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USRant for Wednesday, August 1st 2012

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The following economic data was released during the session:

  • Construction Spending m/m for June 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 0.4% dropping 1.2 compared to the last data point (1.6%) , in line with the market’s pre-release guess of 0.4%.
  • ISM Prices Paid for July 2012 was released in the US; the outcome was 39.5 an increase of 2.5 from the prior reading of 37.0 , which was lower than expectations of 40.0.
  • ADP Employment Change for July 2012 was released in the US; the result was 163K declining 9 compared to the last data point (172K) – above the market’s pre-release guess of 120K.
  • MBA Mortgage Applications for July 27 2012 was released in the US; the result was 0.2% a drop of 0.7 compared to the last data point (0.9%)
  • Markit US PMI Final for July 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 51.4 dropping 0.4 compared to the last data point ( 51.8) , which was lower than the market’s pre-release guess of 51.8.
  • DOE U.S. Crude Oil Inventories for July 27 2012 was released in the US; the result was -6522K declining 9239 compared to the last data point (2717K) , which was lower than the consensus estimate of -1000K.
  • DOE Cushing OK Crude Inventory for July 27 2012 was released in the US; the outcome was -1385K losing 1588 compared to the last data point (203K)
  • DOE U.S. Distillate Inventory for July 27 2012 was released in the US; the result was -974K falling 2682 compared to the last data point (1708K) , which was lower than the consensus estimate of 1100K.
  • DOE U.S. Gasoline Inventories for July 27 2012 was released in the US; the outcome was -2174K a decline of 6308 compared to the last data point (4134K) , which was lower than expectations of 800K.

Headline Indices

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 12,976.13 point s, a change of -32.55 points (-0.25%) for the session.

The session high was 13,074.83 points, while the low was down at 12,951.16 points.

Total volume traded in the 30 components of the index was 492.35m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 1.6 to one, with 18 decliners to 11 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 325.49m to 148.43m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -0.58 (3.2%) to $17.66 on volume of 26.06m shares;
  • Caterpillar (CAT) -1.56 (1.9%) to $82.65 on volume of 8.23m shares;
  • Bank Of America (BAC) -0.12 (1.6%) to $7.22 on volume of 84.19m shares;
  • American Express (AXP) -0.91 (1.6%) to $56.8 on volume of 3.8m shares; and
  • Boeing (BA) -1.14 (1.5%) to $72.77 on volume of 4.06m shares.

 

The S&P500 Index dropped 4 points (0.29%) to 1375.32 points..

Total volume traded in the 500 components of the index was 2.47bn shares. D ecliners outpaced gainers by 2.1 to one, with 298 decliners to 141 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 1.5bn to 924.38m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Genworth Financial Inc. (GNW) -0.56 (11.1%) to $4.48 on volume of 35.08m shares;
  • Office Depot (ODP) -0.12 (6.7%) to $1.66 on volume of 3.64m shares;
  • Penney (J.C.) (JCP) -1.49 (6.6%) to $21.02 on volume of 10.28m shares;
  • BMC Software (BMC) -2.09 (5.3%) to $37.51 on volume of 4.89m shares; and
  • Citrix Systems (CTXS) -3.35 (4.6%) to $69.33 on volume of 3.7m shares.

The Nasdaq Composite declined 19.31 points (0.66%) to 2920.21 points. while the Nasdaq100 lost 7.4 points (0.28%) to 2635.13 points..

Total volume traded in the 100 components of the index was 550.68m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 2.2 to one, with 61 decliners to 28 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 289.39m to 260.01m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Citrix Systems (CTXS) -3.35 (4.6%) to $69.33 on volume of 3.71m shares;
  • Focus Media Holding (FMCN) -0.87 (4.4%) to $18.91 on volume of 1.68m shares;
  • Starbucks (SBUX) -1.5 (3.3%) to $43.78 on volume of 16.68m shares;
  • Discovery Holding Co (DISCA) -1.33 (2.6%) to $49.3 on volume of 2.64m shares; and
  • Monster Worldwide (MNST) -1.555 (2.3%) to $64.865 on volume of 1.44m shares.

Volatility

The CBOE Volatility Index fell 0.02 points (0.11%) to 18.91 points. and the CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index declined 0.17 points (0.84%) to 20.13 points..

Breadth and Internals

A total of 3181 issues traded today on the NYSE; today’s total volume was 4.01bn shares. A total of 1166 stocks posted gains for the day, and volume in advancing issues totalled 1.33bn shares. Exerting downwards pressure on the index were 1897 losers, which accounted for a total declining volume of 2.6bn shares. 218 stocks made new 1-year highs on the NYSE, while 43 shares plumbed new 52-week depths.

On the Nasdaq 2557 tickers traded today; total Nasdaq volume was 1.69bn shares. A total of 649 stocks posted gains for the day, with aggregate volume of 0.57bn shares changing hands in the day’s winners. The red zone of the Nasdaq exchange comprised 1801 losers, and total declining volume was 1.1bn shares. 39 Nasdaq-listed stocks hit new 52-week highs, while 78 share s dipped to new 1-year lows.

Major Market Statistics
Index Close Gain(Loss) %
Dow Jones Industrial Average 0.00 N/A 0%
S&P500 Index 1375.32 -4.00 -0.29%
Nasdaq Composite 2920.21 -19.31 -0.66%
Nasdaq100 2635.13 -7.40 -0.28%
CBOE Volatility Index 18.91 -0.02 -0.11%
CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index 20.13 -0.17 -0.84%

Dow Darlings

  • Intel (INTC) +0.23 (0.9%) to $25.93 on volume of 27.9m units
  • Chevron (CVX) +0.9 (0.8%) to $110.48 on volume of 6.8m units
  • Pfizer (PFE) +0.12 (0.5%) to $23.94 on volume of 39.5m units
  • United Technologies (UTX) +0.35 (0.5%) to $74.79 on volume of 3.5m units
  • Du Pont (DD) +0.23 (0.5%) to $49.93 on volume of 10.9m units

Dow Duds:

  • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -0.58 (3.2%) to $17.66 on volume of 26.1m units
  • Caterpillar (CAT) -1.56 (1.9%) to $82.65 on volume of 8.2m units
  • Bank Of America (BAC) -0.12 (1.6%) to $7.22 on volume of 84.2m units
  • American Express (AXP) -0.91 (1.6%) to $56.8 on volume of 3.8m units
  • Boeing (BA) -1.14 (1.5%) to $72.77 on volume of 4.1m units

Most Traded Dow stocks:

  • Bank Of America (BAC)-0.12 (1.6%) to $7.22 on volume of 84.2m units
  • Pfizer (PFE) +0.12 (0.5%) to $23.94 on volume of 39.5m units
  • Microsoft (MSFT)-0.06 (0.2%) to $29.41 on volume of 31.6m units
  • Intel (INTC) +0.23 (0.9%) to $25.93 on volume of 27.9m units
  • General Electric (GE)-0.02 (0.1%) to $20.73 on volume of 27.4m units
Precious Metals< /h5>

Precious metals futures performed as follows –

Precious Metals Futures
Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
Gold 1607.3 -7.3 -0.45
Silver 27.535 -0.379 -1.36
Palladium 582.6 -7.95 -1.35
Platinum 1401.3 -15.6 -1.1

The Gold Bugs index (XAU) fell 1.79 points (1.19%) to 149.11 points. Total volume traded in the 16 components of the index was 93.71m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 7 to one, with 14 decliners to 2 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 90.44m to 3.27m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Silver Stand Resources (SSRI) -0.58 (4.5%) to $12.21 on volume of 0.71m shares;
  • Kinroos Gold (KGC) -0.37 (4.5%) to $7.94 on volume of 22.37m shares;
  • Coeur d’Alene (CDE) -0.47 (2.9%) to $15.84 on volume of 1.27m shares;
  • GoldCorp (GG) -0.51 (1.4%) to $35.53 on volume of 10.99m shares; and
  • Silver Wheaton (SLW) -0.37 (1.3%) to $27.17 on volume of 4.05m shares.
Energy Complex

Energy futures performed as follows –

Energy Futures
Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
Crude Oil 88.91 0.85 0.97
Heating Oil 2.8588 0.0108 0.38
Natural Gas 3.171 -0.038 -1.18
Gasoline RBOB 2.8342 0.0599 2.16

The Oil Services index (OSX) added 2.14 points (0.99%) to 218.79 points. Total volume traded in the 15 components of the index was 48.94m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 3 to one, with 9 advancers to 3 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 38.63m to 10.31m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

  • Oceaneering International (OII) +1.32 (2.6%) to $53.01 on volume of 1.94m shares;
  • Transocean Inc (RIG) +0.97 (2.1%) to $47.8 on volume of 2.74m shares;
  • National Oilwell Varco (NOV) +1.4 (1.9%) to $73.7 on volume of 3.12m shares;
  • Rowan Co (RDC) +0.57 (1.6%) to $35.7 on volume of 1.95m shares; and
  • Baker Hughes (BHI) +0.67 (1.4%) to $46.99 on volume of 3.03m shares.
Currency Futures

Currency futures performed as follows –

Currency Futures
Index Close Gain(Loss) %
U.S. Dollar Index 83.22 0.51 0.62
Euro FX 1.2243 -0.007 -0.57

Bellwethers

The nine-stock group that makes up the Rant bellwethers declined on average by 0.2%. The fallout occurred as follows:

  • General Electric (GE) -0.02 (0.1%) to $20.73 on volume of 27.37m units.
  • Citigroup (C) -0.35 (1.29%) to $26.78 on volume of 35.65m units.
  • Wal-Mart (WMT) -0.81 (1.09%) to $73.62 on volume of 8.45m units.
  • IBM (IBM) -0.8 (0.41%) to $195.18 on volume of 2.2m units.
  • Intel (INTC) +0.23 (0.89%) to $25.93 on volume of 27.9m units.
  • Cisco Systems (CSCO) +0.03 (0.19%) to $15.98 on volume of 47.27m units.
  • Google (GOOG) -0.29 (0.05%) to $632.68 on volume of 1.83m units.
  • Fannie Mae (FNM) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
  • Freddie Mac (FRE) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
Other Indices of Interest…

The Banks index (BKX) dipped 0.23 points ( 0.51%) to 45.29 points. Total volume traded in the 24 components of the index was 257.27m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 3.8 to one, with 15 decliners to 4 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 180.45m to 55.62m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Bank Of America (BAC) -0.12 (1.6%) to $7.22 on volume of 84.19m shares;
  • Capital One Financial (COF) -0.85 (1.5%) to $55.64 on volume of 2.53m shares;
  • Regions Financial (RF) -0.1 (14%) to $6.86 on volume of 14.67m shares;
  • Citigroup Inc (C) -0.35 (1.3%) to $26.78 on volume of 35.65m shares; and
  • People’s United (PBCT) -0.09 (0.8%) to $11.37 on volume of 3.14m shares.

The Semiconductor index (SOX) added 0.11 points (0.03%) to 383.83 points. Total volume traded in the 18 components of the index was 146.82m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 1.3 to one, with 9 advancers to 7 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining v olume by 84.19m to 62.64m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

  • Texas Instruments (TXN) +0.39 (1.4%) to $27.63 on volume of 9.28m shares;
  • National Semiconductor (NSM) +0.3 (1.4%) to $22.32 on volume of 0.45m shares;
  • Xilinx (XLNX) +0.41 (1.3%) to $32.81 on volume of 3.14m shares;
  • Micron Technology (MU) +0.06 (1%) to $6.27 on volume of 23.3m shares; and
  • ST Microelectronic (STM) +0.05 (0.9%) to $5.41 on volume of 1.26m shares.

The ChildKiller (“Defence”) index (DFX) declined 4.34 points (1.15%) to 373.16 points. Total volume traded in the 17 components of the index was 48.24m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 4.3 to one, with 13 decliners to 3 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 42.85m to 5.39m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Gencorp (GY) -0.41 (4.9%) to $8.04 on volume of 0.96m shares;
  • Embraer Empresa (ERJ) -0.77 (3%) to $24.61 o n volume of 1.96m shares;
  • Esterline Tech (ESL) -1.508 (2.6%) to $57.212 on volume of 0.1m shares;
  • Boeing (BA) -1.14 (1.5%) to $72.77 on volume of 4.06m shares; and
  • L-3 Holdings (LLL) -1.02 (1.4%) to $69.87 on volume of 0.42m shares.

USRant for Tuesday, July 31st 2012

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The following economic data was released during the session:

  • Gross Domestic Product m/m for May 2012 was released in Canada; the series posted a reading of 0.1% a decline of 0.2 compared to the last data point (0.3%) , which was lower than the market’s pre-release guess of 0.2%.
  • Industrial Product Price m/m for July 2012 was released in Canada; the result was -0.3% dropping 0.2 compared to the last data point (-0.1%) , which was lower than the consensus estimate of -0.1%.
  • Raw Materials Price Index m/m for July 2012 was released in Canada; the result was -4.0% dropping 2.9 compared to the last data point (-1.1%) , which was lower than the market’s pre-release guess of -3.0%.
  • S&P/Case-Shiller Composite-20 y/y for May 2012 was released in the US; the outcome was -0.7% adding 1.1 from the prior reading of -1.8% – above expectations of -1.4%.
  • Personal Consumption Expenditure Deflator m/m for July 2012 was released in the US; the outcome was 0.1% an increase of 0.3 from the prior reading of -0.2% – above the consensus estimate of 0.0%.
  • Personal Consumption Expenditure Deflator y/y for July 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 1.5% unchanged from the last data release for this series. , which was lower than expectations of 1.7%.
  • Personal Consumption Expenditure Core y/y for July 2012 was released in the US; the result was 1.8% unchanged from the last data release for this series. , in line with expectations of 1.8%.
  • Personal Spending for July 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 0.0% a gain of 0.1 from the prior reading of -0.1% , which was lower than expectations of 0.1%.
  • Personal Income for July 2012 was released in the US; the result was 0.5% adding 0.2 from the prior reading of 0.3% – above the market’s pre-release guess of 0.4%.
  • Personal Co nsumption Expenditure Core m/m for July 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 0.2% rising 0.1 from the prior reading of 0.1% , in line with the market’s pre-release guess of 0.2%.
  • Chicago Purchasing Manager for July 2012 was released in the US; the result was 53.7 rising 0.8 from the prior reading of 52.9 – above the consensus estimate of 52.5.
  • Employment Cost Index for December 2012 was released in the US; the result was 0.5% advancing 0.1 from the prior reading of 0.4% , in line with expectations of 0.5%.
  • S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index for May 2012 was released in the US; the result was 139.0 advancing 3.1 from the prior reading of 135.9 – above expectations of 137.6.
  • S&P/CS 20 City s.a. m/m for May 2012 was released in the US; the outcome was 0.9% gaining 0.2 from the prior reading of 0.7% – above the market’s pre-release guess of 0.4%.

