Like a hamster in a cage, the major U.S. averages spun their wheels today and went nowhere.Getty Images/Blend Images
The�Dow�Jones Industrial Average�(DJIA) lost 0.04%, while the�Standard & Poor�� 500�(SPX) fell 0.1%. The Nasdaq Composite�(COMP) gained 0.3%.
optionsXpress’s Joe Cusick sums up the day’s trading, what there was of it:
Stock market averages are mixed without much news to guide investors Monday. With no economic data or earnings of broad market significance released so far this week, some of the early focus was on overseas markets. Japan was weak again after a report on second quarter economic growth fell short of expectations. However, stocks were broadly higher in China and Hong Kong, while trading in mixed fashion across Europe.
Just because the averages weren’t moving, however, didn’t mean there wasn’t action in individual stocks. Miners of all stripes traded higher, biotech stocks got hammered and utilities fell 0.5%, the largest drop among S&P 500 sectors.
5 Best Beverage Stocks To Buy Right Now: Jasper Mining Corp (JSP)Jasper Mining Corporation (Jasper) is an exploration-stage company engaged in the exploration for and development of base and precious metals in Canada. Its properties consist of the Vowell Creek property, the Lydy property, the McFarlane property, the Cascade property, the Faith property, the Isintok property, the Alaric property, the Proximal property, the Erie Creek property, the Irony property and Crawford property. The Vowell Creek property consists of 12,750 hectares located approximately 35 kilometers south of Golden, British Columbia. The Cascade property is located approximately 55 kilometers north of the community of Kaslo, British Columbia and is comprised of approximately 1,545 hectares (3,819 acres), on the west side of the Lardeau River. The Irony property is located north of Revelstoke, British Columbia and southwest of Mica Dam, consisting of 2,375 hectares (5,869 acres). The Company's properties include lead, zinc, gold and silver. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Jessica Summers]
India�� S&P BSE Sensex (SENSEX) extended this week�� drop to 3 percent, the most since five days ended March 24. Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. (JSP) plunged 7.6 percent, leading a gauge of 10 metal companies to its lowest close in more than four years. ICICI Bank Ltd. fell to an 11-month low, pacing losses among its peers. The rupee slid 1.1 percent, capping its biggest weekly drop in almost two years.
Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Watch In Right Now: Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (DO)
Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. operates as an offshore oil and gas drilling contractor worldwide. It provides offshore drilling services in both the floater market, such as ultra-deepwater, deepwater, and mid-water; and in the non-floater and jack-up markets. The company operates a fleet of 44 offshore drilling rigs, consisting of 32 semisubmersibles, 7 jack-ups, and 5 dynamically positioned drillships, of which 4 are under construction. It serves independent oil and gas companies, and government-owned oil companies. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. is a subsidiary of Loews Corporation.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By DAILYFINANCE]
Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images NEW YORK -- Wall Street's six-day rally stalled out on Friday as stocks ended the day mostly flat in quiet trading. Bond yields continued to rise. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note climbed above the 3 percent mark. The yield hasn't consistently traded above that level since July 2011. The increase will translate into higher interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of loans. Energy stocks were among the biggest gainers after oil prices climbed above $100 a barrel for the first time since October. Offshore oil drilling companies Transocean (RIG) and Diamond Offshore (DO) each rose about 1.5 percent. Oil giant ExxonMobil (XOM) climbed 1 percent. Sprint (S) jumped 83 cents, or 8 percent, to $10.79 following news reports that Japan's Softbank, which owns Sprint, may use the company as a vehicle to purchase wireless competitor T-Mobile US (TMUS). Most of Wall Street remains on vacation. Trading volume has been very low this week. Only 2 billion shares changed hands on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, about 40 percent below the recent average. There were no major economic reports or corporate earnings Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average (^DJI) closed down 1.47 points, or 0.01 percent, to 16,478.41. The Standard & Poor's 500 index (^GPSC) fell 0.62 point, or 0.03 percent, to 1,841.40 and the Nasdaq composite (^IXIC) was down 10.59 points, or 0.3 percent, at 4,156.59. Even with Friday's pause, the stock market has been in rally mode heading into the end of the year. The Dow and S&P 500 are up 2.4 percent and 2 percent respectively so far in December, with only two trading days left in the year. For 2013, the S&P 500 is up roughly 29 percent, its best year since 1997, and the Dow is up 25.8 percent, its best year since 1996. In the bond market, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 3 percent from 2.99 percent Thursday. Bond yields have steadily climbed since Dec. 18, when the Federal
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Offshore drillers like Transocean (RIG), Seadrill (SDRL) and Noble (NE) have gotten pounded this year. Is it time to buy? Well, if not that, at least its time to become less bearish, say the folks at BMO Capital Markets, who upgraded the shares of Transocean, Seadrill, Diamond Offshore (DO), Ensco (ESV), Noble, Rowan (RDC) and Atwood Oceanics (ATW).
