After Market: Stocks Step Higher as Ukraine Threats Appear Subdued


The market marched higher, even though investors kept a wary eye on the latest developments in Ukraine.

Tensions over the Ukraine-Russia conflict remain high, but there were no new developments that blocked investors from buying.

The Dow Jones industrial average (^DJI) rose 61 points, the Standard & Poor's 500 index (^GPSC) added 3 -- moving to another record high, but the Nasdaq composite (^IXIC) fell 5 points.

While the major averages were mostly higher, some of the most interesting action was to the downside.

Investors in Staples (SPLS) found out: it's not so easy after all. The retailer tumbled 15 percent after reporting sales and traffic in its stores fell last quarter.
It also issued a weak outlook and said it will close 225 stores as more of its business moves online. Its stock has missed out on the market rally, now in the red during the past year.

Another giant retailer, Costco Wholesale (COST), fell 3 percent. The company's earnings came in short of expectations, mostly because of problems overseas.

Biotech stocks, which had been red hot until recently, had a rough day. Isis fell 6.5 percent, Aegerion (AEGR) fell 7 percent, Gilead Sciences (GILD) lost 3.5 percent, and Intrexon (XON) lost 5 percent. Biolase (BIOL), which makes medical lasers, fell 9.5 percent.

On the upside, financials continue to provide leadership. JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and American Express (AXP) both gained more than 1 percent.

And the energy sector was strong. Marathon Oil (MRO) rose 4 percent and Valero Energy (VLO) rose 5 percent. Tesoro (TSO) gained 3.5 percent, and Anadarko added more than 1 percent following a pair of brokerage upgrades.

Elsewhere, Yum Brands (YUM) rose more than 3 percent. Robert Baird raised its rating to "outperform," saying that sales in China are improving. China is now the biggest market for Yum's KFC division.

DirecTV (DTV) added 2.5 percent. It's in talks to license Walt Disney (DIS) products. A deal could look similar to one Disney recently signed with Dish Network.

And BJ's Restaurants (BJRI) rallied 21 percent as a big investor group raised its stake in the company and said it will seek several board seats.

-Produced by Drew Trachtenberg.

What to Watch Friday:
  • At 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, the Labor Department releases employment data for February, and the Commerce Department releases international trade data for January
  • Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for January at 3 p.m.
These major companies are scheduled to release quarterly financial statements:
  • Big Lots (BIG)
  • Foot Locker (FL)

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Oh course energy stocks are doing well. What a great scam game going on here. Control the supply to control the PRICE at the pump. Demand will remain the same, we all need X abount of fuel to drive to work, to make plastics, food and all the things we need. The Commodity Market is the scam of choice to continue the transfer of wealth from my wallet to theirs. Remember, there is NO SHORTAGE of crude/gasoline, only a SHORTAGE OF LEADERSHIP IN CONGRESS.

March 07 2014 at 6:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The market's up the market's down, the market's up, the market's down. Wait for the crash.

March 06 2014 at 6:20 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to betty_brock's comment

You must be one of those dummies on the sidelines just spinning your wheels. I have been investing in the stock market since 1980 and have done very well, thank you.

March 06 2014 at 10:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Wait out.

March 06 2014 at 5:18 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply