Dow jumps 124 as crude oil eases

Banks, led by Bank of America, and airlines help the market end a 2-day slide. A big fall in oil is trimmed after analysts boost price estimates. Gasoline hits $3.52 a gallon. McDonald's February sales disappoint. Will Sprint buy T-Mobile?

By Charley Blaine Mar 8, 2011 1:25PM
Charley BlaineUpdated: 10 p.m. ET

Stocks rallied strongly today after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries was said to be considering boosting production to replace Libyan oil.

Light sweet crude in New York settled down 68 cents to $105.02 a barrel. Crude had been down as low as $103.33  but started to move higher after OPEC said it wouldn't hold an emergency meeting on the issue. Gold and silver were lower as well.

The Dow Jones industrials ($INDU), meanwhile, closed up 124 points, or 1%, to 12,214, led by Bank of America's (BAC) 4.7% gain to $14.69. The blue chips had been up as many as 160 points at noon ET. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) added 12 points, or 0.9%, to 1,322. The Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) added 20 points, or 0.7%, to 2,766.
Shares of Sprint Nextel (S) were up 4.7% to $4.69 on reports that the telecommunications company had held talks with Deutsche Telekom (DT) about buying the latter's T-Mobile USA mobile phone business.

Bank of America was the top performer among the 30 Dow stocks after CEO Brian Moynihan said the bank hopes to raise its dividend in the second half of the year and go substantially higher in 2012 or 2013 as it gets its mortgage business under control.

Moynihan's comments set off a surge in financial stocks, which were the market's strongest sector. Airlines and and industrial stocks also were higher. Energy shares were the laggards.

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Wednesday's market will be affected by a government report on oil inventories and a report mortgage applications. Earnings are due from Jo-Ann Stores (JAS) and Molycorp (MCP).

Oil, however, is running the stock market for now. If oil goes up, stocks will fall. Late Tuesday, crude oil was down slightly at at $104.52 a barrel. Futures trading suggests a flat open for stocks.

Gold slips, but silver and cotton are higher
While crude in the United States was lower today, Brent crude oil, the North Sea benchmark, was lower. It was quoted down $2.53 at $113.05 this afternoon.

Retail gasoline prices moved higher. AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report said gasoline nationally was averaging $3.517 a gallon today, up from Monday's $3.509.

Gold settled down $7.30 to $1,427.20 an ounce, as commodities mostly pulled back after a big rally on Monday. Silver settled down 20.7 cents to $35.658 an an ounce. Copper was up slightly at $4.339 a pound. Grains and cotton were lower. Interest rates were up slightly, with the 10-year Treasury yield hitting 3.544%, up from Monday's 3.497%.

The dollar was higher against major currencies.

Oil declined after Kuwait's oil minister said OPEC members were considering whether to convene an "urgent meeting." The losses were trimmed as fighting continued in Libya. Opponents of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were trying to to recapture Bin Jawad, an important oil port.

Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch raised their oil-price forecasts. On Monday, Goldman raised its second-quarter outlook for Brent crude by $4.50 to $105 a barrel.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch increased its Brent crude price forecast for this year to $108 a barrel from $88 and for next year to $95 a barrel from $85.

The Energy Information Agency boosted its 2011 forecast for crude oil, saying it would average $105 a barrel this year. That's up $14 from the agency's forecast in early February.

Energy prices -- New York close
Crude oil 

$105.02  $105.44  8.30%  14.93%
(per barrel)




Heating oil

$3.0111  $3.0657  2.27%  18.37%
(per gallon)




Natural gas 

$3.8640  $3.9270  -4.55%  -12.28%
(per mil. BTU)




Unleaded gasoline




(per gallon)




Brent crude

$113.06  $115.04  1.13%  19.32%
(per barrel)

Retail gasoline




(per gallon; AAA)

Will Sprint and T-Mobile become one?
Sprint Nextel shares rose after sources said Deutsche Telekom was willing to sell its T-Mobile USA unit to the company in exchange for a major stake in the combined entity.

Meanwhile, McDonald's (MCD) fell 1% to $75.54 and was the laggard among the Dow stocks. Analysts had expected a 3.6% increase in U.S. same-store sales; the company reported a 2.7% gain.  

Urban Outfitters (URBN) plunged 16.7% $31.66, the most in the S&P 500, after the clothing-chain operator reported earnings that fell short of projections.

Homebuilders were up sharply after Pultegroup (PHM), the largest homebuilder, said orders for the first two months of 2011 were up 11% from a year ago. Pultegroup was up 8.4% to $7.09. D.R. Horton (DHI) added 4.9% to $11.89.

Thanks to lower oil prices, Delta Air Lines (DAL), up 9.7% to $11.07, was the top performer of stocks in the Dow Jones Transportation Average ($DJT). The index was up 129 points, or 2.6%, to 5,147.

American Airlines parent AMR (AMR) was up 7.1% to $6.65. Southwest Airlines (LUV) added 7.6% to $12.66 after reporting a 13% increase in February traffic.

Of the 30 Dow stocks, 28 were higher. American Express (AXP), up 3.5% to $45.24, and JPMorgan Chase (JPM), up 2.7% to $46.40, were the best performers after Bank of America. The losers were Intel (INTC) , down 0.4% to $21.13, and McDonald's.

Eighty-five Nasdaq-100 ($NDX.X) stocks were higher, led by Cephalon (CEPH), up 3.4% to $57.19. Apple (AAPL), up 0.1% to $355.76, contributed 1 point to the Nasdaq-100's gain today. The index, which tracks the largest Nasdaq stocks, was up 9 points, or 0.4%,  to 2,338.