- [By Teresa Rivas]
However a Deutsche downgrade hurt offshore drillers including Transocean (RIG), Diamond Offshore (DO) and Ensco International (ESV). Elsewhere, Michael Kors��(KORS) first quarter didn�� live up to investors��high expectations while McDonald�� (MCD) managed to come back from earlier losses related to the impact of the tainted meat scandal in China.
Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Watch In Right Now: RetailMeNot Inc (SALE)
RetailMeNot Inc., incorporated on September 17, 2007, operates digital coupon marketplace, connecting consumers with retailers and brands. As of December 31, 2012, the Company had contracts with more than 10,000 paid retailers. The Company owns and operates digital coupon Websites in the United States (RetailMeNot.com) and the United Kingdom (VoucherCodes.co.uk). The Company�� Websites, mobile applications, e-mail newsletters and alerts and social media presence enable consumers to search for, discover and redeem digital coupons from retailers and brands. Its marketplace features digital coupons across multiple product categories, including clothing; electronics; health and beauty; home and office; travel, food and entertainment; personal and business services; and shoes. It aggregates digital coupons from retailers, performance marketing networks, its user community, its employees and outsourced providers.
Products and Services for Consumers
The Company�� product development approach is centered on building products that enable consumers to discover quality digital coupons, virtually anytime and anywhere, and redeem them online or in-store. The Company�� products and services for consumers are available through its Websites and mobile applications. The Company offers its consumers digital coupons from retailers and brands across multiple product categories. Consumers visiting its marketplace search for and discover digital coupons based on retailer name, product, category, digital coupon type, popularity, success rate and other characteristics. Once a consumer discovers a relevant digital coupon, the consumer clicks on that digital coupon and is directed to the Website of the respective retailer, where the consumer is able to purchase products and redeem the digital coupon.
The Company�� mobile applications allow consumers to shop when they want, where they want. Consumers use its mobile applications to discover, store for use later and access the digit! al coupons they want and to redeem them both online and in-store. They can browse top digital coupons, stores and product category listings. Its mobile applications allow users to share digital coupons with others through e-mail, text message or through social media channels. In addition, utilizing location-based technology, the RetailMeNot iPhone application notifies consumers of savings opportunities when they are shopping near one of 575 geo-fenced shopping malls by sending consumers alerts for digital coupons that can be used in these malls. Consumers can redeem these digital coupons by scanning the barcode at the retailer�� register or by having the sales associate enter the promotional code shown on the consumer�� mobile screen into their point-of-sale system.
Using the Company�� geo-location technology, users that opt in receive an alert when they are near a shopping mall. The alert lists digital coupons that can be redeemed at certain stores within that mall. The mobile application also allows consumers to discover and redeem digital coupons online and to find nearby stores where the digital coupon can be utilized. Consumers can subscribe to receive its periodic e-mail newsletter and alerts. Its e-mail newsletter allows consumers to stay informed about featured digital coupons, while its alerts notify consumers when digital coupons from their preferred retailers become available. As of March 31, 2013, it had over nine million subscribers to its free e-mail newsletters and alerts.