Headline Indices

The Do w Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 13,008.68 points, a change of -64.33 points (-0.49%) for the session.

The session high was 13,082.66 points, while the low was down at 13,006.48 points.

Total volume traded in the 30 components of the index was 461.8m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 2.8 to one, with 22 decliners to 8 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 263.28m to 198.53m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Home Depot (HD) -1.07 (2%) to $52.18 on volume of 10.13m shares;
  • Caterpillar (CAT) -1.48 (1.7%) to $84.21 on volume of 7.85m shares;
  • AIG (AIG) -0.45 (1.4%) to $31.27 on volume of 9.27m shares;
  • Disney Corp (DIS) -0.66 (1.3%) to $49.14 on volume of 9.05m shares; and
  • Boeing (BA) -0.95 (1.3%) to $73.91 on volume of 3.46m shares.

 

The S&P500 Index dropped 5.98 points (0.43%) to 1379.32 points..

Total volume traded in the 500 components of the index was 2.3bn shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 2.7 to one, with 321 decliners to 119 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 1.38bn to 893.3m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • CoachInc. (COH) -11.25 (18.6%) to $49.33 on volume of 33.16m shares;
  • Humana Inc. (HUM) -8.95 (12.7%) to $61.6 on volume of 11.59m shares;
  • Masco Corp. (MAS) -1.09 (8.3%) to $12.03 on volume of 19.77m shares;
  • Applied Biosystems Inc. (ABI) -1.03 (6.4%) to $15.02 on volume of 0m shares; and
  • Lowe’s Cos. (LOW) -1.49 (5.5%) to $25.37 on volume of 21.43m shares.

The Nasdaq Composite dropped 6.32 points (0.21%) to 2939.52 points. while the Nasdaq100 rose +0.41 points (0.02%) to 2642.53 points..

Total volume traded in the 100 components of the index was 499.89m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 2.2 to one, with 61 decliners to 28 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 300.4m to 187.74m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

  • Apple (AAPL) +15.73 (2.6%) to $610.76 on volume of 16.33m shares;
  • Level 3 Communications (LVLT) +0.48 (2.6%) to $19.27 on volume of 1.55m shares;
  • Focus Media Holding (FMCN) +0.39 (2%) to $19.78 on volume of 1.66m shares;
  • Symantec (SYMC) +0.28 (1.8%) to $15.75 on volume of 13.12m shares; and
  • NVIDIA (NVDA) +0.21 (1.6%) to $13.54 on volume of 9.49m shares.

Volatility

The CBOE Volatility Index gained +0.86 points (4.77%) to 18.89 points. and the CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index gained +0.60 points (3.04%) to 20.34 points..

Breadth and Internals

A total of 3179 issues traded today on the NYSE; today’s total volume was 3.45bn shares. A total of 1253 stocks posted gains for the day, and volume in advancing issues totalled 1.23bn shares. Exerting downwards pressure on the index were 1798 losers, which accounted for a total declining volume of 2.16bn shares. 182 stocks made new 1-year highs on the NYSE, while 26 shares plumbed new 52-week depths.

On the Nasdaq 2608 tickers traded today; total Nasdaq volume was 1.73bn shares. A total of 1024 stocks posted gains for the day, with aggregate volume of 0.69bn shares changing hands in the day’s winners. The red zone of the Nasdaq exchange comprised 1460 losers, and total declining volume was 1.01bn shares. 52 Nasdaq-listed stocks hit new 52-week highs, while 52 shares dipped to new 1-year lows.

Major Market Statistics
Index Close Gain(Loss) %
Dow Jones Industrial Average 0.00 N/A 0%
S&P500 Index 1379.32 -5.98 -0.43%
Nasdaq Composite 2939.52 -6.32 -0.21%
Nasdaq100 2642.53 +0.41 0.02%
CBOE Volatility Index 18.89 +0.86 4.77%
CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index 20.34 +0.60 3.04%

Dow Darlings

  • Pfizer (PFE) +0.33 (1.4%) to $24.04 on volume of 52.1m units
  • AT&T (T) +0.49 (1.3%) to $37.92 on volume of 33.5m units
  • Bank Of America (BAC) +0.06 (0.8%) to $7.34 on volume of 77.3m units
  • Verizon (VZ) +0.19 (0.4%) to $45.14 on volume of 10.1m units
  • Alcoa (AA) +0.02 (0.2%) to $8.47 on volume of 12.4m units

Dow Duds:

  • Home Depot (HD) -1.07 (2%) to $52.18 on volume of 10.1m units
  • Caterpillar (CAT) -1.48 (1.7%) to $84.21 on volume of 7.8m units
  • Disney Corp (DIS) -0.66 (1.3%) to $49.14 on volume of 9.1m units
  • Boeing (BA) -0.95 (1.3%) to $73.91 on volume of 3.5m units
  • American Express (AXP) -0.58 (1%) to $57.71 on volume of 4.1m units

Most Traded Dow stocks:

  • Bank Of America (BAC) +0.06 (0.8%) to $7.34 on volume of 77.3m units
  • Pfizer (PFE) +0.33 (1.4%) to $24.04 on volume of 52.1m units
  • Microsoft (MSFT)-0.17 (0.6%) to $29.47 on volume of 36.9m units
  • AT&T (T) +0.49 (1.3%) to $37.92 on volume of 33.5m units
  • General Electric (GE)-0.05 (0.2%) to $20.75 on volume of 33.3m units
Precious Metals

Precious met als futures performed as follows –

Precious Metals Futures
Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
Gold 1614.6 -9.4 -0.58
Silver 27.914 -0.119 -0.42
Palladium 590.55 2.2 0.37
Platinum 1416.9 5.1 0.36

The Gold Bugs index (XAU) slid 2.92 points (1.9%) to 150.9 points. Total volume traded in the 16 components of the index was 53.75m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 15 to one, with 15 decliners to 1 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 51.66m to 2.09m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Harmony Gold (HMY) -0.38 (3.7%) to $9.82 on volume of 0.95m shares;
  • Coeur d’Alene (CDE) -0.45 (2.7%) to $16.31 on volume of 1.42m shares;
  • RandGold Resources (GOLD) -2.42 (2.6%) to $89.48 on volume of 0.37m shares;
  • Kinroos Gold (KGC) -0.22 (2.6%) to $8.31 on volume of 6.24m shares; and
  • Gold Fields Ltd (GFI) -0.33 (2.5%) to $12.9 on volume of 4.2m shares.
Energy Complex

Energy futures performed as follows –

Energy Futures
Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
Crude Oil 88.06 -1.72 -1.92
Heating Oil 2.848 -0.0334 -1.16
Natural Gas 3.209 -0.005 -0.16
Gasoline RBOB 2.7743 -0.0441 -1.56

The Oil Services index (OSX) slid 4.85 points (2.19%) to 216.65 points. Total volume traded in the 15 components of the index was 57.28m shares. None of the 15 index components rose today: 12 stocks within the index fell, with downside volume of 57.28m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Nabors Industries (NBR) -0.74 (5.1%) to $13.84 on volume of 6.87m shares;
  • Weatherford International (WFT) -0.57 (4.5%) to $12.05 on volume of 12.63m shares;
  • Rowan Co (RDC) -1.21 (3.3%) to $35.13 on volume of 2.98m shares;
  • Cameron International (CAM) -1.31 (2.5%) to $50.27 on volume of 2.97m shares; and
  • Tidewater (TDW) -1.22 (2.5%) to $48.57 on volume of 0.43m shares.
Currency Futures

Currency futures performed as follows –

Currency Futures
Index Close Gain(Loss) %
U.S. Dollar Index 82.72 -0.148 -0.18
Euro FX 1.2313 0.0044 0.36

Bellwethers

The nine-stock group that makes up the Rant bellwethers declined on average by 0.1%. The fallout occurred as follows:

  • General Electric (GE) -0.05 (0.24%) to $20.75 on volume of 33.31m units.
  • Citigroup (C) -0.01 (0.04%) to $27.13 on volume of 20.61m units.
  • Wal-Mart (WMT) -0.55 (0.73%) to $74.43 on volume of 7.5m units.
  • IBM (IBM) -0.7 (0.36%) to $195.98 on volume of 3.07m units.
  • Intel (INTC) -0.06 (0.23%) to $25.70 on volume of 25.9m units.
  • Cisco Systems (CSCO) +0.08 (0.5%) to $15.95 on volume of 33.39m units.
  • Google (GOOG) +0.67 (0.11%) to $632.97 on volume of 1.83m units.
  • Fannie Mae (FNM) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
  • Freddie Mac (FRE) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
Other Indices of Interest…

The Banks index (BKX) dipped 0.2 points (0 .44%) to 45.52 points. Total volume traded in the 24 components of the index was 206.38m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 6 to one, with 18 decliners to 3 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 121.86m to 84.52m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) -0.095 (1.5%) to $6.215 on volume of 10.34m shares;
  • Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) -0.2 (1.4%) to $13.82 on volume of 8.37m shares;
  • Regions Financial (RF) -0.09 (1.3%) to $6.96 on volume of 12.97m shares;
  • PNC Financial (PNC) -0.72 (1.2%) to $59.1 on volume of 2.77m shares; and
  • BB&T Corp (BBT) -0.34 (1.1%) to $31.37 on volume of 3.29m shares.

The Semiconductor index (SOX) rose 3.11 points (0.82%) to 383.72 points. Total volume traded in the 18 components of the index was 166.17m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 1.3 to one, with 9 advancers to 7 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volu me by 106.69m to 59.47m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

  • Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) +0.48 (3.6%) to $13.97 on volume of 16.74m shares;
  • Micron Technology (MU) +0.1 (1.6%) to $6.21 on volume of 51m shares;
  • ST Microelectronic (STM) +0.06 (1.1%) to $5.36 on volume of 1.83m shares;
  • Altera (ALTR) +0.24 (0.7%) to $35.45 on volume of 4.23m shares; and
  • Applied Materials (AMAT) +0.07 (0.6%) to $10.89 on volume of 8.52m shares.

The ChildKiller (“Defence”) index (DFX) lost 0.1 points (0.03%) to 377.5 points. Total volume traded in the 17 components of the index was 54.35m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 1.7 to one, with 10 decliners to 6 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 47.02m to 7.33m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Boeing (BA) -0.95 (1.3%) to $73.91 on volume of 3.46m shares;
  • Northrop Grummanl (NOC) -0.56 (0.8%) to $66.2 on vol ume of 1.58m shares;
  • Esterline Tech (ESL) -0.46 (0.8%) to $58.72 on volume of 0.05m shares;
  • United Technologies (UTX) -0.53 (0.7%) to $74.44 on volume of 3.38m shares; and
  • General Electric (GE) -0.05 (0.2%) to $20.75 on volume of 33.31m shares.

USRant for Monday, July 30th 2012

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The following economic data was released during the session:

  • Dallas Fed Manufacturing Activity for July 2012 was released in the US; the result was -13.2 sliding 19 compared to the last data point (5.8) , which was lower than the consensus estimate of 2.0.

Headline Indices

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 13,073.01 points, a change of -2.65 points (-0.02%) for the session.

The session high was 13,128.64 points, while the low was down at 13,042.85 points.

Total volume traded in the 30 components of the index was 420.81m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 1.6 to one, with 18 decliners to 11 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 321m to 87.18m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • JPMorganChase (JPM) -0.75 (2%) to $36.14 on volume of 26.62m shares;
  • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -0.305 (1.6%) to $18.26 on volume of 10.65m shares;
  • General Motors (GM) -0.31 (1.6%) to $19.36 on volume of 3.78m shares;
  • Merck (MRK) -0.615 (1.4%) to $44.48 on volume of 12.28m shares; and
  • Intel (INTC) -0.26 (1%) to $25.76 on volume of 25.6m shares.

 

The S&P500 Index dropped 0.67 points (0.05%) to 1385.30 points..

Total volume traded in the 500 components of the index was 1.98bn shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 1.1 to one, with 234 decliners to 204 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 1.06bn to 898.99m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Citrix Systems (CTXS) -4.56 (5.9%) to $73.25 on volume of 5.68m shares;
  • Loews Corp. (L) -2.16 (5.2%) to $39.54 on volume of 2.52m shares;
  • Avon Products (AVP) -0.72 (4.5%) to $15.45 on volume of 5.8m shares;
  • MEMC Electronic Materials (WFR) -0.08 (4.2%) to $1.82 on volume of 1.98m shares; and
  • Apollo Group (APOL) -1.17 (4.1%) to $27.22 on volume of 1.79m shares.

The Nasdaq Composite dipped 12.25 points (0.41%) to 2945.84 points. while the Nasdaq100 dropped 4.91 points (0.19%) to 2642.12 points..

Total volume traded in the 100 components of the index was 475.65m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 2.3 to one, with 63 decliners to 27 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 308.13m to 167.52m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Citrix Systems (CTXS) -4.56 (5.9%) to $73.25 on volume of 5.68m shares;
  • Apollo Group (APOL) -1.17 (4.1%) to $27.22 on volume of 1.79m shares;
  • Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP) -2 (4%) to $48.32 on volume of 2.86m shares;
  • NII Holdings (NIHD) -0.28 (4%) to $6.79 on volume of 5.97m shares; and
  • Sears Holdings (SHLD) -1.89 (3.6%) to $49.96 on volume of 0.41m shares.

Volatility

The CBOE Volatility Index added +1.33 points (7.96%) to 18.03 points. and the CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index gained +1.26 points (6.78%) to 19.84 points..

Breadth and Internals

A total of 3171 issues traded today on the NYSE; today’s total volume was 2.93bn shares. A total of 1505 stocks posted gains for the day, and volume in advancing issues totalled 1.52bn shares. Exerting downwards pressure on the index were 1571 losers, which accounted for a total declining volume of 1.38bn shares. 189 stocks made new 1-year highs on the NYSE, while 19 shares plumbed new 52-week depths.

On the Nasdaq 2595 tickers traded today; total Nasdaq volume was 1.45bn shares. A total of 888 stocks posted gains for the day, with aggregate volume of 0.48bn shares changing hands in the day’s winners. The red zone of the Nasdaq exchange comprised 1595 losers, and total declining volume was 0.96bn shares. 66 Nasdaq-listed stocks hit new 52-week highs, while 49 sh ares dipped to new 1-year lows.

