NEW YORK (
) -- The markets ended mixed Wednesday after the
left interest rates unchanged.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
was up 30.23, or 0.31%, to 9,802.14, while the
added 1.09, or 0.10%, to 1,046.50. The
fell 1.80, or 0.09%, to 2,055.52.
The Fed decided to leave its record-low benchmark interest rate alone. The Institute for Supply Management reported continuing improvement in the service sector, while the ADP National Employment Report said that job losses in the private sector declined for the seventh consecutive month.
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Melissa Lee, the moderator of
's "Fast Money" TV show, said
shares were surging in after-hours after its earnings beat expectations.
Guy Adami said he believes there is more upside for Cisco since it's cheap at 15 times forward earnings. Tim Seymour said the company beat on the top line and has done a good job of cutting costs and staff.
Pete Najarian was impressed with Cisco's expenditure of $7 billion in acquisitions this year. "And they're still sitting on $30 billion in cash," he said."The growth engine is back, and they're going into mobile in a big way."
Joe Terranova said Cisco's bullish report sets up well for the tech sector, which, he predicts, will see "pent-up demand" coming its way.
Jim Goldman, a
technology reporter, said Chambers was very optimistic in the conference call about the outlook for his company and the economy.
Goldman said the company reported a noted improvement in gross margins (the best in four years), called a bottom in the past quarter and sees solid economic improvement in the current qurter.
Goldman said Chambers cited an improvement in markets around the globe and even the U.S. Chambers also said the company was going to increase capital expenditures and begin hiring.
Lee said Chamber's message was quite a turnaround from the previous quarter when he said the economy was on the "tipping point" of a recovery.
Terranova said Cisco's bullish market should get the market off on the right foot Thursday.
Turning to today's trading session, Terranova said Friday's jobless report looms big for the market. Seymour said today's selloff had all the trappings of the moves by managed futures accounts. "The machines are in charge," he said.
Adami said the financials were "lousy," all day, with
Jim Iuorio, TJM Institutional Services director, said the dollar is due for a short squeeze because the trade has gotten too crowded. He also said the fundamentals for gold are such that it will continue to rise "no matter what scenario you paint."
Lee asked the panel whether the tech sector can rally behind Cisco's solid report. Terranova said the tech sector is different from other sectors because it is being driven by corporate global balance sheets that are driving demand and the PC upgrade cycle.
Adami told Lee that it's difficult to make a blanket statement about tech, and that it's better to analyze stocks individually as he said he has with
Lee moved on to the "Obama Trade" and today's rally in the health insurer stocks follow the Republican victories in the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey.
Terranova said he didn't know if the uncertainty has been lifted because of the election results. Adami said he would get out of
on the news.
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Gary Kaminsky, former managing director for Neuberger Berman, said the message he got from the merger of
Black and Decker
is that the two companies believe the worse is over and the recovery will take five to seven years. He said the merger will generate cost savings and give them pricing power and shelf space for consumer goods.
Kaminsky mentioned three companies that may get together or be acquired. They were
Church and Dwight
. He said all three benefit from the trends toward cleanliness and health care.
Seymour talked about a number of companies that are looking to ramp up growth in China.
announced plans to put a Disney theme park in Shanghai.
is projecting it will spend $1 billion on R&D projects in China. And Cisco has bought a cable box maker in China for $44 million.
Lee brought in Deborah Weinswig, a Citigroup retail analyst, to comment on the monthly retail sales report that comes out Thursday. She said she hopes to see a significant decrease in clearance inventory.
She said she expects to get an update on third-quarter earnings, which she hopes will show very strong gross margins as a result of a decrease in clearance inventory.
She expects Macys to beat earnings. She also told the panel that she likes
because it has done a good job of landing exclusive brands like
at its stores.
Lee brought in Charles Gasparino, a
editor, who talked about Thomas Maheras, who was ousted from
in 2007 and was the man behind the investments of tens of billions of dollars in toxic funds.
Gasparino said Maheras has found a job running a new hedge fund that is up 84% this year on primarily two investments:
Advanced Micro Devices
Gasparino said Maheras reportedly even has a prime brokerage account at Citigroup to process trades and lend him money.
There were no final trades.
-- Written by David Tong in San Francisco
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