The stock market hasn't gotten its legs back yet.
Early gains from softer-than-expected core
figures (see below) evaporated late in the session, and stocks closed mixed to lower in fairly even breadth.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
added 1.59 to 10,789.39; the
Nasdaq Composite Index
shed 15.45 to 2549.53; the
fell 3.77 to 1298.16; the small-cap
added 0.63 to 428.82; and
TheStreet.com Internet Sector
picked up 4.16 to 506.52.
The 30-year Treasury bond lost 15/32 to 86 16/32, its yield rising to 6.26%
A Chicago power outage caused the
Chicago Board of Trade
to shut down early, at 2 p.m. EDT. The CBOT said it will resume futures trading tomorrow morning. Trading on the
Chicago Board Options Exchange
was halted for 35 minutes this afternoon, while the
Chicago Mercantile Exchange
was unaffected by the blackout.
The big European indices finished solidly higher, with France's
all gaining more than 2%.
Asian markets surged overnight, as Hong Kong's
picked up 341.95, or 2.8%, to 12,799.75, while Tokyo's
advanced 211.81, or 1.2%, to 17,422.97
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Several companies have posted earnings reports today:
- Clorox (CLX) posted fourth-quarter earnings of 96 cents a share, before charges, in line with the 12-analyst
First Call estimate and up from the year-ago 91 cents. But the company warned that it would have to take another $23 million in restructuring charges in the current fiscal year, on top of the $79 million fourth-quarter charge it has already taken.
Gap (GPS) reported second-quarter earnings of 22 cents a share, a penny ahead of the 18-analyst estimate and up from the year-ago 15 cents a share.
TheStreet.com wrote about Gap in
a story yesterday.
Healtheon (HLTH) posted a second-quarter loss of 25 cents a share, wider than the three-analyst estimate of a loss of 22 cents a share. In the year-ago period, the company reported a loss of 47 cents.
Keebler Foodsundefined reported second-quarter earnings before a charge of 27 cents a share, ahead of the 10-analyst estimate of 24 cents a share and up from the year-ago 22 cents a share.
Kmartundefined reported second-quarter income from continuing operations of 26 cents a share, a penny ahead of the 16-analyst estimate.
ShopKoundefined posted second-quarter operating earnings of 32 cents a share, a penny ahead of the three-analyst estimate and up from the year-ago 27 cents a share, which excludes a charge.
yesterday said it has defaulted on more than $1.5 billion in loans, bringing the company one step closer to bankruptcy and posing potential problems for financial backer
, which owns 70% of
, set plans to cut 1,500 jobs, or 4% of its total staff, and to recognize more than $150 million in expenses in response to falling prices in the commercial property and casualty insurance industry.
TV and Web retailer
Shop At Home
said that it has hired an investment bank to help it review its strategic alternatives, including a possible sale of some of its TV stations.
Mutual fund firm
said that it won't alter a company policy mandating that board members retire in December of the year they turn 70. That means sayonara to founder
John C. Bogle
, who turned 70 in May.
wrote about the departure
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said it is now offering free Internet access through an advertising-supported
service that can be downloaded over the Web.
Merrill Lynch's new PC industry analyst,
, is causing quite a stir today, starting coverage of
with neutral ratings, citing unfavorable industry conditions. Fortuna also maintained Merrill's neutral rating on
is developing the first plastic disks for computer hard drives, the
Nihon Keizai Shimbun
reported. The paper writes that the cost of making the disks may be 30% to 40% lower than for conventional aluminum disks.
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released figures showing
increasing at a 0.7% clip in July, much higher than the expected 0.3% and up from the revised 0.2% pace in June. But excluding auto sales, sales increased only 0.3% in July, less than the 0.4% predicted by the
released figures showing
initial jobless claims
at 284,000 for the week ended Aug. 7, marginally above expectations and up a tad from the previous week's revised 280,000.
Dutch insurance giant
set plans to buy the
Sun Life & Provincial Holdings'
U.K. life insurance business for about $1.2 billion. Sun Life is 46% owned by French insurer
said that it may raise as much as $730 million from the sale of its
brokerage. Daewoo is selling the brokerage at the demand of domestic creditors seeking to recover about $57 billion of debt.
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In what the German press is billing as the nation's first case of "mobile-phone rage," a businessman was beaten to death over the weekend with a beer bottle after he refused to turn off his cell phone in a Hamburg
. "It was really loud and was one of those terrible melodies, too," a witness told police of the phone.