Major Market Statistics
Index Close Gain(Loss) %
Dow Jones Industrial Average 0.00 N/A 0%
S&P500 Index 1385.30 -0.67 -0.05%
Nasdaq Composite 2945.84 -12.25 -0.41%
Nasdaq100 2642.12 -4.91 -0.19%
CBOE Volatility Index 18.03 +1.33 7.96%
CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index 19.84 +1.26 6.78%

Dow Darlings

  • Coca-Cola (KO) +1.11 (1.4%) to $81.12 on volume of 7.3m units
  • United Technologies (UTX) +0.69 (0.9%) to $74.97 on volume of 3.9m units
  • AT&T (T) +0.29 (0.8%) to $37.43 on volume of 24m units
  • Wal-Mart (WMT) +0.46 (0.6%) to $74.98 on volume of 8.3m units
  • Chevron (CVX) +0.56 (0.5%) to $109.82 on volume of 5m units

Dow Duds:

  • JPMorganChase (JPM) -0.75 (2%) to $36.14 on volume of 26.6m units
  • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -0.305 (1.6%) to $18.26 on volume of 10.6m units
  • Merck (MRK) -0.615 (1.4%) to $44.48 on volume of 12.3m units
  • Intel (INTC) -0.26 (1%) to $25.76 on volume of 25.6m units
  • Boeing (BA) -0.65 (0.9%) to $74.86 on volume of 4.4m units

Most Traded Dow stocks:

  • Bank Of America (BAC)-0.03 (0.4%) to $7.28 on volume of 72.9m units
  • General Electric (GE)-0.12 (0.6%) to $20.8 on volume of 42.5m units
  • Microsoft (MSFT)-0.115 (0.4%) to $29.64 on volume of 28.7m units
  • Pfizer (PFE)-0.115 (0.5%) to $23.71 on volume of 27.3m units
  • JPMorganChase (JPM)-0.75 (2%) to $36.14 on volume of 26.6m units
Precious Metals

Precio us metals futures performed as follows –

Precious Metals Futures
Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
Gold 1624 1.3 0.08
Silver 28.033 0.535 1.95
Palladium 588.35 16.5 2.89
Platinum 1411.8 3.6 0.26

The Gold Bugs index (XAU) rose 2.02 points (1.33%) to 153.82 points. Total volume traded in the 16 components of the index was 52.15m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 15 to one, with 15 advancers to 1 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 48.49m to 3.66m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

  • Silver Stand Resources (SSRI) +0.37 (2.9%) to $13.07 on volume of 0.78m shares;
  • Pan-American Silver (PAAS) +0.39 (2.7%) to $14.7 on volume of 1.21m shares;
  • Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) +1.15 (2.7%) to $44.31 on volume of 1.84m shares;
  • Barrick Gold (ABX) +0.71 (2.2%) to $33.06 on volume of 8.07m shares; and
  • Silver Wheaton (SLW) +0.58 (2.1%) to $28.06 on volume of 2.85m shares.
Energy Complex

Energy futures performed as follows –

Energy Futures
Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
Crude Oil 89.78 -0.35 -0.39
Heating Oil 2.8814 -0.0091 -0.31
Natural Gas 3.214 0.199 6.6
Gasoline RBOB 2.8184 0.0217 0.78

The Oil Services index (OSX) slid 3.64 points (1.62%) to 221.5 points. Total volume traded in the 15 components of the index was 48.92m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 2.7 to one, with 8 advancers to 3 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 27.2m to 17.87m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Schlumberger (SLB) -0.42 (0.6%) to $72.54 on volume of 5.72m shares;
  • Cameron International (CAM) -0.24 (0.5%) to $5158 on volume of 3.04m shares; and
  • Halliburton (HAL) -0.07 (0.2%) to $33.55 on volume of 9.11m shares.
Currency Futures

Currency futures performed as follows –

Currency Futures
Index Close Gain(Loss) %
U.S. Dollar Index 82.89 0.125 0.15
Euro FX 1.2269 -0.0048 -0.39

Bellwethers

The nine-stock group that makes up the Rant bellwethers declined on average by 0.1%. The fallout occurred as follows:

  • General Electric (GE) -0.12 (0.57%) to $20.80 on volume of 42.52m units.
  • Citigroup (C) -0.16 (0.59%) to $27.14 on volume of 25.2m units.
  • Wal-Mart (WMT) +0.46 (0.62%) to $74.98 on volume of 8.29m units.
  • IBM (IBM) +0.29 (0.15%) to $196.68 on volume of 2.47m units.
  • Intel (INTC) -0.26 (1%) to $25.76 on volume of 25.6m units.
  • Cisco Systems (CSCO) +0.18 (1.15%) to $15.87 on volume of 36.21m units.
  • Google (GOOG) -2.66 (0.42%) to $632.30 on volume of 2.13m units.
  • Fannie Mae (FNM) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
  • Freddie Mac (FRE) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
Other Indices of Interest…

The Banks index (BKX) fell 0.38 points (0.8 2%) to 45.72 points. Total volume traded in the 24 components of the index was 210.11m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 4.3 to one, with 17 decliners to 4 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 195.45m to 14.66m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • BB&T Corp (BBT) -0.69 (2.1%) to $31.71 on volume of 4.83m shares;
  • JPMorganChase (JPM) -0.75 (2%) to $36.14 on volume of 26.62m shares;
  • Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) -0.215 (1.5%) to $14.02 on volume of 8.12m shares;
  • Keycorp (KEY) -0.115 (1.4%) to $8.06 on volume of 5.58m shares; and
  • Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) -0.085 (1.3%) to $6.31 on volume of 5.85m shares.

The Semiconductor index (SOX) dropped 3.62 points (0.94%) to 380.61 points. Total volume traded in the 18 components of the index was 127.46m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 2.2 to one, with 11 decliners to 5 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing vol ume by 107.19m to 20.27m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Sandisk (SNDK) -1.27 (3%) to $41.17 on volume of 5.73m shares;
  • Micron Technology (MU) -0.165 (2.6%) to $6.11 on volume of 27.41m shares;
  • Marvell Technology (MRVL) -0.285 (2.5%) to $11.33 on volume of 7.15m shares;
  • Altera (ALTR) -0.83 (2.3%) to $35.21 on volume of 2.97m shares; and
  • Teradyne (TER) -0.34 (2.3%) to $14.63 on volume of 3.59m shares.

The ChildKiller (“Defence”) index (DFX) dipped 1.64 points (0.43%) to 377.6 points. Total volume traded in the 17 components of the index was 63.78m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 1.7 to one, with 10 decliners to 6 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 55.28m to 8.51m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

  • Teledyne Tech (TDY) -2.04 (3.2%) to $61.53 on volume of 0.27m shares;
  • FLIRr Systems (FLIR) -0.37 (1.8%) to $20.48 on volume o f 2.17m shares;
  • Esterline Tech (ESL) -0.93 (1.5%) to $59.18 on volume of 0.06m shares;
  • ITT Corporation (ITT) -0.27 (1.4%) to $18.63 on volume of 1m shares; and
  • Lockheed Martin (LMT) -1.12 (1.2%) to $89.08 on volume of 1.29m shares.

USRant for Friday, July 27th 2012

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The following economic data was released during the session:

  • Core Personal Consumption Expenditure q/q for December A 2012 was released in the US; the outcome was 1.8% sliding 0.4 compared to the last data point (2.2%) , in line with expectations of 1.8%.
  • Personal Consumption for December A 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 1.5% sliding 0.9 compared to the last data point (2.4%) – above the consensus estimate of 1.3%.
  • U. of Michigan Confidence for July F 2012 was released in the US; the outcome was 72.3 rising 0.3 from the prior reading of 72.0 – above the market’s pre-release guess of 72.0.
  • Gross Domestic Product Price Index for December A 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 1.6% losing 0.4 compared to the last data point (2.0%) – above expectations of 1.5%.

Headline Indices

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 13 ,075.66 points, a change of +187.73 points (1.46%) for the session.

The session high was 13,117.74 points, while the low was down at 12,888.53 points.

Total volume traded in the 30 components of the index was 659.24m shares. Not a single stock declined withinin the index: 30 of the 30 index components rose, with total upside volume of 659.24mshares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

  • Merck (MRK) +1.765 (4.1%) to $45.095 on volume of 24.02m shares;
  • Citigroup (C) +1.02 (3.9%) to $27.3 on volume of 48.39m shares;
  • Caterpillar (CAT) +2.86 (3.4%) to $86.16 on volume of 11.18m shares;
  • Alcoa (AA) +0.26 (3.2%) to $8.45 on volume of 24.53m shares; and
  • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) +0.555 (3.1%) to $18.565 on volume of 16.16m shares.

 

The S&P500 Index added +25.95 points (1.91%) to 1385.97 points..

Total volume traded in the 500 components of the index was 2.75bn shares. Advancers outpaced decliners b y 30.6 to one, with 429 advancers to 14 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 2.62bn to 126.74m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

  • Expedia Inc. (EXPE) +9.19 (20.1%) to $54.9 on volume of 17.44m shares;
  • MEMC Electronic Materials (WFR) +0.2 (11.8%) to $1.9 on volume of 2.95m shares;
  • Coventry Health Care Inc. (CVH) +3.35 (10.9%) to $34.07 on volume of 2.74m shares;
  • TellabsInc. (TLAB) +0.32 (10.6%) to $3.325 on volume of 10.07m shares; and
  • Tenet Healthcare Corp. (THC) +0.42 (9.5%) to $4.82 on volume of 6.99m shares.

The Nasdaq Composite added +64.84 points (2.24%) to 2958.09 points. while the Nasdaq100 added +62.18 points (2.41%) to 2647.03 points..

Total volume traded in the 100 components of the index was 679.76m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 29 to one, with 87 advancers to 3 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 632.44m to 47.32m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

  • Expedia (EXPE) +9.19 (20.1%) to $54.9 on volume of 17.44m shares;
  • Leap Wireless International (LEAP) +0.56 (9.9%) to $6.2 on volume of 2.24m shares;
  • Amazon.com (AMZN) +17.31 (7.9%) to $237.32 on volume of 11.27m shares;
  • Gilead Sciences (GILD) +3.82 (7.4%) to $55.5 on volume of 13.97m shares; and
  • VeriSign (VRSN) +2.79 (6.5%) to $45.42 on volume of 4.43m shares.

Volatility

The CBOE Volatility Index lost 0.82 points (4.68%) to 16.71 points. and the CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index dipped 1.42 points (7.06%) to 18.69 points..

Breadth and Internals

A total of 3179 issues traded today on the NYSE; today’s total volume was 3.94bn shares. A total of 2576 stocks posted gains for the day, and volume in advancing issues totalled 3.67bn shares. Exerting downwards pressure on the index were 526 losers, which accounted for a total declining volume of 0.23bn shares. 247 stocks made new 1-year highs on the NYSE, while 29 shares plumbed new 52-week depths.

On the Nasdaq 2580 tickers traded today; total Nasdaq volume was 2.04bn shares. A total of 1916 stocks posted gains for the day, with aggregate volume of 1.56bn shares changing hands in the day’s winners. The red zone of the Nasdaq exchange comprised 569 losers, and total declining volume was 0.47bn shares. 95 Nasdaq-listed stocks hit new 52-week highs, while 58 shares dipped to new 1-year lows.

Major Market Statistics
Index Close Gain(Loss) %
Dow Jones Industrial Average 0.00 N/A 0%
S&P500 Index 1385.97 +25.95 1.91%
Nasdaq Composite 2958.09 +64.84 2.24%
Nasdaq100 2647.03 +62.18 2.41%
CBOE Volatility Index 16.71 -0.82 -4.68%
CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index 18.69 -1.42 -7.06%

Dow Darlings

  • Merck (MRK) +1.765 (4.1%) to $45.1 on volume of 24m units
  • Caterpillar (CAT) +2.86 (3.4%) to $86.16 on volume of 11.2m units
  • Alcoa (AA) +0.26 (3.2%) to $8.45 on volume of 24.5m units
  • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) +0.555 (3.1%) to $18.57 on volume of 16.2m units
  • JPMorganChase (JPM) +1.08 (3%) to $36.89 on volume of 44.6m units

Dow Duds:

    Most Traded Dow stocks:

    • Bank Of America (BAC) +0.14 (2%) to $7.31 on volume of 137.9m units
    • General Electric (GE) +0.36 (1.8%) to $20.92 on volume of 62.6m units
    • JPMorganChase (JPM) +1.08 (3%) to $36.89 on volume of 44.6m units
    • Microsoft (MSFT) +0.595 (2%) to $29.76 on volume of 43.9m units
    • AT&T (T) +0.84 (2.3%) to $37.14 on volume of 35.1m units
    Precious Metals

    Precious metals futures performed as follows –

    Precious Metals Futures
    Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
    Gold 1622.7 2.9 0.18
    Silver 27.498 0.052 0.19
    Palladium 571.85 1.95 0.34
    Platinum 1408.2 2.6 0.18

    The Gold Bugs index (XAU) advanced 1.82 points (1.21%) to 151.8 points. Total volume traded in the 16 components of the index was 81.78m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 3 to one, with 12 advancers to 4 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 49.08m to 32.7m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

    • Harmony Gold (HMY) +0.38 (3.9%) to $10.13 on volume of 1.65m shares;
    • Freeport McMoran (FCX) +1.16 (3.6%) to $33.47 on volume of 16.87m shares;
    • AngloGold Ashanti (AU) +1.06 (3.1%) to $34.76 on volume of 2.17m shares;
    • Royal Gold (RGLD) +2.22 (3%) to $75.55 on volume of 0.6m shares; and
    • Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) +1.07 (2.5%) to $43.16 on volume of 2.73m shares.
    Energy Complex

    Energy futures performed as follows –

    Energy Futures
    Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
    Crude Oil 90.13 0.74 0.83
    Heating Oil 2.8905 0.0211 0.74
    Natural Gas 3.015 -0.075 -2.43
    Gasoline RBOB 2.7967 0.0597 2.18

    The Oil Services index (OSX) advanced 5.85 points (2.67%) to 225.14 points. Total volume traded in the 15 components of the index was 77.49m shares. Not a single stock declined withinin the index: 12 of the 15 index components rose, with total upside volume of 77.49mshares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

    • Weatherford International (WFT) +0.81 (6.9%) to $12.61 on volume of 15.81m shares;
    • Cameron International (CAM) +1.91 (3.8%) to $51.82 on volume of 6.73m shares;
    • Oceaneering International (OII) +1.68 (3.4%) to $51.65 on volume of 0.66m shares;
    • Halliburton (HAL) +1.06 (3.3%) to $33.62 on volume of 19.54m shares; and
    • Rowan Co (RDC) +1.09 (3.1%) to $35.79 on volume of 1.52m shares.
    Currency Futures

    Currency futures performed as follows –

    Currency Futures
    Index Close Gain(Loss) %
    U.S. Dollar Index 82.76 -0.099 -0.12
    Euro FX 1.2317 0.0024 0.2

    Bellwethers

    The nine-stock group that makes up the Rant bellwethers advanced on average by 1.7%. The fallout occurred as follows:

    • General Electric (GE) +0.36 (1.75%) to $20.92 on volume of 62.6m units.
    • Citigroup (C) +1.02 (3.88%) to $27.30 on volume of 48.39m units.
    • Wal-Mart (WMT) +0.85 (1.15%) to $74.52 on volume of 10.06m units.
    • IBM (IBM) +2.44 (1.26%) to $196.39 on volume of 3.75m units.
    • Intel (INTC) +0.52 (2.04%) to $26.02 on volume of 33m units.
    • Cisco Systems (CSCO) +0.31 (2.02%) to $15.69 on volume of 39.9m units.
    • Google (GOOG) +21.60 (3.52%) to $634.96 on volume of 3.52m units.
    • Fannie Mae (FNM) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
    • Freddie Mac (FRE) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
    Other Indices of Interest…

    The Banks index (BKX) gained 0.7 points ( 1.54%) to 46.1 points. Total volume traded in the 24 components of the index was 355.66m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 20 to one, with 20 advancers to 1 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 344.25m to 11.4m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

    • Citigroup Inc (C) +1.02 (3.9%) to $27.3 on volume of 48.39m shares;
    • Washington Mutual (WM) +1.05 (3.2%) to $34.15 on volume of 5.89m shares;
    • JPMorganChase (JPM) +1.08 (3%) to $36.89 on volume of 44.59m shares;
    • Zions Bancorp (ZION) +0.4 (2.2%) to $18.48 on volume of 3.24m shares; and
    • Capital One Financial (COF) +1.24 (2.2%) to $57.6 on volume of 2.86m shares.

