, helping boost cash flow. Computer Sciences said today it continues to reshuffle operations.

Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) added $14.49 to $279.69. The burrito chain criticized by hedge fund manager David Einhorn was raised to "buy" from "neutral" at Bank of America.

Lam Research (LRCX) gained 85 cents to $37.69. The chip-equipment company was raised to "positive" from "neutral" by Susquehanna Financial analyst Mehdi Hosseini. The 12-month share-price estimate is $48.

Express Scripts (ESRX) plunged $7.73 to $55.15 and was the worst S&P 500 performer. A "weak business climate and the unemployment outlook" may lead to a loss of members, depressed drug utilization and “increased client demands and expectations,” Express Scripts said in a statement. Profits for pharmacy benefits managers are tied to clients' drug costs as they act as middlemen among employers, health plans and the drug industry.

DirecTV (DTV) declined 15 cents to $50.51. The largest U.S. satellite-television provider reported third-quarter profit that trailed estimates after Latin American subscriber additions failed to meet analyst projections.

Fossil
(FOSL) tumbled $9.86 to $84.24. The maker of the namesake watch brand reported sales that trailed analysts’ estimates.

Zillow (Z) tumbled $6.22 to $28.15 after the real-estate website forecast fourth-quarter revenue below analysts' estimates. The company lost one of its larger advertisers, Foreclosure.com.

Shares of Emerson Electric (EMR) rose 96 cents to $51.46 after the industrial conglomerate posted adjusted earnings that topped Wall Street expectations. The company also said it wants to sell its $1.4 billion embedded computing and power business.

Short hits from the markets -- New York close



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13-week Treasury bill

0.0900%

0.090%

-18.18%

800.00%
5-year Treasury note 

0.744%

0.699%

4.06%

-10.36%
10-year Treasury note

1.742%

1.684%

3.32%

-6.89%
30-year Treasury bond

2.916%

2.871%

2.28%

0.93%
Currencies











U.S. Dollar Index

80.715

80.843

0.91%

0.24%
British pound

1.6005

1.5985

-0.82%

3.01%
(in U.S. $)

 








U.S. $ in pounds

£0.625

£0.626

0.82%

-2.92%
Euro in dollars

$1.28

$1.28

-1.10%

-1.06%
(in U.S. $)

 








U.S. $ in euros

€ 0.780

€ 0.781

1.11%

1.08%
U.S. $ in yen 

80.52

80.23

0.90%

4.43%
U.S. $ in Chinese

6.25

6.24

0.25%

-1.22%
yuan











Canada dollar

$1.008

$1.004

0.81%

2.79%
(in U.S. $)

 








U.S. dollar 

$0.992

$0.996

-0.73%

-2.72%
(in Canadian $)

 








Commodities

 

 

 

 
Gold (-GC)

$1,714.40

$1,683.200

-0.27%

9.42%
(per troy ounce)

 








Copper (-HG)

$3.506

$3.470

-0.33%

2.04%
(per pound)

 








Silver (-SI)

$32.0340

$31.128

-0.87%

14.76%
(per troy ounce)

 








Wheat (-ZW)

$8.77

$8.660

1.45%

34.35%
(per bushel)

 








Corn (-ZC)

$7.4100

$7.355

-1.95%

14.62%
(per bushel)

 








Cotton 

$0.7010

$0.704

0.04%

-23.54%
(per pound)

 








Coffee

$1.5060

$1.509

-2.62%

-34.42%
(per pound)

 








Crude oil (-CL)

$88.71

$85.650

2.86%

-10.24%
(per barrel)










 

701Comments
Nov 6, 2012 4:45PM
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It was probably funny JEFF, but it was just too long to read...

 

You had probably better hurry up and go out to vote......If you are old enough.??

Nov 6, 2012 4:41PM
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It would be a total waste of my time to Challenge you on anything ABS....I don't want to have to Factchek everything and I don't really care...

 

I know what I'm seeing with my own eyes and when I was out and about today....

I don't need no stinkin' rants and raves, or even past History lessons....

The idiots are going down big time.....And it is all because of their own doing...

EVEN YOU CAN SEE THAT.....If you really want to...??

Nov 6, 2012 4:41PM
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TRUTH IN ADVERTISING:

1. STOCK MARKET UP HUGE

2. GOP TRIED TO IMPORT 30 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS TO GET THEIR VOTES. HISPANICS ARE NOW FLOCKING TO DEMOCRATS.

3. GREEN ENERGY REVOLUTION IS HERE NOW. GOOGLE PARIS AUTO SHOW AND LOOK AT ALL THE HYBRID PLUG-INS AND ALL-ELECTRICS READY FOR U.S. MARKET BUT BLOCKED BY GOP-CONTROLLED CONGRESS AND THEIR BIG OIL BUDDIES. BIG OIL IS DEAD.

4. ILLEGAL ALIENS GET SOCIALIZED MEDICINE FOR FREE THANKS TO GOP. WHY CAN'T HARD-WORKING AMERICAN CITIZENS BE COVERED TOO?

5. IF SOCIALISM IS SO BAD WHY IS GERMANY THE WORLD'S #1 MANUFACTURER AND EXPORTER, NOT THE U.S.???? WHY DO THEIR PEOPLE LIVE LONGER??

6. WHY CAN'T WOMEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE? WHY IS GOP ILLEGALLY VIOLATING SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE AND USING YOUR TAX DOLLARS TO PUSH THEIR BELIEFS ON US?

7. WHY HAS THE STOCK MARKET GONE UP OVER 120 PERCENT SINCE OBAMA TOOK OVER? WHY HAS GEORGE BUSH, JR. NOT SAID A WORD ON BEHALF OF MITT ROMNEY?

