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January 11, 2010 -- 16:30 ET
Moving the Market:
Dollar drops against competing currencies. Oil prices surrender early gains. Alcoa brings unofficial beginning of earnings season with its latest quarterly report after the closing bell.
construction and farming machinery; industrial machinery; trucking; automakers; office electronics; specialty chemicals; industrial REITs
coal and consumable fuel; fertilizer and agricultural chemicals; oil and gas drillers; metals and glass; home improvement retailers; internet retailers; health care facilities
01/11/2010 16:30 ET Dow +45.80 at 10663.99, Nasdaq -4.76 at 2312.41, S&P +2.00 at 1146.98:
[BRIEFING.COM] Despite lackluster and listless action, stocks were able to advance modestly so that the S&P 500 extended its streak of gains to six straight sessions.
Stocks spent the majority of the session in a sideways drift. Buyers seemed absent, while downside moves were short and shallow due to technical support.
Action throughout the afternoon contrasted with the early going in that stocks had looked like they would make their way broadly higher during the opening minutes. The early move was led by natural resource plays like materials stocks and energy stocks. Both groups were up nearly 1% early on.
Strength among natural resource stocks stemmed from higher commodity prices, which were spurred by a weaker dollar after global participants learned that during December China saw its first increase in exports in more than one year. Though the buck spent the session mired in weakness and logged a 0.6% loss against competing currencies, commodity prices pulled back and left the CRB Commodity Index to lose 0.5%. Materials stocks closed with a 0.2% loss, while energy stocks eked out a 0.1% gain.
Metal mining giant and Dow component Alcoa (AA 17.45, +0.43) showed strength throughout the session, however. Its gains came ahead of its latest quarterly report and teamed up with other blue chips to help the Dow Jones Industrial Average outperform the other headline indices.
The Nasdaq Composite was the only headline index that failed to muster a gain this session. It lagged its counterparts for virtually the entire session, largely as a result of renewed weakness among large-cap tech.
News flow was slow and participants were without many trading cues this session, but the number of headlines aren't expected to pick up for another few days. Alcoa's report this evening marks the unofficial start to earnings season, but announcements don't begin in earnest until next week. Economic data will also remain sparse for a few more days, but Thursday's retail sales report and weekly jobless claims figures will be met with increased interest.
Nasdaq -4.76 at 2312.41... S&P Midcap 400 -0.1... NYSE Adv/Dec 1808/1220... Nasdaq Adv/Dec 1307/1367.
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Weekly & Daily Stock Earnings Calendar:
Company Stock, Earnings Date/Time, Expected EPS
Apollo Group APOL, 1/7, 4pm, 1.47EPS
KB Home KBH, 1/8, 8am, -.46EPS
Alcoa AA, 1/11, 4pm, .08EPS
Goldman Sachs GS, 1/12, 8am, 5.78EPS
Infosys INFY, 1/12, 8am, .52EPS
KB Home KBH, 1/12, 8am, -.47EPS
Sealy ZZ, 1/12, 4pm, .02EPS
Intel INTC, 1/14, 4pm, .31EPS
JP Morgan JPM, 1/15, 8am, .65EPS
Citigroup C, 1/19, 8am, -.34EPS
UAL UAUA, 1/19, 8am, -1.42EPS
Cree CREE, 1/19, 4pm, .77EPS
IBM IBM, 1/19, 4pm, 3.52EPS
Bank of America BAC, 1/20, 8am, -.50EPS
Wells Fargo WFC, 1/20, 8am, -.01EPS
Apple Inc AAPL, 1/20, 4pm, 2.10EPS
eBay EBAY, 1/20, 4pm, .42EPS
F5 Networks FFIV, 1/20, 4pm, .50EPS
Starbucks SBUX, 1/20, 4pm, .28EPS
Fifth Third Bancorp FITB, 1/21, 8am, -.32EPS
Goldman Sachs GS, 1/21, 8am, 5.34EPS
Huntington Bancshares HBAN, 1/21, 8am, -.28EPS