    The Semiconductor index (SOX) advanced 8.69 points (2.31%) to 384.23 points. Total volume traded in the 18 components of the index was 147.39m shares. Not a single stock declined withinin the index: 15 of the 18 index components rose, with total upside volume of 146.12mshares. Th e biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

    • ST Microelectronic (STM) +0.29 (5.8%) to $5.28 on volume of 1.77m shares;
    • Micron Technology (MU) +0.32 (5.4%) to $6.275 on volume of 23.68m shares;
    • Altera (ALTR) +1.3 (3.7%) to $36.04 on volume of 4.63m shares;
    • KLA-Tencor Cp (KLAC) +1.25 (2.5%) to $50.91 on volume of 2.69m shares; and
    • Applied Materials (AMAT) +0.255 (2.4%) to $10.895 on volume of 10.73m shares.

    The ChildKiller (“Defence”) index (DFX) advanced 6 points (1.61%) to 379.24 points. Total volume traded in the 17 components of the index was 87.39m shares. Not a single stock declined withinin the index: 16 of the 17 index components rose, with total upside volume of 87.39mshares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

    • Teledyne Tech (TDY) +1.91 (3.1%) to $63.57 on volume of 0.23m shares;
    • Esterline Tech (ESL) +1.61 (2.8%) to $60.11 on volume of 0.08m shares;
    • Gencorp (GY) +0.21 (2.6%) to $8.34 on volume of 1.48m shares;
    • Alliant Tech (ATK) +1.03 (2.3%) to $45.67 on volume of 0.31m shares; and
    • Raytheon (RTN) +1.11 (2%) to $55.67 on volume of 2.15m shares.

    USRant for Thursday, July 26th 2012

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    The following economic data was released during the session:

    • Durables Ex Transportation for June 2012 was released in the US; the outcome was -1.1% a decline of 1.9 compared to the last data point (0.8%) , which was lower than the consensus estimate of 0.1%.
    • Cap Goods Orders Nondef Ex Air for June 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of -1.4% sliding 4.1 compared to the last data point (2.7%) , which was lower than the market’s pre-release guess of 0.1%.
    • Cap Goods Ship Nondef Ex Air for June 2012 was released in the US; the outcome was 1.2% advancing 0.1 from the prior reading of 1.1% – above the consensus estimate of 0.6%.
    • Pending Home Sales y/y for June 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 8.4% declining 6.3 compared to the last data point (14.7%) , which was lower than the consensus estimate of 12.1%.
    • Pending Home Sales m/m for June 2012 was released in the US; the outcome was -1.4% declining 6.8 compared to the last data point (5.4%) , which was lower than expectations of 0.3%.
    • Initial Jobless Claims for July 21 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 353K declining 35 compared to the last data point (388K) , which was lower than the market’s pre-release guess of 380K.
    • Continuing Claims for July 14 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 3287K dropping 30 compared to the last data point (3317K) , which was lower than the market’s pre-release guess of 3300K.
    • EIA Natural Gas Storage Change for July 20 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 26 sliding 2 compared to the last data point (28) , in line with expectations of 26.
    • Kansas City Fed Manf. Activity for July 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 5 advancing 2 from the prior reading of 3 – above the consensus estimat e of 4.

    Headline Indices

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 12,887.93 points, a change of +211.88 points (1.67%) for the session.

    The session high was 12,931.22 points, while the low was down at 12,680.59 points.

    Total volume traded in the 30 components of the index was 565.81m shares. Not a single stock declined withinin the index: 30 of the 30 index components rose, with total upside volume of 565.81mshares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

    • Home Depot (HD) +1.84 (3.6%) to $52.91 on volume of 11.8m shares;
    • American Express (AXP) +1.71 (3.1%) to $57.76 on volume of 6.42m shares;
    • Disney Corp (DIS) +1.41 (2.9%) to $49.71 on volume of 8.8m shares;
    • General Electric (GE) +0.56 (2.8%) to $20.56 on volume of 54.8m shares; and
    • AT&T (T) +0.97 (2.7%) to $36.3 on volume of 33.24m shares.

     

    The S&P500 Index advanced +22.13 points (1.65%) to 1360.02 points. .

    Total volume traded in the 500 components of the index was 2.84bn shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 8.3 to one, with 396 advancers to 48 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 2.44bn to 392.8m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

    • Terex Corp.” (TEX) +4.12 (29.2%) to $18.23 on volume of 16.51m shares;
    • Akamai Technologies Inc (AKAM) +6.79 (24%) to $35.04 on volume of 13.7m shares;
    • Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) +0.68 (20.2%) to $4.05 on volume of 300.23m shares;
    • Pulte HomesInc. (PHM) +1.84 (18.4%) to $11.86 on volume of 27.64m shares; and
    • LSI Corporation (LSI) +0.99 (16.4%) to $7.04 on volume of 38.71m shares.

    The Nasdaq Composite gained +39.01 points (1.37%) to 2893.25 points. while the Nasdaq100 added +35.65 points (1.4%) to 2584.85 points..

    Total volume traded in the 100 components of the index was 627.66m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 8.7 to one, with 78 advancers to 9 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 516.72m to 102.59m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

    • Akamai Technologies (AKAM) +6.79 (24%) to $35.04 on volume of 13.7m shares;
    • Leap Wireless International (LEAP) +0.59 (11.7%) to $5.64 on volume of 3.77m shares;
    • Cadence Design Systems (CDNS) +0.595 (5.2%) to $12.015 on volume of 7.38m shares;
    • Autodesk (ADSK) +1.545 (4.8%) to $33.485 on volume of 3.2m shares; and
    • Marvell Technology Group (MRVL) +0.51 (4.7%) to $11.4 on volume of 14.56m shares.

    Volatility

    The CBOE Volatility Index slid 1.88 points (9.72%) to 17.46 points. and the CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index dropped 1.22 points (5.69%) to 20.22 points..

    Breadth and Internals

    A total of 3189 issues traded today on the NYSE; today’s total volume was 4.13bn shares. A total of 2274 stocks posted gains for the day, and volume in advancing issues totalled 3.21bn shares. Exerting downwards pressure on the index were 823 losers, which accounted for a total declining volume of 0.9bn shares. 177 stocks made new 1-year highs on the NYSE, while 60 shares plumbed new 52-week depths.

    On the Nasdaq 2599 tickers traded today; total Nasdaq volume was 1.9bn shares. A total of 1613 stocks posted gains for the day, with aggregate volume of 1.31bn shares changing hands in the day’s winners. The red zone of the Nasdaq exchange comprised 861 losers, and total declining volume was 0.57bn shares. 43 Nasdaq-listed stocks hit new 52-week highs, while 87 shares dipped to new 1-year lows.

    Major Market Statistics
    Index Close Gain(Loss) %
    Dow Jones Industrial Average 0.00 N/A 0%
    S&P500 Index 1360.02 +22.13 1.65%
    Nasdaq Composite 2893.25 +39.01 1.37%
    Nasdaq100 2584.85 +35.65 1.4%
    CBOE Volatility Index 17.46 -1.88 -9.72%
    CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index 20.22 -1.22 -5.69%

    Dow Darlings

    • Home Depot (HD) +1.84 (3.6%) to $52.91 on volume of 11.8m units
    • American Express (AXP) +1.71 (3.1%) to $57.76 on volume of 6.4m units
    • Disney Corp (DIS) +1.41 (2.9%) to $49.71 on volume of 8.8m units
    • General Electric (GE) +0.56 (2.8%) to $20.56 on volume of 54.8m units
    • AT&T (T) +0.97 (2.7%) to $36.3 on volume of 33.2m units

    Dow Duds:

      Most Traded Dow stocks:

      • Bank Of America (BAC) +0.1 (1.4%) to $7.17 on volume of 118.6m units
      • General Electric (GE) +0.56 (2.8%) to $20.56 on volume of 54.8m units
      • Microsoft (MSFT) +0.33 (1.1%) to $29.16 on volume of 45m units
      • Intel (INTC) +0.37 (1.5%) to $25.5 on volume of 37.4m units
      • AT&T (T) +0.97 (2.7%) to $36.3 on volume of 33.2m units
      Precious Metals

      Precious metals futures performed as follows –

      Precious Metals Futures
      Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
      Gold 1619.8 7.1 0.44
      Silver 27.446 -0.02 -0.07
      Palladium 569.9 4.65 0.82
      Platinum 1405.6 6.2 0.44

      The Gold Bugs index (XAU) rose 2.9 points (1.97%) to 149.98 points. Total volume traded in the 16 components of the index was 92.31m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 7 to one, with 14 advancers to 2 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 65.38m to 26.93m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) +3.15 (8.1%) to $42.09 on volume of 7.01m shares;
      • GoldCorp (GG) +1.98 (5.8%) to $36.09 on volume of 7.74m shares;
      • Yamana Gold (AUY) +0.72 (5%) to $15.26 on volume of 7.11m shares;
      • Kinroos Gold (KGC) +0.34 (4.2%) to $8.42 on volume of 8.45m shares; and
      • Harmony Gold (HMY) +0.33 (3.5%) to $9.75 on volume of 1.63m shares.
      Energy Complex

      Energy futures performed as follows –

      Energy Futures
      Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
      Crude Oil 89.39 0.42 0.47
      Heating Oil 2.8694 0.0227 0.8
      Natural Gas 3.09 0.038 1.25
      Gasoline RBOB 2.737 0.0208 0.77

      The Oil Services index (OSX) added 9.1 points (4.33%) to 219.29 points. Total volume traded in the 15 components of the index was 86.36m shares. Not a single stock declined withinin the index: 12 of the 15 index components rose, with total upside volume of 86.36mshares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Cameron International (CAM) +5.07 (11.3%) to $49.91 on volume of 7m shares;
      • National Oilwell Varco (NOV) +5.98 (8.9%) to $73.31 on volume of 6.16m shares;
      • Schlumberger (SLB) +3.06 (4.5%) to $71.31 on volume of 8.92m shares;
      • Halliburton (HAL) +1.26 (4%) to $32.56 on volume of 19.05m shares; and
      • Nabors Industries (NBR) +0.52 (3.9%) to $13.92 on volume of 6.95m shares.
      Currency Futures

      Currency futures performed as follows –

      Currency Futures
      Index Close Gain(Loss) %
      U.S. Dollar Index 82.88 -0.761 -0.91
      Euro FX 1.2293 0.0126 1.04

      Bellwethers

      The nine-stock group that makes up the Rant bellwethers advanced on average by 1.2%. The fallout occurred as follows:

      • General Electric (GE) +0.56 (2.8%) to $20.56 on volume of 54.8m units.
      • Citigroup (C) +0.49 (1.9%) to $26.28 on volume of 29.49m units.
      • Wal-Mart (WMT) +1.59 (2.21%) to $73.67 on volume of 7.32m units.
      • IBM (IBM) +2.87 (1.5%) to $193.95 on volume of 2.9m units.
      • Intel (INTC) +0.37 (1.47%) to $25.50 on volume of 37.36m units.
      • Cisco Systems (CSCO) -0.04 (0.26%) to $15.38 on volume of 55.65m units.
      • Google (GOOG) +5.37 (0.88%) to $613.36 on volume of 1.67m units.
      • Fannie Mae (FNM) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
      • Freddie Mac (FRE) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
      Other Indices of Interest…

      The Banks index (BKX) advanced 0.74 points (1.66%) to 45.4 points. Total volume traded in the 24 components of the index was 303.91m shares. Not a single stock declined withinin the index: 21 of the 24 index components rose, with total upside volume of 303.91mshares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) +0.39 (2.8%) to $14.14 on volume of 14.08m shares;
      • Suntrust Banks (STI) +0.64 (2.8%) to $23.41 on volume of 3.68m shares;
      • Capital One Financial (COF) +1.49 (2.7%) to $56.36 on volume of 3.03m shares;
      • Regions Financial (RF) +0.16 (2.3%) to $7.07 on volume of 23.75m shares; and
      • Bank Of NY Mellon (BK) +0.47 (2.3%) to $20.94 on volume of 5.82m shares.

      The Semiconductor index (SOX) rose 8.41 points (2.29%) to 375.54 points. Total volume traded in the 18 components of the index was 164.9m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 15 to one, with 15 advancers to 1 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 164.13m to 0.78 m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Teradyne (TER) +1.4 (10.4%) to $14.85 on volume of 8.29m shares;
      • Marvell Technology (MRVL) +0.51 (4.7%) to $11.4 on volume of 14.56m shares;
      • Sandisk (SNDK) +1.775 (4.5%) to $41.505 on volume of 7.67m shares;
      • ST Microelectronic (STM) +0.19 (4%) to $4.99 on volume of 2.59m shares; and
      • Xilinx (XLNX) +0.915 (2.9%) to $32.245 on volume of 4.3m shares.

      The ChildKiller (“Defence”) index (DFX) rose 4.51 points (1.22%) to 373.24 points. Total volume traded in the 17 components of the index was 82.68m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 4.3 to one, with 13 advancers to 3 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 78.95m to 3.72m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • FLIRr Systems (FLIR) +1.505 (7.8%) to $20.775 on volume of 3.31m shares;
      • General Electric (GE) +0.56 (2.8%) to $20.56 on volume of 54.8m shares;
      • Embr aer Empresa (ERJ) +0.59 (2.4%) to $25.09 on volume of 1.4m shares;
      • ITT Corporation (ITT) +0.34 (1.9%) to $18.67 on volume of 1.12m shares; and
      • Rockwell Collins (COL) +0.85 (1.7%) to $49.61 on volume of 1.11m shares.