8. WHY DOES MITT ROMNEY LIE REPEATEDLY AND FLIP FLOP? WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIS CHARACTER?

TOO MANY MAJOR ISSUES WITH GOP FOR ME. I AM VOTING OBAMA. VOTE OBAMA!!!!

 

Nov 6, 2012 4:39PM
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twit        just a little  REVENGE
Nov 6, 2012 4:38PM
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A perfect NIGHT:  

Myth Robme, Paul Ryan, Paul Ryan,  Brown, Bachman, Walsh, King, West, Akin, Murdoch, Berg,  

G  O  N  E   !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Nov 6, 2012 4:36PM
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Montana Cowboy

A Montana cowboy was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture
when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.
 
The driver, a young man in a Bryony suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban
sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, "If I
tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will
you give me a calf?"

The cowboy looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his
peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, Why not?"

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects
it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the
Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an
exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite
that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and
exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany.
Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image
has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses a MS-SQL
database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with e-mail on his
Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech,
miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and
Says,
"You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."

"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says the
cowboy.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused
as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then the cowboy says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly
what your business is, will you give me back my calf?"

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why
not?"

You're a liberal Congressman for the U.S. Government," says the cowboy.

"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"

"No guessing required," answered the cowboy. "You showed up here even
though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already
knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter
than me you are; and you don't know a thing about cows, this is a herd
of sheep.

"Now give me back my dog."

Nov 6, 2012 4:30PM
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Cornball ABS said:  You mean you're looking in the mirror TWAT ?

==================================

 

Are you going  to Explode or just disappear?   Either is acceptable......
Nov 6, 2012 4:27PM
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Well, I just changed my affiliation to Republican so I can go back and vote twice more.  Maybe you guys are right- the Right wing does have all the perks. 
Nov 6, 2012 4:25PM
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Believe we are going to see a lot of changes in Washington the next couple years...And our Country is going to finally move Forward as a Nation....

When the losing side finally realizes how they have wronged the Nation for a couple of years...

And it has come back to bite them on the AZZ..

Nov 6, 2012 4:23PM
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THE MOST STUPID STATEMENT EVER BY A PRESIDENT-Unbelievable


THIS MOST UNBELIEVABLE PRESIDENT? HERE IS HIS RESPONSE WHEN HE BACKED OFF FROM HIS DECISION TO REQUIRE THE MILITARY PAY FOR THEIR WAR INJURIES. Bad press, including major mockery of the play by comedian Jon Stewart, led to President Obama abandoning his proposal to require veterans carry private health insurance to cover the estimated $540 billion annual cost to the federal government of treatment for injuries to military personnel received during their tours on active duty. The President admitted that he was puzzled by the magnitude of theopposition to his proposal.
"Look, it's an all-volunteer force," Obama complained. "Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn't compute..." "I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country, "Obama continued "I wasn't asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation's deficit..I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans.." Please pass this on to every one including every vet and their families whom you know. How in the world did a person with this Mindset become our leader?REMEMBER THIS STATEMENT: "Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice?" If he thinks he will ever get another vote from an Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard service member or veteran of a military service he ought to think it over.. If you or a family member is or has served their country please pass this to them. Please pass this to everyone. I'm guessing that other than the 20-25 percent hardcore liberals in the US will agree that this is just another example why 
This is the worst president in American history.Remind everyone over and 
Over how this man
Nov 6, 2012 4:19PM
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From what I can see, the Equities that are being "punished", are favorable to Robme..

 

The Stocks/equities being rewarded are ones favorable to Obama....

Many of you would probably not know about that...? Because of spewing garbage about everything else...

And they are indicators of turn out and the Elections...Someones keeping track and Wall St. isn't as ****ome might think...Wonder what kind of dribble CGT1 is seeing..??

I believe we can take it to the Bank....ON WHAT I'M SEEING IN THE MARKETS..

Many of you can just cry in your Beer or Lattes later.....whooooohoooooo.

 

 

Nov 6, 2012 4:16PM
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I see desperation in the Wing Nuts.......

I'm curious,  on the announcement you DREAD, will your heads just explode?  
Nov 6, 2012 4:13PM
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Early polls released by party affiliation has Obammy winning big time. How can we stop this travesty in time!

Nov 6, 2012 4:10PM
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The give and take here is amusing at best....Seems mostly just taking...

And the losers seem to have the most radical statements....

 

Or just bullshidt that makes little sense...

Clinton, really Clinton; Thought none of the Far Rightieswanted to talk about the Past.....

They all kind of jumped over their past hero....

So did Willard.....Ring any bells,fools..????

 

Nov 6, 2012 4:06PM
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This market could not care less how this election turns out. It moves to its own pulse and is driven by investor profit/loss expectations (reality based or not).
Nov 6, 2012 4:05PM
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If I had a court order telling me to cover a sign at a polling station, I would.  Appears to me that certain people are just dumb or think they don't have to obey the law?  
================================================== 
It's always been against the law to have signs or wear political affiliations at the polls...

I sooooo wanted to wear an Obama shirt today when I voted in OKLAHOMA....but I was good...
Nov 6, 2012 4:05PM
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I wish you all much luck. But I won't say what kind.
Nov 6, 2012 4:00PM
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Crude oil and gold is not how we want this market to improve...

 

When these two factors rise, it's because of a weaker dollar.

 

Silly democrats...

 

 

Nov 6, 2012 3:58PM
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OBAMA LOVERS+ MONEY GRUBBERS!   Obama gives  our money to the poor while the poor sits on there ****'s!
Nov 6, 2012 3:57PM
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If I had a court order telling me to cover a sign at a polling station, I would.  Appears to me that certain people are just dumb or think they don't have to obey the law?  Typical profile of the left!
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