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Stocks Mixed After Tech Troubles

By Marvin ClarkStock MarketsJun 11, 2017 01:03AM ET
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Stocks Mixed After Tech Troubles
By Marvin Clark   |  Jun 11, 2017 01:03AM ET
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U.S. equities finished a volatile session mixed as strength in financial and energy issues was countered by a tumble in technology stocks, which led the Nasdaq sharply lower on heavy volume. The U.S. dollar gained ground, gold was lower and crude oil prices were slightly to the upside. Treasuries continued a recent move lower, while a light domestic docket showed that wholesale inventories declined more than expected.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 89 points (0.4%) to 21,272, the S&P 500 Index lost 2 points (0.1%) to 2,432, and the Nasdaq Composite tumbled 114 points (1.8%) to 6,208. In heavy volume, 984 million shares were traded on the NYSE and 3.1 billion shares changed hands on the Nasdaq. WTI crude oil increased $0.19 to $45.83 per barrel and wholesale gasoline was $0.01 higher at $1.50 per gallon. Elsewhere, the Bloomberg gold spot price decreased $7.10 to $1,272.90 per ounce, and the US Dollar Index—a comparison of the U.S. dollar to six major world currencies—was 0.3% higher at 97.28. Markets were mixed for the week, as the DJIA advanced 0.3%, the S&P 500 Index declined 0.3%, and the Nasdaq Composite fell 1.6%.

VeriFone Systems (NYSE:PAY) Inc. reported a fiscal Q2 loss of $0.80 per share, or earnings-per-share (EPS) of $0.30 ex-items, versus the FactSet estimate of a $0.29 per share profit, as revenues declined 10.0% year-over-year (y/y) to $474 million, above the projected $472 million. The payments and commerce solutions company issued Q3 guidance that missed expectations, while lowering its full-year outlook. Separately, PAY announced that it is divesting three non-strategic businesses to reallocate resources and capital to its core payments and commerce platform. Shares traded solidly lower.

DuPont (NYSE:DD) Fabros Technology Inc. and Digital Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:DLR) announced an all-stock merger agreement with a total enterprise value of $7.6 billion. Under the terms of the deal, DuPont Fabros shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.545 Digital Realty shares for each share they own. DFT rallied, while DLR declined.

Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE:P) finished higher after announcing Sirius XM Holding Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) made a $480 million investment in the company and an agreement to sell its Ticketfly business to Eventbrite for $200 million.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) fell sharply amid a report from Capitol Forum saying Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff are preparing a recommendation to sue to block the takeover of the company by Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) Inc. Neither entity mentioned commented on the story.

Wholesale inventories revised lower

Wholesale inventories were revised down to a 0.5% month-over-month (m/m) decline for April, versus the Bloomberg forecast of an unrevised preliminary 0.3% decrease, and following March's unrevised 0.1% rise. Sales were 0.4% lower m/m, after March's negatively revised 0.2% decline. The inventory-to-sales ratio—the amount of time it would take to deplete inventories at the current sales pace—remained at March's 1.28 months level.

Treasuries finished lower with the yields on the 2-year and 10-year notes rising 2 basis points (bps) to 1.34% and 2.21%, respectively, while the 30-year bond rate gained 1 bp to 2.86%.

Europe gains as markets react to U.K. election, Asia also ticks higher

European equities finished higher, with the markets digesting yesterday's U.K. election results that showed Prime Minister Theresa May's Party lost a majority, resulting in a hung parliament. The British pound dropped sharply versus the U.S. dollar, providing some support to U.K. stocks, as the outcome fostered Brexit uncertainty regarding the timing of negotiations and whether it will result in a hard of softer exit terms.

Stocks in Asia finished mostly to the upside, with the global markets taking yesterday's vote that led to a hung parliament in the U.K., the ECB's changed language and outlook, and fired FBI Director Comey's testimony in the U.S. in stride. Japanese equities gained ground, with the yen giving back some recent gains, while South Korean shares also advanced. Mainland Chinese stocks rose, but those traded in Hong Kong dipped on the heels of a report that showed consumer price inflation rose in line with forecasts, while wholesale price increases slowed more than expected for May. Australian securities finished flat and Indian equities moved higher.

Stocks mixed as technology sees late-week stumble

Stocks finished mixed, with a late-week pullback in technology issues from a decisive rally as of late weighing on the markets. Stocks showed little reaction to some highly-anticipated events such as the relatively surprising U.K. election, the European Central Bank's mixed outlook and apparent dovish tone by President Mario Draghi and former FBI Director Comey's testimony on Capitol Hill. Financials led the charge, with Treasury yields and the U.S. dollar rebounding from a recent drop. Energy stocks also showed some resiliency, gaining ground despite pressure on crude oil prices that has persisted since last month's disappointing extension of OPEC production cuts, exacerbated by this week's unexpected jump in U.S. oil inventories. Economic data was relatively light, though the ISM non-Manufacturing Index showed growth continued for the all-important services sector and the JOLTS Job Openings report hit a record high.

The markets are looking to this week's fully-loaded economic calendar, highlighted by the Consumer and Producer Price Indexes (CPI & PPI), NFIB Small Business Optimism, retail sales, industrial production and capacity utilization, the NAHB Housing Market Index, housing starts and building permits, and the preliminary University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index. However, the headlining event will likely be the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) monetary policy decision. A 25 bp hike to the target fed funds rate is highly expected, but the accompanying statement, updated economic projections and subsequent press conference by Chairwoman Janet Yellen are poised to garner heavy attention.

International reports due out next week that deserve a mention include: Australiaconsumer confidence and employment change. China—lending statistics, retail sales and industrial production. IndiaCPI, industrial production and trade balance. JapanBank of Japan monetary policy decision, machine orders and industrial production. Eurozoneindustrial production, Q1 employment, trade balance and CPI, along with German investor confidence. U.K.Bank of England monetary policy decision, CPI, retail sales and employment change.

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