      USRant for Wednesday, July 25th 2012

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      The following economic data was released during the session:

      • Teranet/National Bank HPI m/m for June 2012 was released in Canada; the result was 1.2% advancing 0.1 from the prior reading of 1.1%
      • Teranet/National Bank HPI y/y for June 2012 was released in Canada; the result was 5.4% declining 0.4 compared to the last data point (5.8%)
      • Teranet/National Bank HP Index for June 2012 was released in Canada; the series posted a reading of 154.21 gaining 1.87 from the prior reading of 152.34
      • New Home Sales for June 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 350K dropping 32 compared to the last data point (382K) , which was lower than expectations of 372K.
      • DOE U.S. Distillate Inventory for July 20 2012 was released in the US; the result was 1708K dropping 911 compared to the last data point (2619K) – above the consensus estimate of 1400K.
      • DOE Cushing OK Crude Inve ntory for July 20 2012 was released in the US; the outcome was 203K rising 703 from the prior reading of -500K
      • DOE U.S. Crude Oil Inventories for July 20 2012 was released in the US; the result was 2717K an increase of 3526 from the prior reading of -809K – above the consensus estimate of -1000K.
      • MBA Mortgage Applications for July 20 2012 was released in the US; the outcome was 0.9% falling 16 compared to the last data point (16.9%)
      • New Home Sales m/m for June 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of -8.4% a decline of 15.1 compared to the last data point (6.7%) , which was lower than the consensus estimate of 0.7%.
      • DOE U.S. Gasoline Inventories for July 20 2012 was released in the US; the result was 4134K advancing 5949 from the prior reading of -1815K – above the consensus estimate of -1000K.

      Headline Indices

      The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 12,676.05 points, a change of +58.73 points (0.47%) for the session.

      The session high was 12,732.77 points, while the low was down at 12,617.62 points.

      Total volume traded in the 30 components of the index was 525.29m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 1.5 to one, with 17 advancers to 11 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 353.71m to 142.37m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Boeing (BA) +2 (2.8%) to $74.03 on volume of 5.61m shares;
      • Citigroup (C) +0.55 (2.2%) to $25.79 on volume of 31.6m shares;
      • AT&T (T) +0.7 (2%) to $35.33 on volume of 30.57m shares;
      • Caterpillar (CAT) +1.17 (1.4%) to $82.6 on volume of 19.74m shares; and
      • JPMorganChase (JPM) +0.44 (1.3%) to $35.17 on volume of 27.4m shares.

       

      The S&P500 Index fell 0.42 points (0.03%) to 1337.89 points..

      Total volume traded in the 500 components of the index was 2.48bn shares. Advancers outpaced decl iners by 1 to one, with 223 advancers to 216 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 1.24bn to 1.2bn shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • RadioShack Corp (RSH) -1.05 (28.8%) to $2.6 on volume of 14.54m shares;
      • International Game Technology (IGT) -2.93 (19.9%) to $11.76 on volume of 30.11m shares;
      • Supervalu Inc. (SVU) -0.32 (15.6%) to $1.73 on volume of 19.23m shares;
      • WellPoint Inc. (WLP) -7.41 (12.1%) to $54.01 on volume of 15.35m shares; and
      • Weatherford International Ltd. (WFT) -1.13 (8.8%) to $11.67 on volume of 31.29m shares.

      The Nasdaq Composite lost 8.75 points (0.31%) to 2854.24 points. while the Nasdaq100 fell 18.26 points (0.71%) to 2549.20 points..

      Total volume traded in the 100 components of the index was 643.53m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 1.3 to one, with 50 advancers to 40 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 381.65m to 261.88 m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • NII Holdings (NIHD) -0.77 (9.9%) to $7 on volume of 7.7m shares;
      • Level 3 Communications (LVLT) -1.98 (9.7%) to $18.44 on volume of 7.8m shares;
      • C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW) -4.02 (7.1%) to $52.23 on volume of 6.52m shares;
      • Leap Wireless International (LEAP) -0.305 (5.7%) to $5.05 on volume of 1.22m shares; and
      • Expedia (EXPE) -2.07 (4.5%) to $44.25 on volume of 5.03m shares.

      Volatility

      The CBOE Volatility Index declined 1.09 points (5.32%) to 19.38 points. and the CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index dipped 1.38 points (6.04%) to 21.45 points..

      Breadth and Internals

      A total of 3174 issues traded today on the NYSE; today’s total volume was 3.39bn shares. A total of 1650 stocks posted gains for the day, and volume in advancing issues totalled 1.63bn shares. Exerting downwards pressure on the index were 1428 losers, which accounted for a total declining volume of 1.7bn shares. 110 stocks made new 1-year highs on the NYSE, while 72 shares plumbed new 52-week depths.

      On the Nasdaq 2576 tickers traded today; total Nasdaq volume was 1.72bn shares. A total of 1426 stocks posted gains for the day, with aggregate volume of 0.94bn shares changing hands in the day’s winners. The red zone of the Nasdaq exchange comprised 1022 losers, and total declining volume was 0.75bn shares. 29 Nasdaq-listed stocks hit new 52-week highs, while 90 s hares dipped to new 1-year lows.

      Major Market Statistics
      Index Close Gain(Loss) %
      Dow Jones Industrial Average 0.00 N/A 0%
      S&P500 Index 1337.89 -0.42 -0.03%
      Nasdaq Composite 2854.24 -8.75 -0.31%
      Nasdaq100 2549.20 -18.26 -0.71%
      CBOE Volatility Index 19.38 -1.09 -5.32%
      CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index 21.45 -1.38 -6.04%

      Dow Darlings

      • Boeing (BA) +2 (2.8%) to $74.03 on volume of 5.6m units
      • AT&T (T) +0.7 (2%) to $35.33 on volume of 30.6m units
      • Caterpillar (CAT) +1.17 (1.4%) to $82.6 on volume of 19.8m units
      • JPMorganChase (JPM) +0.44 (1.3%) to $35.17 on volume of 27.4m units
      • United Technologies (UTX) +0.67 (0.9%) to $72.61 on volume of 3.4m units

      Dow Duds:

      • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -0.205 (1.1%) to $17.78 on volume of 14.7m units
      • Microsoft (MSFT) -0.32 (1.1%) to $28.83 on volume of 45.2m units
      • Chevron (CVX) -0.24 (0.2%) to $106.06 on volume of 4.6m units
      • Home Depot (HD) -0.1 (0.2%) to $51.07 on volume of 7.4m units
      • Pfizer (PFE) -0.045 (0.2%) to $23.33 on volume of 27.8m units

      Most Traded Dow stocks:

      • Bank Of America (BAC) +0.03 (0.4%) to $7.07 on volume of 113.8m units
      • Microsoft (MSFT)-0.32 (1.1%) to $28.83 on volume of 45.2m units
      • General Electric (GE) +0.03 (0.2%) to $20 on volume of 38.4m units
      • Intel (INTC) +0.125 (0.5%) to $25.13 on volume of 33.9m units
      • AT&T (T) +0.7 (2%) to $35.33 on volume of 30.6m units
      Precious Metals

      Precious metals futures performed as follows –

      Precious Metals Futures
      Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
      Gold 1612.7 31.9 2.02
      Silver 27.466 0.655 2.44
      Palladium 565.25 3.65 0.65
      Platinum 1399.4 12.8 0.92

      The Gold Bugs index (XAU) rose 3.97 points (2.77%) to 147.08 points. Total volume traded in the 16 components of the index was 75.67m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 15 to one, with 15 advancers to 1 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 54.06m to 21.6m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Silver Stand Resources (SSRI) +0.78 (6.7%) to $12.47 on volume of 1.5m shares;
      • Harmony Gold (HMY) +0.52 (5.8%) to $9.42 on volume of 1.36m shares;
      • RandGold Resources (GOLD) +3.96 (4.7%) to $87.69 on volume of 0.51m shares;
      • Silver Wheaton (SLW) +1.19 (4.7%) to $26.52 on volume of 4.05m shares; and
      • Kinroos Gold (KGC) +0.34 (4.4%) to $8.08 on volume of 10.8m shares.
      Energy Complex

      Energy futures performed as follows –

      Energy Futures
      Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
      Crude Oil 88.97 0.47 0.53
      Heating Oil 2.8467 0.0204 0.72
      Natural Gas 3.052 -0.125 -3.93
      Gasoline RBOB 2.7162 -0.0096 -0.35

      The Oil Services index (OSX) declined 1.04 points (0.49%) to 210.19 points. Total volume traded in the 15 components of the index was 73.95m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 1.4 to one, with 7 decliners to 5 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 61.52m to 12.43m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Weatherford International (WFT) -1.13 (8.8%) to $11.67 on volume of 31.29m shares;
      • Nabors Industries (NBR) -0.62 (4.4%) to $13.4 on volume of 11.6m shares;
      • Halliburton (HAL) -0.25 (0.8%) to $31.3 on volume of 9.22m shares;
      • National Oilwell Varco (NOV) -0.44 (0.6%) to $67.33 on volume of 2.87m shares; and
      • Oceaneering International (OII) -0.17 (0.3%) to $48.98 on volume of 0.93m shares.
      Currency Futures

      Currency futures performed as follows –

      Currency Futures
      Index Close Gain(Loss) %
      U.S. Dollar Index 83.69 -0.455 -0.54
      Euro FX 1.2167 0.0096 0.8

      Bellwethers

      The nine-stock group that makes up the Rant bellwethers advanced on average by 0.6%. The fallout occurred as follows:

      • General Electric (GE) +0.03 (0.15%) to $20.00 on volume of 38.35m units.
      • Citigroup (C) +0.55 (2.18%) to $25.79 on volume of 31.6m units.
      • Wal-Mart (WMT) -0.06 (0.08%) to $72.08 on volume of 6.92m units.
      • IBM (IBM) +0.74 (0.39%) to $191.08 on volume of 3.45m units.
      • Intel (INTC) +0.125 (0.5%) to $25.13 on volume of 33.87m units.
      • Cisco Systems (CSCO) +0.30 (1.98%) to $15.42 on volume of 60.72m units.
      • Google (GOOG) +0.42 (0.07%) to $607.99 on volume of 1.78m units.
      • Fannie Mae (FNM) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
      • Freddie Mac (FRE) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
      Other Indices of Interest…

      The Banks index (BKX) added 0.2 points (0.45%) to 44.66 points. Total volume traded in the 24 components of the index was 322.64m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 1.1 to one, with 11 decliners to 10 advancers; however advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 262.28m shares to 60.36m. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Regions Financial (RF) +0.26 (3.9%) to $6.91 on volume of 54.35m shares;
      • Citigroup Inc (C) +0.55 (2.2%) to $25.79 on volume of 31.6m shares;
      • JPMorganChase (JPM) +0.44 (1.3%) to $3517 on volume of 27.4m shares;
      • Bank Of NY Mellon (BK) +0.2 (1%) to $20.6 on volume of 5.6m shares; and
      • PNC Financial (PNC) +0.3 (0.5%) to $57.67 on volume of 3.57m shares.

      The Semiconductor index (SOX) rose 6.9 points (1.92%) to 367.13 points. Total volume traded in the 18 components of the index was 182.13m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 7 to one, with 14 advancers to 2 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 162.46m to 19.67m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Altera (ALTR) +3.74 (12.2%) to $34.41 on volume of 13.46m shares;
      • Broadcom (BRCM) +2.21 (7.2%) to $32.98 on volume of 17.7m shares;
      • ST Microelectronic (STM) +0.22 (4.8%) to $4.8 on volume of 1.35m shares;
      • Linear Technology (LLTC) +1 (3.3%) to $31.12 on volume of 5.12m shares; and
      • Marvell Technology (MRVL) +0.245 (2.3%) to $10.89 on volume of 6.4m shares.

      The ChildKiller (“Defence”) index (DFX) advanced 2.27 points (0.62%) to 368.73 points. Total volume traded in the 17 components of the index was 65.98m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 1.3 to one, with 9 advancers to 7 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 54.75m to 11.22m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Gencorp (GY) +0.26 (3.3%) to $8.11 on volume of 1.65m shares;
      • Rockwell Collins (COL) +1.53 (3.2%) to $48.76 on volume of 1.37m shares;
      • Boeing (BA) +2 (2.8%) to $74.03 on volume of 5.61m shares;
      • Alliant Tech (ATK) +1.03 (2.3%) to $45.03 on volume of 0.21m shares; and
      • L-3 Holdings (LLL) +1.35 (2%) to $69.62 on volume of 1.41m shares.

      USRant for Tuesday, July 24th 2012

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      The following economic data was released during the session:

      • Retail Sales Less Autos m/m for May 2012 was released in Canada; the series posted a reading of 0.5% rising 0.9 from the prior reading of -0.4% – above the market’s pre-release guess of 0.1%.
      • Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index for July 2012 was released in the US; the result was -17 a decline of 16 compared to the last data point (-1) , which was lower than expectations of -1.
      • Markit US PMI Preliminary for July 2012 was released in the US; the result was 51.8 a decline of 0.7 compared to the last data point (52.5) , which was lower than expectations of 52.0.
      • House Price Index m/m for May 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 0.8% adding 0.1 from the prior reading of 0.7% – above the market’s pre-release guess of 0.4%.

      Headline Indices

      The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 12,617.32 p oints, a change of -104.14 points (-0.82%) for the session.

      The session high was 12,730.09 points, while the low was down at 12,521.84 points.

      Total volume traded in the 30 components of the index was 563.99m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 6.5 to one, with 26 decliners to 4 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 517.9m to 46.09m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • AT&T (T) -0.75 (2.1%) to $34.63 on volume of 38.2m shares;
      • Du Pont (DD) -0.97 (2%) to $47.74 on volume of 6m shares;
      • United Technologies (UTX) -1.34 (1.8%) to $71.94 on volume of 3m shares;
      • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -0.315 (1.7%) to $17.985 on volume of 17.43m shares; and
      • Chevron (CVX) -1.65 (1.5%) to $106.3 on volume of 5.55m shares.

       

      The S&P500 Index fell 12.21 points (0.9%) to 1338.31 points..

      Total volume traded in the 500 components of the index was 2.43bn shares. Decliners outpac ed gainers by 6.3 to one, with 382 decliners to 61 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 2bn to 418.36m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Lexmark Int’l Inc (LXK) -2.45 (12.7%) to $16.77 on volume of 11.9m shares;
      • Peabody Energy (BTU) -2.61 (11.3%) to $20.55 on volume of 20.83m shares;
      • Whirlpool Corp. (WHR) -5.06 (7.5%) to $62.25 on volume of 4.05m shares;
      • Supervalu Inc. (SVU) -0.16 (7.2%) to $2.05 on volume of 5.23m shares; and
      • Cisco Systems (CSCO) -0.95 (5.9%) to $15.12 on volume of 100.22m shares.