Consumers can engage with the Company on social media channels, such as Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter, to receive promotional messages from retailers and brands. In addition, it engages consumers through social and gamification features in the Community section of RetailMeNot.com, including the ability to earn points, track dollars users have helped others save, view rankings, earn badges and win prizes.
Products and Services for Retailers
The Company ! provides ! retailers and brands with access to new customers through multiple channels online on its Websites and mobile applications, by e-mail newsletters and alerts and its social media presence, and in-store by displaying a digital coupon on a mobile device or presenting a printed coupon. It allows retailers to provide digital coupons across these multiple channels. It provides its paid retailers with a range of paid placement opportunities. Its placement opportunities include placement within the top coupon carousel of its homepage, the side rail of its category pages, its weekly e-mail newsletter, solo retailer newsletter campaigns and on the landing screen of its mobile applications. It charges a fee for these advertising tools on a campaign basis for a given period of time.
The Company competes with dealspl.us, bradsdeals, dealnews, savings.com, Tech Bargains and Coupon Cabin.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Hibah Yousuf]
The continued shift to online shopping should help Amazon.com (AMZN, Fortune 500), as well as digital coupon site RetailMeNot (SALE).
The Morgan Stanley analysts also expect Michael Kors (KORS) will continue to post strong sales growth as women buy more accessories. L Brands' (LTD, Fortune 500) Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works are also likely to boast solid sales during the holiday season, as they are able to attract shoppers without having to offer "irrational promotions," Morgan Stanley said.
- [By Matt Jarzemsky]
Out of the 2013 vintage, some of the best performers so far this year have been early-stage healthcare firms like BioAmber Inc.(BIOA), up 86% year-to-date through Thursday, and Kindred Biosciences Inc.(KIN), up 82%. A number of high-flying tech startups have also continued to soar. Cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc.(FEYE) has gained 67% since the start of the year. Online coupon company RetailMeNot Inc.(SALE) is up 48%.
Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Watch In Right Now: Qiwi PLC (QIWI)
QIWI plc., incorporated on February 26, 2007, is a provider of payment services in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The Company has an integrated network that enables payment services across physical, online and mobile channels. In December 2013, the Company announced that it has completed the acquisition of Blestgroup Enterprises Limited.
The Company has deployed over 11 million virtual wallets, over 169,000 kiosks and terminals, and enabled over 40,000 merchants to accept cash and electronic payments monthly from over 65 million consumers using the Company 's network at least once a month. The Company�� consumers can use cash, stored value and other electronic payment methods to order and pay for goods and services across physical or online environments interchangeably.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Steve Symington]
What:�Shares of QIWI PLC (NASDAQ: QIWI ) fell more than 16% Monday amid broader market unrest as Russia invaded Ukraine.�
So what:�The Moscow Exchange's Micex index fell nearly 11% on the day, so its unsurprising U.S.-listed Russian stocks like QIWI suffered the fallout. Shares of the Russia-based payment services provider are also still up more than 12% after a rapid rise over the past month, which at least partially explains the severity of today's drop.
- [By David Zeiler]
10. QIWI PLC (Nasdaq: QIWI): QIWI provides payment services to 65 million monthly customers in Russia as well as nations once part of the former Soviet Union. QIWI went public May 3 at an offer price of $17 and rose only 8 cents on its first day. Yet now QIWI trades at $40.95 - 140.88% higher than its IPO price.
- [By Jake L'Ecuyer]
Equities Trading UP
Qiwi plc (NASDAQ: QIWI) shot up 5.02 percent to $44.15 on Q3 results.
Shares of Brocade Communications Systems (NASDAQ: BRCD) got a boost, shooting up 8.40 percent to $8.77 after the company reported a better-than-expected Q4 profit.
Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Watch In Right Now: Orexigen Therapeutics Inc.(OREX)
Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., a development stage company, focuses on the development of pharmaceutical product candidates for the treatment of obesity. Its lead combination product candidates include Contrave, which has completed phase III clinical trials; and Empatic that has completed phase II clinical trials. Contrave is a combination of two drugs, bupropion and naltrexone, in a sustained release formulation (SR). Bupropion is an antidepressant and smoking cessation medication; and naltrexone is a treatment for alcohol and opioid addiction. The company?s Empatic product candidate is a combination of bupropion SR and zonisamide SR. Zonisamide is for the adjunctive treatment of partial seizures, a form of epilepsy. The company has a collaboration agreement with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited to develop and commercialize Contrave. Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is based in La Jolla, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Brian Orelli]
After getting rejected once, Arena Pharmaceuticals' (NASDAQ: ARNA ) Belviq and VIVUS'� (NASDAQ: VVUS ) Qsymia were both approved by the FDA last year. And the FDA seems open to approving a third drug, Orexigen's (NASDAQ: OREX ) Contrave.
- [By Brian Orelli]
Orexigen (NASDAQ: OREX ) , the third player whose obesity drug could be approved next year, might be hitting the market at the perfect time, just as all the kinks are worked out. And if its drug Contrave is approved, it'll be the only one to have shown that it doesn't cause cardiovascular problems.
- [By Brian Orelli]
Here's how Victoza stacks up against VIVUS' Qsymia, Arena's Belviq, and Orexigen's (NASDAQ: OREX ) Contrave, which is finishing up a cardiovascular safety trial and could be approved to treat obesity before Victoza.
Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Watch In Right Now: Ten Peaks Coffee Company Inc (TPK)Ten Peaks Coffee Company Inc. (Ten Peaks) is a Canada-based company. It operates its business through its subsidiary, Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company Inc. (SWDCC), which is a green coffee decaffeinator located in Burnaby, British Columbia. It also owns and operates Seaforth Supply Chain Solutions Inc. (Seaforth), a green coffee handling and warehousing business located in Metro Vancouver. SWDCC is engaged in the coffee decaffeination business utilizing the branded Swiss Water Process of 100% chemical free green coffee decaffeination. SWDCC has two subsidiaries, which include Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Co. USA, Inc, and Swiss Water Process Marketing Services Inc. On November 18, 2011, a subsidiary of Ten Peaks, Seaforth Supply Chain Solutions Inc., was incorporated. On January 1, 2011, in response to changes to the legislation governing the taxation of income trusts which made the income trust form of structure less advantageous, the Fund converted to a corporation. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Inyoung Hwang]
Travis Perkins Plc (TPK) lost 1.6 percent to 1,749 pence. The builders��merchant said its consumer division failed to grow on a comparable basis in the third quarter, slipping from an 8.6 percent increase in the two months ended June.
Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Watch In Right Now: Gamestop Corporation (GME)
GameStop Corp. operates as a retailer of video game products and personal computer (PC) entertainment software. It sells new and used video game hardware; video game software; used video game products; and video game accessories, which primarily consist of controllers, memory cards, and other add-ons, as well as strategy guides and trading cards. The company also offers PC entertainment and other software across various genres, including sports, action, strategy, adventure/role playing, and simulation, as well as products that relate to the digital category comprising network point cards, prepaid digital and online timecards, and digitally downloadable software. GameStop Corp. sells its products through stores, as well as through its electronic commerce Web sites, including gamestop.com, ebgames.com.au, gamestop.ca, gamestop.it, gamestop.es, gamestop.ie, gamestop.de, and micromania.fr. As of July 12, 2011, its retail network and family of brands included 6,573 company-oper ated stores in 17 countries worldwide. The company also publishes Game Informer, a video game magazine in the United States; and operates the online video gaming Web sites kongregate.com and joltonline.com. GameStop Corp. was founded in 1994 and is based in Grapevine, Texas.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By John Kell]
Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Tuesday’s session are GameStop Corp.(GME), J.P. Morgan Chase(JPM) & Co. and Stratasys Ltd.(SSYS)
- [By Ben Eisen]
Perpetually struggling department store J.C. Penney Co. (JCP) �said it expects a sales boost this holiday season as it returns to a promotional strategy. But for the most part, retailers including Dollar Tree Inc. (DLTR) �, GameStop Corp. (GME) � and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF) � gave dour outlooks in their earnings reports.