Stocks making waves

Brown-Forman (BF.B), up 4.8% to $70.67. The maker of Jack Daniel’s whiskey and Finlandia vodka increased its full-year forecast, saying it expects earnings, excluding some items, of at least $3.35 a share. That topped the consensus estimate of $3.31.

Broadsoft (BSFT), up 36.1% to $47.50, the biggest gainer among Russell 2000 ($RUT.X) stocks. The maker of telecommunications software said first-quarter earnings may be as much as 11 cents a share; analysts have been looking for 9 cents. Revenue will be at least $27 million, also exceeding the projections.

Casey’s General Stores (CASY), down 7% to $37.71. The Midwestern convenience-store operator posted third-quarter earnings that missed the Street estimate.

Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS), up 6% to $39.94. The nation's largest sporting-goods retailer forecast earnings of as much as $1.91 a share in 2011, more than the average analyst estimate of $1.86.

TiVo (TIVO), down 3.4% to $8.75. The digital-video recording pioneer said it will offer $120 million of convertible senior notes due 2016 in a private offering.

Short hits from the markets -- New York close
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€ 0.720

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$2.0714  $1.9123  0.97%  43.04%
(per pound)

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(per barrel)

Mar 8, 2011 4:18PM

Why don't they just say STOCKS SOAR ON STIMULUS FROM FEDREAL RESERVE POMO and QE2.  Benanke and company dumped another $9 billion into the market at 10AM CST through treasury purchases, that's the only reason this market is up.





Mar 8, 2011 1:44PM
"Headline for Weds" Stocks drop like a rock due to________(fill in the blank).
Mar 8, 2011 2:29PM
Tomorrow, the market will be un-soared.
Mar 8, 2011 1:59PM

This is great news. I am going to run  right  out  and let all the newly homeless everything is great. I bet they sleep much better tonight knowing they will not need to share their space with the Wall Street bankers.  Thanks propaganda machine, for that great news!


Mar 8, 2011 2:26PM
Oil prices may be down a little today but the big IF out there right now is Saudi Arabia....if they hold past 3/11 without demonstrations I think oil prices may continue to recede. If SA goes into revolution mode look out below.
Mar 8, 2011 3:52PM
Stop buying gasoline now.  It's the only way to keep this disaster in check.  What will they do with it when nobody wants it.  It's time to band together as a nation and say "we're not going to take this crap anymore".
Then as a nation, start using and demanding the use of alternatives.  You can't have it both ways; you can't say "Stop using oil", then say "Don't use alternatives".
Mar 8, 2011 3:50PM

Both expected and predicted.


And lately, I've noticed a trend of the US market following the overseas markets, rather then the other way around.  Just subjective, but its something everyone with skin in the markets should start looking at...

Mar 8, 2011 3:23PM

Obviously another one of those well thought out strategic plans for a shortage that doesn't even exist........

Mar 8, 2011 8:24PM
Mar 8, 2011 6:19PM
How often is the fed purhasing treasuries? Once a week? Is it the same day every week? Just curious.

As often as daily, usually at 11 a.m. EST but sometimes in the afternoon as well. It's been 3 or 4 times each week on average - sometimes twice in the same day. They publish a schedule that can be found on the Fed's website. 
Mar 8, 2011 5:55PM

Hey Jones


  How often is the fed purhasing treasuries? Once a week? Is it the same day every week? Just curious.

Mar 8, 2011 1:49PM
Stop buying gasoline now.  It's the only way to keep this disaster in check.  What will they do with it when nobody wants it.  It's time to band together as a nation and say "we're not going to take this crap anymore".
Mar 8, 2011 2:25PM
nothing has changed regarding oil issues. So know why are prices going down? There was no reason for them to have gone up except that Gadafhi may has passed gas a few times. The world will come to end someday so shouldn't this cause the price of oil to continue to rise?
Mar 9, 2011 9:43AM

Do you see the comment, right in the headline? "A big fall in oil is trimmed after analysts boost price estimates." Oil prices were dropping and the ANALysts said whoa, whoa, whoa, we dont want it to drop that much ....what a bunch of money hungry pigs! They need to STFU and find a better hobby.

We could be way better off if we just use the oil we have here in the USA. We have more oil here than almost anywhere on the planet.

By the way did anybody notice that the price went down slightly only after somebody suggested that we tap into our own reserves.



Mar 8, 2011 8:01PM
I guess it was a bad day to try and short the market? Oh well,... it's only play money anyway!
Mar 8, 2011 3:51PM

Hot  The US uses 362 million gallons of gasoline a day, it's up $1 gallon.  The US is spending $10.6 billon more a month, or $130 billon more a year on gasoline. On July 1st, 2011 the Fed announces that QE 3 will begin tomorrow and  they'll be buying $10 billion a month in US Treasury bills until the price if gasoline goes under $2.50 / gal.  DJIA shoots to 13,000.

Happy days are here again. 


Mar 8, 2011 10:17PM
Thank the tree huggers!!!

LOL!  anything they come up with to replace all that is harming us and the earth does triple the harm to us and the earth.....paper to plastic.......corn/sugar to ethanol(empty tummies and wallets still being robbed)! oh and don't forget that holier than thou cynthia mckinney!


Confucius say's......shut the 'F' up as your using oxygen!Nerd

Mar 8, 2011 2:38PM

libya's oil ports/reserves should be bombed out by weeks end so this won't last long......obooma will use up strategic oil reserves and pay double if not triple the cost to replenish!!

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