      The Nasdaq Composite dropped 27.16 points (0.94%) to 2862.99 points. while the Nasdaq100 slid 22.47 points (0.87%) to 2567.46 points..

      Total volume traded in the 100 components of the index was 601.79m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 6.5 to one, with 78 decliners to 12 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 515.84m to 85.95m shares . The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Cisco Systems (CSCO) -0.95 (5.9%) to $15.12 on volume of 100.22m shares;
      • Apollo Group (APOL) -1.11 (3.8%) to $27.81 on volume of 6.61m shares;
      • Foster Wheeler (FWLT) -0.65 (3.8%) to $16.46 on volume of 0.97m shares;
      • Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) -2.61 (3.7%) to $68.1 on volume of 1.36m shares; and
      • NII Holdings (NIHD) -0.27 (3.4%) to $7.77 on volume of 4.17m shares.

      Volatility

      The CBOE Volatility Index added +1.84 points (9.88%) to 20.46 points. and the CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index rose +2.15 points (10.43%) to 22.76 points..

      Breadth and Internals

      A total of 3184 issues traded today on the NYSE; today’s total volume was 3.49bn shares. A total of 792 stocks posted gains for the day, and volume in advancing issues totalled 0.74bn shares. Exerting downwards pressure on the index were 2292 losers, which accounted for a total declining volume of 2.71bn shares. 109 stocks made new 1-year highs on the NYSE, while 96 shares plumbed new 52-week depths.

      On the Nasdaq 2585 tickers traded today; total Nasdaq volume was 1.69bn shares. A total of 676 stocks posted gains for the day, with aggregate volume of 0.39bn shares changing hands in the day’s winners. The red zone of the Nasdaq exchange comprised 1792 losers, and total declining volume was 1.29bn shares. 16 Nasdaq-listed stocks hit new 52-week highs, while 112 sha res dipped to new 1-year lows.

      Major Market Statistics
      Index Close Gain(Loss) %
      Dow Jones Industrial Average 0.00 N/A 0%
      S&P500 Index 1338.31 -12.21 -0.9%
      Nasdaq Composite 2862.99 -27.16 -0.94%
      Nasdaq100 2567.46 -22.47 -0.87%
      CBOE Volatility Index 20.46 +1.84 9.88%
      CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index 22.76 +2.15 10.43%

      Dow Darlings

      • JPMorganChase (JPM) +0.29 (0.8%) to $34.73 on volume of 25.3m units
      • Home Depot (HD) +0.21 (0.4%) to $51.17 on volume of 7.2m units
      • Wal-Mart (WMT) +0.29 (0.4%) to $72.14 on volume of 6.6m units
      • Disney Corp (DIS) +0.18 (0.4%) to $48.16 on volume of 7m units

      Dow Duds:

      • AT&T (T) -0.75 (2.1%) to $34.63 on volume of 38.2m units
      • Du Pont (DD) -0.97 (2%) to $47.74 on volume of 6m units
      • United Technologies (UTX) -1.34 (1.8%) to $71.94 on volume of 3m units
      • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -0.315 (1.7%) to $17.99 on volume of 17.4m units
      • Chevron (CVX) -1.65 (1.5%) to $106.3 on volume of 5.6m units

      Most Traded Dow stocks:

      • Bank Of America (BAC)-0.05 (0.7%) to $7.04 on volume of 127.5m units
      • Microsoft (MSFT)-0.13 (0.4%) to $29.15 on volume of 46.9m units
      • General Electric (GE)-0.12 (0.6%) to $19.97 on volume of 46.6m units
      • AT&T (T)-0.75 (2.1%) to $34.63 on volume of 38.2m units
      • Intel (INTC)-0.255 (1%) to $25.01 on volume of 33m units
      Precious Metals

      Precious metals futures performed as follows –

      Precious Metals Futures
      Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
      Gold 1580.8 -1.2 -0.08
      Silver 26.811 -0.231 -0.85
      Palladium 561.6 -9.35 -1.64
      Platinum 1386.6 -12.3 -0.88

      The Gold Bugs index (XAU) dropped 0.43 points (0.3%) to 143.11 points. Total volume traded in the 16 components of the index was 57.12m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 1.5 to one, with 9 decliners to 6 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 43.25m to 12.87m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Freeport McMoran (FCX) -0.94 (2.9%) to $31.68 on volume of 15.7m shares;
      • Kinroos Gold (KGC) -0.14 (1.8%) to $7.74 on volume of 7.45m shares;
      • Barrick Gold (ABX) -0.5 (1.5%) to $33.11 on volume of 8.57m shares;
      • Silver Wheaton (SLW) -0.17 (0.7%) to $25.33 on volume of 2.5m shares; and
      • Yamana Gold (AUY) -0.07 (0.5%) to $14 on volume of 2.97m shares.
      Energy Complex

      Energy futures performed as follows –

      Energy Futures
      Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
      Crude Oil 88.5 0.36 0.41
      Heating Oil 2.8263 0.0057 0.2
      Natural Gas 3.177 0.066 2.12
      Gasoline RBOB 2.7258 -0.038 -1.37

      The Oil Services index (OSX) dipped 3.47 points (1.62%) to 211.23 points. Total volume traded in the 15 components of the index was 56.48m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 11 to one, with 11 decliners to 1 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 40.77m to 15.71m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Noble Corp (NE) -0.99 (2.8%) to $34.91 on volume of 3.31m shares;
      • Rowan Co (RDC) -0.85 (2.5%) to $33.71 on volume of 1.19m shares;
      • Baker Hughes (BHI) -1.09 (2.4%) to $45.14 on volume of 4.97m shares;
      • Cameron International (CAM) -1.06 (2.3%) to $44.35 on volume of 2.62m shares; and
      • Schlumberger (SLB) -1.61 (2.3%) to $67.94 on volume of 6.81m shares.
      Currency Futures

      Currency futures performed as follows –

      Currency Futures
      Index Close Gain(Loss) %
      U.S. Dollar Index 84.095 0.28 0.33
      Euro FX 1.2071 -0.0064 -0.53

      Bellwethers

      The nine-stock group that makes up the Rant bellwethers declined on average by 1%. The fallout occurred as follows:

      • General Electric (GE) -0.12 (0.6%) to $19.97 on volume of 46.56m units.
      • Citigroup (C) -0.1 (0.39%) to $25.24 on volume of 30.18m units.
      • Wal-Mart (WMT) +0.29 (0.4%) to $72.14 on volume of 6.59m units.
      • IBM (IBM) -0.49 (0.26%) to $190.34 on volume of 3.03m units.
      • Intel (INTC) -0.255 (1.01%) to $25.005 on volume of 33m units.
      • Cisco Systems (CSCO) -0.95 (5.91%) to $15.12 on volume of 100.22m units.
      • Google (GOOG) -7.94 (1.29%) to $607.57 on volume of 1.96m units.
      • Fannie Mae (FNM) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
      • Freddie Mac (FRE) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
      Other Indices of Interest…

      The Banks index (BKX) rose 0.01 points (0.0 2%) to 44.46 points. Total volume traded in the 24 components of the index was 359.18m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 1.3 to one, with 12 decliners to 9 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 213.4m to 145.78m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Regions Financial (RF) +0.26 (4.1%) to $6.65 on volume of 52.77m shares;
      • Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) +0.095 (1.5%) to $6.295 on volume of 18.52m shares;
      • Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) +0.18 (1.3%) to $13.69 on volume of 13.18m shares;
      • People’s United (PBCT) +0.14 (1.2%) to $11.51 on volume of 4.56m shares; and
      • Keycorp (KEY) +0.075 (1%) to $7.845 on volume of 18.64m shares.

      The Semiconductor index (SOX) fell 1.43 points (0.4%) to 360.23 points. Total volume traded in the 18 components of the index was 166.31m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 7 to one, with 14 decliners to 2 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancin g volume by 117.5m to 48.8m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • National Semiconductor (NSM) -1.17 (4.8%) to $22.99 on volume of 1.5m shares;
      • ST Microelectronic (STM) -0.18 (3.8%) to $4.58 on volume of 2.83m shares;
      • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) -0.09 (2.2%) to $4.06 on volume of 19.86m shares;
      • Altera (ALTR) -0.45 (1.4%) to $30.67 on volume of 3.5m shares; and
      • Linear Technology (LLTC) -0.44 (1.4%) to $30.12 on volume of 3.2m shares.

      The ChildKiller (“Defence”) index (DFX) dropped 2.99 points (0.81%) to 366.46 points. Total volume traded in the 17 components of the index was 71.12m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 4.3 to one, with 13 decliners to 3 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 65.42m to 5.69m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Rockwell Collins (COL) -1.95 (4%) to $47.23 on volume of 3.8m shares;
      • Alliant Tech (ATK) -1.31 (2.9%) to $44 on volume of 0.53m shares;
      • Esterline Tech (ESL) -1.42 (2.4%) to $57.17 on volume of 0.11m shares;
      • Embraer Empresa (ERJ) -0.49 (1.9%) to $24.85 on volume of 1.29m shares; and
      • United Technologies (UTX) -1.34 (1.8%) to $71.94 on volume of 3m shares.

      USRant for Monday, July 23rd 2012

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      The following economic data was released during the session:

      • Chicago Fed Nat Activity Index for June 2012 was released in the US; the outcome was -0.15 a gain of 0.33 from the prior reading of -0.48

      Headline Indices

      The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 12,721.46 points, a change of -101.11 points (-0.79%) for the session.

      The session high was 12,820.45 points, while the low was down at 12,583.41 points.

      Total volume traded in the 30 components of the index was 609.27m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 4 to one, with 24 decliners to 6 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 313.36m to 295.91m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • McDonalds (MCD) -2.64 (2.9%) to $88.94 on volume of 11.95m shares;
      • Microsoft (MSFT) -0.835 (2.8%) to $29.28 on volume of 54.73m shares;
      • Citigroup (C) -0.53 (2%) to $25.34 on volume of 38.85m shares;
      • < li>Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -0.305 (1.6%) to $18.3 on volume of 15.37m shares; and

      • Alcoa (AA) -0.12 (1.5%) to $8.14 on volume of 18.22m shares.

       

      The S&P500 Index fell 12.14 points (0.89%) to 1350.52 points..

      Total volume traded in the 500 components of the index was 2.28bn shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 7.6 to one, with 393 decliners to 52 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 1.69bn to 578.4m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • JDS Uniphase Corp. (JDSU) -0.525 (5.6%) to $8.78 on volume of 6.77m shares;
      • MGIC Investment (MTG) -0.13 (5.5%) to $2.25 on volume of 2.21m shares;
      • Unisys Corp. (UIS) -0.84 (4.9%) to $16.46 on volume of 0.43m shares;
      • AK Steel Holding Corp. (AKS) -0.24 (4.6%) to $5 on volume of 6.15m shares; and
      • Harman Int’l Industries (HAR) -1.74 (4.4%) to $37.71 on volume of 0.6m shares.

      The Nasdaq Composite dropped 35.15 points (1.2%) to 2890.15 points. while the Nasdaq100 slid 28.11 points (1.07%) to 2589.93 points..

      Total volume traded in the 100 components of the index was 537.23m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 7.2 to one, with 79 decliners to 11 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 457.84m to 79.39m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • NII Holdings (NIHD) -0.36 (4.3%) to $8.04 on volume of 2.84m shares;
      • Leap Wireless International (LEAP) -0.24 (4.3%) to $5.38 on volume of 1.35m shares;
      • Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) -21.03 (4.2%) to $477.47 on volume of 0.94m shares;
      • Akamai Technologies (AKAM) -1.25 (4.2%) to $28.66 on volume of 4.49m shares; and
      • Citrix Systems (CTXS) -2.98 (3.7%) to $77.77 on volume of 2.67m shares.

      Volatility

      The CBOE Volatility Index gained +2.33 points (14.32%) to 18.60 points. and the CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index advanced +2.44 points (13.41%) to 20.64 points..

      Breadth and Internals

      A total of 3193 issues traded today on the NYSE; today’s total volume was 3.33bn shares. A total of 715 stocks posted gains for the day, and volume in advancing issues totalled 1.1bn shares. Exerting downwards pressure on the index were 2390 losers, which accounted for a total declining volume of 2.21bn shares. 104 stocks made new 1-year highs on the NYSE, while 90 shares plumbed new 52-week depths.

      On the Nasdaq 2592 tickers traded today; total Nasdaq volume was 1.54bn shares. A total of 516 stocks posted gains for the day, with aggregate volume of 0.29bn shares changing hands in the day’s winners. The red zone of the Nasdaq exchange comprised 1973 losers, and total declining volume was 1.24bn shares. 16 Nasdaq-listed stocks hit new 52-week highs, while 10 7 shares dipped to new 1-year lows.

