Publish date:

Market Update: Oracle Beats the Street; Dow Sags, Nasdaq Ends Up

<LI>Euro weakness hits corporate earnings.</LI> <LI>McDonald's, Procter & Gamble end lower.</LI>

(Updated from 4:10 p.m. EDT)

Oracle

(ORCL) - Get Report

announced it had beat the Street's earnings estimate by four cents by reporting 17 cents a share for its fiscal first-quarter results versus the 13-cent estimate of 28 analysts, according to

First Call/Thomson Financial

.

The company also announced a 2-for-1 split.

Tech stocks captured buyer's attention today, giving blue-chip industrials the short end of the stick.

The Nasdaq came off of its highs to end the day up 20 to 3913.

Conexant

(CNXT) - Get Report

, a modem chip maker, bounced 42%, after it set a spinoff its Internet infrastructure unit. The company will have an IPO in January for the business.

The

Philadelphia Stock Exchange Semiconductor Index

was down fractionally.

Meanwhile, the

Dow Jones Industrial Average skidded 95 to 11,087.

Currency issues are plagued multinational companies since the effects of the dollar's strength against the weak euro is beginning to show up in third-quarter profits.

McDonald's

(MCD) - Get Report

was off 1.4%, after hitting a new intra-day trading low of $26.75. It said yesterday that the euro will hurt upcoming earnings. This morning,

Banc of America

cut its rating on the hamburger giant to market perform from a buy.

Colgate was sinking more than 14.7% on a downgrade from

Deutsche Banc Alex Brown

. Analyst Andrew Shore sliced his rating after management said that the weaker euro and higher petroleum cost would dent the third-quarter by 5 cents a share.

TheStreet.com

recently wrote about the euro's impact on

corporate profits .

Proctor & Gamble

(PG) - Get Report

and

TheStreet Recommends

Coca-Cola

(KO) - Get Report

were shaved 14 points off of the Dow.

Sector Watch

Elsewhere in tech,

TheStreet.com Internet Index

added on 2.5%, with

Yahoo

(YHOO)

and

Amazon.com

(AMZN) - Get Report

participating in the rally.

The American Stock Exchange Oil Service Index slid 1.1%, with losses from

ExxonMobil

(XOM) - Get Report

and

Chevron

(CHV)

. The group fell back slightly after the higher price of crude oil sent the index soaring this month.

The

Philadelphia Stock Exchange Oil Services Index

was also off fractionally, with

Haliburton

(HAL) - Get Report

heading 0.8% lower.

Back to top

Bonds/Economy

Bonds initially rallied on today's benign economic reports, but the benchmark issue has since given back the gains, as closer examination of the reports revealed them to be less than completely favorable.

The 0.2% drop in the August

Producer Price Index, its largest drop in a year and a half, was largely attributable to a 0.2% drop in energy prices and an extraordinary 0.7% drop in food prices. With the more recent rise in oil prices, the drop in energy prices almost certainly won't be repeated in the next PPI report.

Retail sales rose just 0.2% (0.3% excluding autos) in August, but the July results were revised up, making August appear weaker than it otherwise would have.

The benchmark 10-year Treasury note, up as much as 10/32 earlier, was lately down 17/32 to 99 17/32, yielding 5.812%.

Meanwhile the 30-year Treasury bond is rather sharply lower, as traders pile onto a development that emerged yesterday -- the 30-year bond once again yielding more than the 10-year note. By pairing short positions in 30-year bonds with long positions in 10-year notes, traders will be able to profit from additional so-called steepening in that portion of the Treasury yield curve.

Back to top