Stocks Sharply Higher, Rebounding from yesterday’s Sell Off!
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as the S&P 500 rebounded from yesterday’s loss, which was its biggest in a month. Investors were relived and stepped back in to buy after Russian President Vladimir Putin said there’s no immediate need to send troops to Ukraine. The lone economic report of any significance, the ISM report for the New York region, fell from its prior reading but the decline was explained away due to the harsh winter weather. The market rebound could be short lived, however, with the situation in Ukraine not fully resolved by any means.
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ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the New York region ISM reading for February fell to 57.0 from last month’s 64.4 figure.
COMPANY NEWS: Shares of electronic retailer RadioShack (RSH) dropped 14% after the company reported greater than expected losses during its fourth quarter and announced that it plans to close up to 1,100 of its stores this year in the U.S. The company said its fourth quarter comparable store sales were down 19% and its overall fourth quarter results were driven by a holiday season characterized by lower store traffic, intense promotional activity particularly in consumer electronics, a very soft mobility marketplace and a few operational issues. However, the The company also stated that it is not considering a pre-packaged bankruptcy and it has ample liquidity to meet its obligations.
MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chinese online discount retailer Vipshop (VIPS), which soared 30% after the company’s fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance easily surpassed expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), which dropped 2.5% after the stock was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Also lower was energy industry services provider McDermott (MDR), which slid over 9% after reporting a quarterly loss of $1.37 a share and suspending guidance for the ‘foreseeable future’ as it undergoes significant changes. Both Capital One and Stephens downgraded McDermott shares following the report!