      Major Market Statistics
      Index Close Gain(Loss) %
      Dow Jones Industrial Average 0.00 N/A 0%
      S&P500 Index 1350.52 -12.14 -0.89%
      Nasdaq Composite 2890.15 -35.15 -1.2%
      Nasdaq100 2589.93 -28.11 -1.07%
      CBOE Volatility Index 18.60 +2.33 14.32%
      CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index 20.64 +2.44 13.41%

      Dow Darlings

      • JPMorganChase (JPM) +0.54 (1.6%) to $34.44 on volume of 37.1m units
      • General Electric (GE) +0.22 (1.1%) to $20.09 on volume of 55.1m units
      • Caterpillar (CAT) +0.63 (0.8%) to $81.58 on volume of 7m units
      • Home Depot (HD) +0.26 (0.5%) to $50.96 on volume of 9.6m units
      • Bank Of America (BAC) +0.02 (0.3%) to $7.09 on volume of 162.5m units

      Dow Duds:

      • McDonalds (MCD) -2.64 (2.9%) to $88.94 on volume of 12m units
      • Microsoft (MSFT) -0.835 (2.8%) to $29.28 on volume of 54.7m units
      • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -0.305 (1.6%) to $18.3 on volume of 15.4m units
      • Alcoa (AA) -0.12 (1.5%) to $8.14 on volume of 18.2m units
      • Boeing (BA) -0.98 (1.3%) to $72.91 on volume of 3m units

      Most Traded Dow stocks:

      • Bank Of America (BAC) +0.02 (0.3%) to $7.09 on volume of 162.5m units
      • General Electric (GE) +0.22 (1.1%) to $20.09 on volume of 55.1m units
      • Microsoft (MSFT)-0.835 (2.8%) to $29.28 on volume of 54.7m units
      • JPMorganChase (JPM) +0.54 (1.6%) to $34.44 on volume of 37.1m units
      • Intel (INTC)-0.26 (1%) to $25.26 on volume of 33.3m units
      Precious Metals

      Precious metals futures performed as follows –

      Precious Metals Futures
      Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
      Gold 1577.4 -5.4 -0.34
      Silver 27.042 -0.26 -0.95
      Palladium 570.95 -5.15 -0.89
      Platinum 1398.9 -15.6 -1.1

      The Gold Bugs index (XAU) dropped 4.04 points (2.74%) to 143.54 points. Total volume traded in the 16 components of the index was 56.28m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 15 to one, with 15 decliners to 1 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 54.12m to 2.16m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Pan-American Silver (PAAS) -0.54 (3.8%) to $13.67 on volume of 1.14m shares;
      • Silver Wheaton (SLW) -0.97 (3.7%) to $25.5 on volume of 3.48m shares;
      • Freeport McMoran (FCX) -1.15 (3.4%) to $32.62 on volume of 17.72m shares;
      • Coeur d’Alene (CDE) -0.52 (3.2%) to $15.51 on volume of 0.88m shares; and
      • Barrick Gold (ABX) -0.96 (2.8%) to $33.61 on volume of 6.56m shares.
      Energy Complex

      Energy futures performed as follows –

      Energy Futures
      Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
      Crude Oil 88.14 -3.69 -4.02
      Heating Oil 2.8206 -0.1032 -3.53
      Natural Gas 3.111 0.035 1.14
      Gasoline RBOB 2.7638 -0.0807 -2.84

      The Oil Services index (OSX) fell 1.73 points (0.8%) to 214.7 points. Total volume traded in the 15 components of the index was 68.21m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 3 to one, with 9 decliners to 3 advancers; however advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 40.68m shares to 27.53m. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Transocean Inc (RIG) -1.54 (3.2%) to $46.27 on volume of 2.85m shares;
      • Noble Corp (NE) -1.06 (2.9%) to $35.9 on volume of 3.37m shares;
      • Rowan Co (RDC) -0.62 (1.8%) to $34.56 on volume of 1.38m shares;
      • Oceaneering International (OII) -0.5 (1%) to $49.94 on volume of 0.56m shares; and
      • Nabors Industries (NBR) -0.14 (1%) to $14.15 on volume of 4.34m shares.
      Currency Futures

      Currency futures performed as follows –

      Currency Futures
      Index Close Gain(Loss) %
      U.S. Dollar Index 83.77 0.197 0.24
      Euro FX 1.2135 -0.0033 -0.27

      Bellwethers

      The nine-stock group that makes up the Rant bellwethers declined on average by 0.5%. The fallout occurred as follows:

      • General Electric (GE) +0.22 (1.11%) to $20.09 on volume of 55.13m units.
      • Citigroup (C) -0.53 (2.05%) to $25.34 on volume of 38.85m units.
      • Wal-Mart (WMT) -0.4 (0.55%) to $71.85 on volume of 5.98m units.
      • IBM (IBM) -1.62 (0.84%) to $190.83 on volume of 3.54m units.
      • Intel (INTC) -0.26 (1.02%) to $25.26 on volume of 33.26m units.
      • Cisco Systems (CSCO) -0.29 (1.77%) to $16.07 on volume of 39.34m units.
      • Google (GOOG) +4.69 (0.77%) to $615.51 on volume of 3.53m units.
      • Fannie Mae (FNM) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
      • Freddie Mac (FRE) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
      Other Indices of Interest…

      The Banks index (BKX) slid 0.42 points (0.94%) to 44.45 points. Total volume traded in the 24 components of the index was 374.84m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 9.5 to one, with 19 decliners to 2 advancers; however advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 199.58m shares to 175.27m. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • PNC Financial (PNC) -1.53 (2.6%) to $57.61 on volume of 5.9m shares;
      • Suntrust Banks (STI) -0.58 (2.5%) to $22.94 on volume of 6.03m shares;
      • Citigroup Inc (C) -0.53 (2%) to $25.34 on volume of 38.85m shares;
      • Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) -0.125 (2%) to $6.2 on volume of 15.11m shares; and
      • Comerica Inc (CMA) -0.55 (1.8%) to $30.11 on volume of 1.9m shares.

      The Semiconductor index (SOX) declined 3.35 points (0.92%) to 361.66 points. Total volume traded in the 18 components of the index was 184.33m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 4.3 to one, with 13 decliners to 3 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing v olume by 149.97m to 34.36m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Micron Technology (MU) -0.205 (3.5%) to $5.62 on volume of 42.1m shares;
      • Broadcom (BRCM) -0.64 (2%) to $30.98 on volume of 7.37m shares;
      • KLA-Tencor Cp (KLAC) -0.99 (2%) to $48.23 on volume of 2.2m shares;
      • Teradyne (TER) -0.26 (1.9%) to $13.38 on volume of 2m shares; and
      • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) -0.07 (1.7%) to $4.15 on volume of 21.48m shares.

      The ChildKiller (“Defence”) index (DFX) dipped 0.9 points (0.24%) to 369.45 points. Total volume traded in the 17 components of the index was 75.07m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 4.3 to one, with 13 decliners to 3 advancers; however advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 58.97m shares to 16.1m. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • L-3 Holdings (LLL) -2.01 (2.8%) to $68.63 on volume of 1.05m shares;
      • General Dynamics (GD) -1.05 (1.6%) to $63.92 on vol ume of 1.59m shares;
      • Esterline Tech (ESL) -0.96 (1.6%) to $58.59 on volume of 0.07m shares;
      • Northrop Grummanl (NOC) -1 (1.5%) to $63.76 on volume of 1.62m shares; and
      • Boeing (BA) -0.98 (1.3%) to $72.91 on volume of 3m shares.

      USRant for Friday, July 20th 2012

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      The following economic data was released during the session:

      • Bank Canada Consumer Price Index Core y/y for June 2012 was released in Canada; the outcome was 2.0% adding 0.2 from the prior reading of 1.8% , which was lower than the market’s pre-release guess of 2.3%.
      • Bank Canada Consumer Price Index Core m/m for June 2012 was released in Canada; the series posted a reading of -0.4% sliding 0.6 compared to the last data point (0.2%) , which was lower than the market’s pre-release guess of -0.1%.
      • Consumer Price Index for June 2012 was released in Canada; the result was 121.6 losing 0.5 compared to the last data point (122.1)
      • Consumer Price Index m/m for June 2012 was released in Canada; the series posted a reading of -0.4% declining 0.3 compared to the last data point (-0.1%) , which was lower than the consensus estimate of -0.2%.
      • Consumer Price Index s.a. m/m for June 2012 was released in Canada; the series posted a reading of -0.2% adding 0.1 from the prior reading of -0.3% , which was lower than expectations of 0.0%.
      • Core CPI s.a. m/m for June 2012 was released in Canada; the outcome was 0.1% advancing 0.2 from the prior reading of -0.1% , which was lower than the market’s pre-release guess of 0.2%.

      Headline Indices

      The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 12,822.57 points, a change of -120.79 points (-0.93%) for the session.

      The session high was 12,942.83 points, while the low was down at 12,810.35 points.

      Total volume traded in the 30 components of the index was 662.52m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 9 to one, with 27 decliners to 3 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 532.13m to 130.39m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • General Motors (GM) -0.78 (3.9%) to $19.36 on volume of 8.17m shares;
      • Citigroup (C) -0.72 (2.7%) to $25. 87 on volume of 28.3m shares;
      • Bank Of America (BAC) -0.19 (2.6%) to $7.07 on volume of 153.53m shares;
      • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -0.49 (2.6%) to $18.605 on volume of 12.91m shares; and
      • AIG (AIG) -0.73 (2.3%) to $31.03 on volume of 5m shares.

       

      The S&P500 Index dipped 13.85 points (1.01%) to 1362.66 points..

      Total volume traded in the 500 components of the index was 2.62bn shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 4.3 to one, with 359 decliners to 84 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 2.07bn to 543.47m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) -0.64 (13.2%) to $4.22 on volume of 51.7m shares;
      • Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG) -45.71 (8.4%) to $498.5 on volume of 1.52m shares;
      • Xerox Corp. (XRX) -0.49 (6.8%) to $6.7 on volume of 23.8m shares;
      • Chesapeake Energy (CHK) -1.08 (5.9%) to $17.2 on volume of 51.22m shares; and
      • E*T rade Financial Corp. (ETFC) -0.43 (5.5%) to $7.39 on volume of 15.8m shares.

      The Nasdaq Composite declined 40.6 points (1.37%) to 2925.30 points. while the Nasdaq100 lost 37.77 points (1.42%) to 2618.04 points..

      Total volume traded in the 100 components of the index was 583.02m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 8.9 to one, with 80 decliners to 9 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 494.11m to 85.74m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) -45.71 (8.4%) to $498.5 on volume of 1.52m shares;
      • Sears Holdings (SHLD) -2.8 (5.2%) to $51.26 on volume of 0.66m shares;
      • Logitech International (LOGI) -0.47 (4.8%) to $9.32 on volume of 0.59m shares;
      • C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW) -2.57 (4.3%) to $56.96 on volume of 2.03m shares; and
      • Monster Worldwide (MNST) -2.86 (4.2%) to $64.97 on volume of 5.59m shares.

      Volatility

      The CBOE Volatility Index gained +0.77 points (4.98%) to 16.22 points. and the CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index added +0.80 points (4.57%) to 18.29 points..

      Breadth and Internals

      A total of 3193 issues traded today on the NYSE; today’s total volume was 3.49bn shares. A total of 1010 stocks posted gains for the day, and volume in advancing issues totalled 0.83bn shares. Exerting downwards pressure on the index were 2065 losers, which accounted for a total declining volume of 2.62bn shares. 123 stocks made new 1-year highs on the NYSE, while 37 shares plumbed new 52-week depths.

      On the Nasdaq 2571 tickers traded today; total Nasdaq volume was 1.71bn shares. A total of 638 stocks posted gains for the day, with aggregate volume of 0.39bn shares changing hands in the day’s winners. The red zone of the Nasdaq exchange comprised 1830 losers, and total declining volume was 1.29bn shares. 45 Nasdaq-listed stocks hit new 52-week highs, while 50 sh ares dipped to new 1-year lows.

      Major Market Statistics
      Index Close Gain(Loss) %
      Dow Jones Industrial Average 0.00 N/A 0%
      S&P500 Index 1362.66 -13.85 -1.01%
      Nasdaq Composite 2925.30 -40.60 -1.37%
      Nasdaq100 2618.04 -37.77 -1.42%
      CBOE Volatility Index 16.22 +0.77 4.98%
      CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index 18.29 +0.80 4.57%

      Dow Darlings

      • Wal-Mart (WMT) +0.72 (1%) to $72.25 on volume of 10.2m units
      • General Electric (GE) +0.07 (0.4%) to $19.87 on volume of 111.5m units
      • Chevron (CVX) +0.35 (0.3%) to $109.19 on volume of 8.7m units

      Dow Duds:

      • Bank Of America (BAC) -0.19 (2.6%) to $7.07 on volume of 153.5m units
      • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -0.49 (2.6%) to $18.61 on volume of 12.9m units
      • United Technologies (UTX) -1.59 (2.1%) to $74.23 on volume of 3.8m units
      • Intel (INTC) -0.54 (2.1%) to $25.52 on volume of 40.8m units
      • Caterpillar (CAT) -1.68 (2%) to $80.95 on volume of 5.2m units

      Most Traded Dow stocks:

      • Bank Of America (BAC)-0.19 (2.6%) to $7.07 on volume of 153.5m units
      • General Electric (GE) +0.07 (0.4%) to $19.87 on volume of 111.5m units
      • Microsoft (MSFT)-0.55 (1.8%) to $30.12 on volume of 61.3m units
      • Intel (INTC)-0.54 (2.1%) to $25.52 on volume of 40.8m units
      • Pfizer (PFE)-0.095 (0.4%) to $23.7 on volume of 31.9m units
      Precious Metals

      Precious metals futures performed as follows –

      Precious Metals Futures
      Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
      Gold 1582.8 2.4 0.15
      Silver 27.302 0.085 0.31
      Palladium 576.1 -8.75 -1.5
      Platinum 1414.5 -8.6 -0.6

      The Gold Bugs index (XAU) lost 0.44 points (0.3%) to 147.58 points. Total volume traded in the 16 components of the index was 57.45m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 2 to one, with 10 advancers to 5 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 28.95m to 24.86m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Freeport McMoran (FCX) -0.65 (1.9%) to $33.77 on volume of 16.96m shares;
      • RandGold Resources (GOLD) -1.63 (1.9%) to $86.19 on volume of 0.48m shares;
      • Barrick Gold (ABX) -0.2 (0.6%) to $34.57 on volume of 5.9m shares;
      • Silver Stand Resources (SSRI) -0.05 (0.4%) to $11.73 on volume of 0.52m shares; and
      • Pan-American Silver (PAAS) -0.06 (0.4%) to $14.21 on volume of 0.99m shares.
      Energy Complex

      Energy futures performed as follows –

      Energy Futures
      Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
      Crude Oil 91.83 -1.14 -1.23
      Heating Oil 2.9238 -0.023 -0.78
      Natural Gas 3.076 0.095 3.19
      Gasoline RBOB 2.8445 0.0031 0.11

      The Oil Services index (OSX) advanced 2.84 points (1.33%) to 216.43 points. Total volume traded in the 15 components of the index was 97.86m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 3 to one, with 9 advancers to 3 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 88.06m to 9.8m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Baker Hughes (BHI) +3.84 (9.2%) to $45.59 on volume of 19.57m shares;
      • Weatherford International (WFT) +0.51 (4%) to $13.2 on volume of 14.76m shares;
      • Noble Corp (NE) +1.39 (3.9%) to $36.96 on volume of 6.22m shares;
      • Halliburton (HAL) +0.56 (1.9%) to $30.77 on volume of 28.42m shares; and
      • Schlumberger (SLB) +0.69 (1%) to $69.33 on volume of 11.26m shares.
      Currency Futures

      Currency futures performed as follows –

      Currency Futures
      Index Close Gain(Loss) %
      U.S. Dollar Index 83.605 0.625 0.75
      Euro FX 1.2168 -0.0119 -0.97

      Bellwethers

      The nine-stock group that makes up the Rant bellwethers declined on average by 0.4%. The fallout occurred as follows:

      • General Electric (GE) +0.07 (0.35%) to $19.87 on volume of 111.53m units.
      • Citigroup (C) -0.72 (2.71%) to $25.87 on volume of 28.39m units.
      • Wal-Mart (WMT) +0.72 (1.01%) to $72.25 on volume of 10.18m units.
      • IBM (IBM) -2.89 (1.48%) to $192.45 on volume of 4.32m units
      • Intel (INTC) -0.54 (2.07%) to $25.52 on volume of 40.79m units.
      • Cisco Systems (CSCO) -0.315 (1.89%) to $16.36 on volume of 34.42m units.
      • Google (GOOG) +17.76 (2.99%) to $610.82 on volume of 6.35m units.
      • Fannie Mae (FNM) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
      • Freddie Mac (FRE) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
      Other Indices of Interest…

      The Banks index (BKX) slid 0.88 po ints (1.92%) to 44.87 points. Total volume traded in the 24 components of the index was 359.52m shares. None of the 24 index components rose today: 21 stocks within the index fell, with downside volume of 359.52m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • People’s United (PBCT) -0.465 (3.9%) to $11.51 on volume of 10.89m shares;
      • Regions Financial (RF) -0.24 (3.6%) to $6.41 on volume of 22.7m shares;
      • PNC Financial (PNC) -2.175 (3.5%) to $59.14 on volume of 4.88m shares;
      • State Street (STT) -1.46 (3.5%) to $40.08 on volume of 4.37m shares; and
      • Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) -0.22 (3.4%) to $6.325 on volume of 13.66m shares.

