DJ30 PointChange: +60.01 Level: 12482.07 NASDAQ PointChange: +17.41 Level: 2728.08 NQ100 PercentChange: +0.9 R2K PercentChange: +0.2 SP400 PercentChange: +0.3 SP500 PointChange: +4.58 Level: 1293.67 NASDAQ-Adv:1365 Dec: 1170 NYSE-Adv:1841 Dec: 1151
Encouraging data helped stocks set multi-month highs in the early going,
but a substantial portion of the market's gains were surrendered by
session's end. Participants drove stocks higher in the opening minutes
Buying interest was fostered by news that China's fourth quarter GDP
climbed 8.9% from the prior year. Even though that marked a deceleration
from the 9.1% annual rate posted in the prior month, it proved better
than what had been anticipated by many. Retail sales and industrial
production for December also posted double-digit increases over the
year. Early traders also had a positive response to an upbeat economic
survey from Germany and a better-than-expected Empire Manufacturing
Survey of 13.5 for January.
Although the early advance took the S&P 500 above the 1300 line
for the first time since this past summer, the broad market measure was
unable to sustain the move. It began to waver as stocks reacted to
efforts by the dollar to make up ground against the euro, which had been
up nearly 1% this morning, but saw that gain halved by session's end.
After easing off of early highs stocks spent the better part of the
session drifting sideways. The action seemingly allowed morning gains to
consolidate, but it didn't establish much of a floor since stocks
faltered in the final 90 minutes. Still, the broad market managed to
hold on for a modest gain.
Financials became a drag on trade. The sector, which was the only one
to log a loss, ended the day down 0.8%. An earnings miss from Citigroup (C 28.22, -2.52) and in-line results from Wells Fargo (WFC 29.83, +0.22) made for uninspiring results ahead of announcements from a bevy of financial outfits tomorrow morning.
Health Care +0.7%, Tech +0.7%, Energy +0.7%, Materials +0.6%, Consumer
Discretionary +0.5%, Consumer Staples +0.4%, Telecom +0.4%
Declining Sectors: Financials -0.8%