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 $1,700. Intel rises despite a report Apple may stop using its chips. Chipotle jumps.
As Americans went to the polls today, Wall Street enjoyed a big rally, with the major averages finishing higher for the third time in four days.
The Dow Jones industrials ($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|
|Tues.||Mon.||Month chg.||YTD chg.|
|Crude oil (-CL)||$88.71||$85.65||2.86%||-10.24%|
|Heating oil (-HO)||$3.0529||$2.9829||-0.31%||4.76%|
|Natural gas (-NG)||$3.6170||$3.5540||-2.03%||21.01%|
|(per mil. BTU)|
|Unleaded gasoline (-RB)||$2.6989||$2.6202||2.61%||1.56%|
|(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|
|Tues.||Mon.||Month chg.||YTD chg.|
|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%|
|U.S. Dollar Index||80.715||80.843||0.91%||0.24%|
|(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%|
|(in U.S. $)|
|(in Canadian $)|
|(per troy ounce)|
|(per troy ounce)|
|Crude oil (-CL)||$88.71||$85.650||2.86%||-10.24%|
Time to rise up and vote out the radical right wing cracked teapots and their oil, insurance and defense contractor owners. At least the people saw the light and realized how idiotic "Juiced Up" Sharron Angle and The Flying Witch Christine O'Donnell, Joe Smith from Alaska and several others were and did not vote them in. Hopefully, people saw what the real helicopter gunship pilot Sarah Palin is and will never allow her to hold any public office. The idiots who voted for these nutcases did not learn from Bush Bin Lyin and his criminal gang what the republicans are really about. They outed two CIA agents, who wanted to tell the truth that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Bush Bin Lyin's bosses the oil companies and defense contractors got wealthy as our society was being brought down. These guys destroyed Iraq and then had to rebuild it using tax payer dollars. At least they got Delay. Scooter Libby was the fall guy for the CIA agents outing. Don't forget the criminal gang's trickle down economics where the money trickled down into their bosses pockets instead of creating jobs. That is why we were losing over 700,000 jobs a month before Obama took over.
How can any braindead, pathetic radical right wing cracked teanut dunce vote for this guy.
The repukes also want to ban invitro fertilization. Yet 3 of Willardo's children had this done to produce children. Now, he wants to outlaw it to get the votes of the evangelical crazies. He will lie and do anything to win. Then the evangelicals will probably get screwed if he is elected. His campaign manager called him an Etch a Sketch player. When he is elected you can't hold him to anything he promised.
His true allegiance is to the criminal corporate masters who are bankrolling his campaign so they get regulations eased to enable them to rob and steal from us once again as was done under Bush Bin Lyin and his criminal gang led by President Cheney.
Everything lyin Willardo feeds his braindead followers is a myth. I am sure he would be doing better if he told these repuke dopes that he would create 50 million jobs in the next 4 years. They don't need to be told how.
Clueless Lyin Willardo should not even be running for president. But for a lyin moron, talk is cheap. This clueless moron has no idea how to fix anything. This criminal repuke bankupts companies and loses jobs. What a joke. The nuts that follow him actually believe that he is going to create 12 million new jobs and these dopes believe him. He does not have to tell them how, that does not matter.
Clueless Lyin Willardo is known as the slapped axx Mexican Mormon Moron for good reason. This complete dunce made himself look even more ignorant than he already is by stating in a campaign clip that if he ever overpaid his taxes, he does not deserve to be your president. Well this repuke dunce overpaid his 2011 taxes by $3,000 to make it look like he was paying a higher tax rate-which he can recover after the election. He has up to 3 years to refile an amended return. Only a pathetic, psychotic, braindead radical right wing cracked teanut dope will vote for him.
Well, it won't be long now.
We will soon know whether we should have taken it or left it.
Does it really matter who the next President will be or who controls congress? The last 5 administrations and the congresses during th0se administrations have not been all that
impressive. If they had we wouldn't be 16 trillion dollars in debt, and no it hasn't made
a bit of difference whether the democrats or republicans were in control.
We had better find to different way to run this country besides politics as usual.
How can we let a group of people, congress, with an approval rating a single digits or
low double digits govern this country?
See you tommorrow. Hope we know something by then.
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.??
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...??
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!!!!
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
"You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."
"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says the
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
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
"Now give me back my dog."
Cornball ABS said: You mean you're looking in the mirror TWAT ?
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..
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.
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