      The Semiconductor index (SOX) fell 6.33 points (1.7%) to 365.01 points. Total volume traded in the 18 components of the index was 238.26m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 4.3 to one, with 13 decliners to 3 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 170.03m to 68.23 m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) -0.64 (13.2%) to $4.22 on volume of 51.7m shares;
      • ST Microelectronic (STM) -0.26 (5.1%) to $4.82 on volume of 1.3m shares;
      • Texas Instruments (TXN) -0.79 (2.8%) to $27.25 on volume of 9.08m shares;
      • Broadcom (BRCM) -0.83 (2.6%) to $31.62 on volume of 9.36m shares; and
      • Marvell Technology (MRVL) -0.28 (2.5%) to $10.855 on volume of 8.67m shares.

      The ChildKiller (“Defence”) index (DFX) slid 3.41 points (0.91%) to 370.35 points. Total volume traded in the 17 components of the index was 132.63m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 4.3 to one, with 13 decliners to 3 advancers; however advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 113.34m shares to 19.29m. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Rockwell Collins (COL) -1.35 (2.7%) to $49.28 on volume of 1.1m shares;
      • United Technologies (UTX) -1.59 (2.1%) to $74.2 3 on volume of 3.84m shares;
      • FLIRr Systems (FLIR) -0.34 (1.7%) to $19.13 on volume of 1.36m shares;
      • General Dynamics (GD) -1.02 (1.5%) to $64.97 on volume of 4.36m shares; and
      • Raytheon (RTN) -0.75 (1.3%) to $56.11 on volume of 1.48m shares.

      USRant for Thursday, July 19th 2012

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      The following economic data was released during the session:

      • Wholesale Sales m/m for May 2012 was released in Canada; the series posted a reading of 0.9% a decline of 0.3 compared to the last data point (1.2%) – above the consensus estimate of 0.2%.
      • Existing Home Sales for June 2012 was released in the US; the result was 4.37M a decline of 0.25 compared to the last data point (4.62M) , which was lower than the consensus estimate of 4.62M.
      • Existing Home Sales m/m for June 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of -5.4% a drop of 5.4 compared to the last data point (0.0%) , which was lower than the consensus estimate of 1.5%.
      • Philadelphia Fed. for July 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of -12.9 advancing 3.7 from the prior reading of -16.6 , which was lower than the consensus estimate of -8.0.
      • Continuing Claims for July 7 2012 was released in the U S; the result was 3314K adding 1 from the prior reading of 3313K – above the consensus estimate of 3300K.
      • Initial Jobless Claims for July 14 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 386K gaining 34 from the prior reading of 352K – above expectations of 365K.
      • Leading Indicators for June 2012 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of -0.3% a drop of 0.7 compared to the last data point (0.4%) , which was lower than the consensus estimate of -0.1%.
      • EIA Natural Gas Storage Change for July 13 2012 was released in the US; the result was 28 sliding 5 compared to the last data point (33) , which was lower than expectations of 34.

      Headline Indices

      The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 12,943.36 points, a change of +34.66 points (0.27%) for the session.

      The session high was 12,977.57 points, while the low was down at 12,889.93 points.

      Total volume traded in the 30 components of the index was 708.51m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 1.2 to one, with 15 advancers to 13 decliners; however declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 508.14m to 173.18m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • IBM (IBM) +7.09 (3.8%) to $195.34 on volume of 10.09m shares;
      • Boeing (BA) +0.97 (1.3%) to $74.86 on volume of 4.32m shares;
      • United Technologies (UTX) +0.97 (1.3%) to $75.82 on volume of 3.1m shares;
      • Chevron (CVX) +0.96 (0.9%) to $108.84 on volume of 5.74m shares; and
      • Microsoft (MSFT) +0.215 (0.7%) to $30.665 on volume of 43.37m shares.

       

      The S&P500 Index gained +3.73 points (0.27%) to 1376.51 points..

      Total volume traded in the 500 components of the index was 2.66bn shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 1.3 to one, with 248 advancers to 189 decliners; however declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 1.34bn to 1.27bn shares. The bigg est gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Walgreen Co. (WAG) +3.65 (11.8%) to $34.62 on volume of 55.72m shares;
      • Textron Inc. (TXT) +2.74 (11.5%) to $26.5 on volume of 8.69m shares;
      • Snap-On Inc. (SNA) +5.9 (9.6%) to $67.24 on volume of 1.46m shares;
      • eBay Inc. (EBAY) +3.49 (8.6%) to $43.95 on volume of 35.19m shares; and
      • Ciena Corp. (CIEN) +1.08 (7.6%) to $15.28 on volume of 12.78m shares.

      The Nasdaq Composite rose +23.30 points (0.79%) to 2965.90 points. while the Nasdaq100 added +29.94 points (1.14%) to 2655.81 points..

      Total volume traded in the 100 components of the index was 570.51m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 3 to one, with 66 advancers to 22 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 399.04m to 123.11m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • eBay (EBAY) +3.49 (8.6%) to $43.95 on volume of 35.2m shares;
      • Foster Wheeler (FWLT) +1.04 (6.4%) to $17.3 9 on volume of 3.01m shares;
      • Broadcom (BRCM) +1.8 (5.9%) to $32.45 on volume of 14.95m shares;
      • QUALCOMM (QCOM) +2.385 (4.3%) to $58.435 on volume of 25.97m shares; and
      • Juniper Networks (JNPR) +0.63 (4.1%) to $15.84 on volume of 10.22m shares.

      Volatility

      The CBOE Volatility Index slid 0.42 points (2.6%) to 15.74 points. and the CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index lost 0.86 points (4.7%) to 17.44 points..

      Breadth and Internals

      A total of 3194 issues traded today on the NYSE; today’s total volume was 3.65bn shares. A total of 1611 stocks posted gains for the day, and volume in advancing issues totalled 1.79bn shares. Exerting downwards pressure on the index were 1449 losers, which accounted for a total declining volume of 1.77bn shares. 170 stocks made new 1-year highs on the NYSE, while 21 shares plumbed new 52-week depths.

      On the Nasdaq 2593 tickers traded today; total Nasdaq volume was 1.67bn shares. A total of 1093 stocks posted gains for the day, with aggregate volume of 0.98bn shares changing hands in the day’s winners. The red zone of the Nasdaq exchange comprised 1386 losers, and total declining volume was 0.63bn shares. 90 Nasdaq-listed stocks hit new 52-week highs, while 34 shares d ipped to new 1-year lows.

      Major Market Statistics
      Index Close Gain(Loss) %
      Dow Jones Industrial Average 0.00 N/A 0%
      S&P500 Index 1376.51 +3.73 0.27%
      Nasdaq Composite 2965.90 +23.30 0.79%
      Nasdaq100 2655.81 +29.94 1.14%
      CBOE Volatility Index 15.74 -0.42 -2.6%
      CBOE Nasdaq100 Volatility Index 17.44 -0.86 -4.7%

      Dow Darlings

      • IBM (IBM) +7.09 (3.8%) to $195.34 on volume of 10.1m units
      • Boeing (BA) +0.97 (1.3%) to $74.86 on volume of 4.3m units
      • United Technologies (UTX) +0.97 (1.3%) to $75.82 on volume of 3.1m units
      • Chevron (CVX) +0.96 (0.9%) to $108.84 on volume of 5.7m units
      • Microsoft (MSFT) +0.215 (0.7%) to $30.67 on volume of 43.7m units

      Dow Duds:

      • Bank Of America (BAC) -0.27 (3.6%) to $7.26 on volume of 257.4m units
      • American Express (AXP) -2.06 (3.5%) to $56.23 on volume of 12.4m units
      • Verizon (VZ) -1.35 (2.9%) to $44.54 on volume of 24.2m units
      • AT&T (T) -0.71 (2%) to $35.48 on volume of 29m units
      • Wal-Mart (WMT) -1.32 (1.8%) to $71.53 on volume of 16.5m units

      Most Traded Dow stocks:

      • Bank Of America (BAC)-0.27 (3.6%) to $7.26 on volume of 257.4m units
      • Microsoft (MSFT) +0.215 (0.7%) to $30.67 on volume of 43.7m units
      • General Electric (GE)-0.04 (0.2%) to $19.8 on volume of 39.8m units
      • Intel (INTC)-0.15 (0.6%) to $26.06 on volume of 36.3m units
      • Pfizer (PFE) +0.125 (0.5%) to $23.8 on volume of 30.5m units
      Precious Metals

      P recious metals futures performed as follows –

      Precious Metals Futures
      Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
      Gold 1580.4 9.6 0.61
      Silver 27.217 0.122 0.45
      Palladium 584.85 7.3 1.26
      Platinum 1423.1 18.9 1.35

      The Gold Bugs index (XAU) gained 1.72 points (1.18%) to 148.02 points. Total volume traded in the 16 components of the index was 69.16m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 1.7 to one, with 10 advancers to 6 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 53.79m to 15.37m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Freeport McMoran (FCX) +1.4 (4.2%) to $34.42 on volume of 23.14m shares;
      • GoldCorp (GG) +0.75 (2.3%) to $33.28 on volume of 5.04m shares;
      • Coeur d’Alene (CDE) +0.33 (2.1%) to $15.69 on volume of 0.93m shares;
      • Kinroos Gold (KGC) +0.15 (1.9%) to $8.02 on volume of 6.5m shares; and
      • Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) +0.57 (1.6%) to $37.3 on volume of 0.83m shares.
      Energy Complex

      Energy futures performed as follows –

      Energy Futures
      Commodity Close Gain(Loss) %
      Crude Oil 92.97 2.8 3.11
      Heating Oil 2.9468 0.0697 2.42
      Natural Gas 2.981 0.031 1.05
      Gasoline RBOB 2.8414 0.0659 2.37

      The Oil Services index (OSX) added 1.81 points (0.85%) to 213.59 points. Total volume traded in the 15 components of the index was 61.21m shares. Advancers and decliners were split evenly, 6 decliners to 6 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 30.81m to 30.4m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • National Oilwell Varco (NOV) +1.46 (2.1%) to $70.47 on volume of 2.79m shares;
      • Transocean Inc (RIG) +0.73 (1.6%) to $47.75 on volume of 6.53m shares;
      • Rowan Co (RDC) +0.5 (1.4%) to $35.11 on volume of 1.23m shares;
      • Cameron International (CAM) +0.23 (0.5%) to $45.27 on volume of 2.24m shares; and
      • Noble Corp (NE) +0.17 (0.5%) to $35.57 on volume of 5.5m shares.
      Currency Futures

      Currency futures performed as follows –

      Currency Futures
      Index Close Gain(Loss) %
      U.S. Dollar Index 82.99 -0.206 -0.25
      Euro FX 1.2287 0.0015 0.12

      Bellwethers

      The nine-stock group that makes up the Rant bellwethers advanced on average by 0.1%. The fallout occurred as follows:

      • General Electric (GE) -0.04 (0.2%) to $19.80 on volume of 39.81m units.
      • Citigroup (C) -0.51 (1.88%) to $26.59 on volume of 31.99m units.
      • Wal-Mart (WMT) -1.32 (1.81%) to $71.53 on volume of 16.5m units.
      • IBM (IBM) +7.09 (3.77%) to $195.34 on volume of 10.09m units.
      • Intel (INTC) -0.15 (0.57%) to $26.06 on volume of 36.27m units.
      • Cisco Systems (CSCO) -0.025 (0.15%) to $16.675 on volume of 30.21m units.
      • Google (GOOG) +12.30 (2.12%) to $593.06 on volume of 4.05m units.
      • Fannie Mae (FNM) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
      • Freddie Mac (FRE) -0 (0%) to $0.00 on volume of 0m units.
      Other Indices of Interest…

      The Banks index (BKX) fell 0.24 poi nts (0.52%) to 45.75 points. Total volume traded in the 24 components of the index was 471.51m shares. Decliners outpaced gainers by 1.6 to one, with 13 decliners to 8 advancers. Declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 376.47m to 95.04m shares. The main decliners (in percentage terms) were –

      • Bank Of America (BAC) -0.27 (3.6%) to $7.26 on volume of 257.37m shares;
      • Suntrust Banks (STI) -0.5 (2%) to $24.24 on volume of 8.28m shares;
      • Citigroup Inc (C) -0.51 (1.9%) to $26.59 on volume of 31.99m shares;
      • Bank Of NY Mellon (BK) -0.4 (1.8%) to $21.29 on volume of 5.41m shares; and
      • JPMorganChase (JPM) -0.5 (1.4%) to $34.46 on volume of 30.41m shares.

      The Semiconductor index (SOX) added 7.43 points (2.04%) to 371.34 points. Total volume traded in the 18 components of the index was 181.09m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 1.7 to one, with 10 advancers to 6 decliners; however declining volume was greater than a dvancing volume by 112.52m to 68.57m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Broadcom (BRCM) +1.8 (5.9%) to $32.45 on volume of 14.94m shares;
      • Marvell Technology (MRVL) +0.265 (2.4%) to $11.135 on volume of 10.68m shares;
      • Sandisk (SNDK) +0.82 (2.4%) to $35.08 on volume of 7.68m shares;
      • ST Microelectronic (STM) +0.08 (1.6%) to $5.08 on volume of 1.1m shares; and
      • Texas Instruments (TXN) +0.39 (1.4%) to $28.04 on volume of 8.06m shares.

      The ChildKiller (“Defence”) index (DFX) gained 2.92 points (0.79%) to 373.76 points. Total volume traded in the 17 components of the index was 58.21m shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 4 to one, with 12 advancers to 3 decliners; however declining volume was greater than advancing volume by 41.15m to 16.14m shares. The biggest gainers (percentage-wise) were –

      • Rockwell Collins (COL) +1.73 (3.5%) to $50.63 on volume of 1.38m shares;
      • Embraer Empresa (ER J) +0.73 (2.9%) to $25.56 on volume of 1.45m shares;
      • ITT Corporation (ITT) +0.37 (2%) to $18.72 on volume of 1.38m shares;
      • FLIRr Systems (FLIR) +0.32 (1.7%) to $19.47 on volume of 1.19m shares; and
      • Boeing (BA) +0.97 (1.3%) to $74.86 on volume of 4.32m shares.
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