After Market: A Flat Day as Investors Wait for Yellen to Speak

Investors took a wait-and-see approach Monday ahead of a big congressional hearing that starts on Tuesday. New Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday and Wednesday. She'll provide her view about the direction of the economy. She will also be asked about how quickly the Fed should proceed with its plan to reduce the amount of stimulus it provides. Although there's caution ahead of her testimony, most analyst say we shouldn't expect any dramatic changes from what Ben Bernanke offered.

In the meantime, we got a break from the wild swings in the market that we've been experiencing for the past few weeks. The Dow Jones industrial average (^DJI) edged up by 7 points, the Standard & Poor's 500 index (^GPSC) added nearly 3 and the Nasdaq composite (^IXIC) rose 22 points.

Apple (AAPL) gained nearly 2 percent as Carl Icahn withdrew his campaign to have the company massively increase its stock buyback. He did so after an influential advisory firm came against him. And GT Advanced Technology (GTAT) jumped 9 percent on reports that it has signed a supply deal with Apple.

Hasbro (HAS) gained 4.5 percent. Earnings edged lower, hurt by weak sales of boys' toys such as Transformers and GI Joe, but the company did issue an upbeat outlook. It was just over a week ago that Hasbro and fellow toy-maker Mattel (MAT) tumbled on Mattel's weak earnings report. Mattel edged lower Monday.

Elsewhere, Tesla (TSLA) gained 5 percent to an all-time high. China said it will pay a higher than expected subsidy for electric cars bought there.

Yelp (YELP) gained 2 percent on a partnership deal for Yahoo (YHOO) to carry some of Yelp's local reviews. Yahoo gained 1.5 percent.

Among the blue chips: Disney (DIS) rose 2 percent, while American Express (AXP), Travelers (TRV) and Coca-Cola (KO) all gained more than 1.5 percent.

On the downside, UnitedHealth (UNH) lost more than 2 percent and McDonald's (MCD) fell 1 percent. Domestic sales under the Golden Arches fell last month. The company blames the weather.

What to Watch Tuesday:
  • Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on monetary policy and the economy.
  • At 10 a.m. Eastern time, the Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for December, and the Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for December.
  • Senate Budget Committee hearing on the budget and the economic outlook.
  • Boeing (BA) and Airbus are expected to announce airplane orders at a major air show in Singapore.
These major companies are due to report quarterly financial results:
  • CVS Caremark (CVS)
  • Fossil Group (FOSL)
  • Michelin (MGDDY)
  • Reynolds American (RAI)
  • TripAdvisor (TRIP)
-Produced by Drew Trachtenberg.

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crimeslawyer

Is this person, Yellen, the best we can do to head this powerful position?

February 10 2014 at 11:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
militiaman2013

Welcome to slave nation brought to you by your first Black president.

Land of non livable wages, stolen pensions, marijuana, The Fed Clown and Obama manipulating the market to make the 1% 100 times wealthier and the 50% trapped in poverty.

Yes, I said 50% because 49% are bought and paid for by the 1% to serve and protect the 1% should the sheep ever wake up and respond to the assault on their lively hood.

February 10 2014 at 10:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Big John

I can hear the cries all the way from here, We want free money! We want free money! We want free money! or we will go home and not play.

February 10 2014 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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militiaman2013

They just want the middle class to die and wither away.

February 10 2014 at 10:32 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
militiaman2013

Big John doesn't sound right for you Dickey; what is that now 86 screen names?

February 10 2014 at 10:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
militiaman2013

Will she live that long? How old is she? I bet she is collecting social security and a pension while setting back in her chair collecting a full salary and Bernanke pulling her strings like puppet.

February 10 2014 at 8:47 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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SPQR

I say bring back Alan Greenspan !!!!

February 10 2014 at 11:10 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
gail

WHY WORK WHEN YOU CAN STAY HOME , LOOK AT NY STATE MPORE PEOPLE ON WELFARE LAUGHING AT USE TAX PAYER GAIL H

February 10 2014 at 8:26 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
gail

YOUR SITE IS VERY HARD TO LEARN GAIL H

February 10 2014 at 8:22 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
efat53yz

once again,,, the idiots at the top are still bringing the country down,,,

February 10 2014 at 7:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
fakeconomics1

China and India have no other way----They must go for 100% electric and hybrids --- not only for energy conservation sake but also to prevent pollution. More people will die of pollution (in China and India) than any other single cause. So it is a necessity

February 10 2014 at 6:13 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
fakeconomics1

We see too much GLOBAL TRADE but there is no GLOBAL OVER SIGHT on these financial firms. Simply they have become international looters.

February 10 2014 at 6:06 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
fakeconomics1

Good News for consumers worldwide------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
"China said it will pay a higher than expected subsidy for electric cars bought there" ----- Both China and India are finally taking care of their energy needs. This will result in increased consumer spending.

February 10 2014 at 5:45 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply