After Market: What Comes Down Must Go Back Up - and It Did

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Stocks rallied on Wednesday, recouping their loses from Tuesday's selloff –- and that's basically been the story all year. The Dow and S&P have set some record highs in 2014. They've also dipped several times, raising fears of a correction -- a decline of 10 percent or more. But add it all up and the major averages have held within fairly narrow ranges all year.

With minutes from the Federal Reserve's last FOMC meeting indicating that there's no interest rate hike coming anytime soon, the Dow Jones industrial average (^DJI) gained 158 points, the Standard & Poor's 500 index (^GPSC) rose 15, and the Nasdaq composite (^IXIC) added 34 points.

Leading the blue chips upward, Goldman Sachs (GS), Verizon (VZ), Chevron (CVX), Microsoft and Cisco (CSCO) all rose 1 percent or more. Cisco, however, did warn of a "brutal" period of consolidation ahead for the tech sector, but that did not have much of an impact on trading Wednesday.

For the second day in a row, a slew of retailers posted earnings. Target's (TGT) numbers were in line with expectations, and the stock gained 1 percent. Over the past year, though, it's lost 20 percent. Target is still unable to estimate the total cost from last year's massive data breach.

Lowe's (LOW) edged lower. Its net was okay but sales were below expectations.

The teen apparel chain American Eagle (AEO) lost 6½ percent. Earnings fell sharply from a year ago, its forecast for the current quarter was weak and the company plans to close 150 stores.

PetSmart (PETM) fell 8 percent after forecasting a "challenging environment."

But Tiffany (TIF) shares glittered, up 9 percent. Net was weak, but sales topped expectations and the company upped its forecast for the year.

Also on the earnings front, cloud computing company Salesforce.com (CRM) fell 5 percent despite beating expectations.

And food maker Hormel (HRL), best known for its Spam and chili, fell nearly 3 percent.

Elsewhere, Trina Solar (TSL) jumped 30 percent after forecasting higher solar panel shipments.

And late in the session, cigarette maker Lorillard (LO) popped 10 percent on a Reuters report that it's in talks to be acquired.

Tecogen (TGEN), which produces electricity for industrial buildings, more than doubled in price after completing a stock offering.

And the insurance giant AIG (AIG) rose 2 percent on a Goldman Sachs upgrade to "buy."

What to Watch Thursday:
  • The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.
  • At 10 a.m.: the National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for April; Freddie Mac releases weekly mortgage rates; and the Conference Board releases leading indicators for April.
These major companies are scheduled to release quarterly financial statements:'
  • Aeropastale (ARO)
  • Best Buy (BBY)
  • Dollar Tree (DLTR)
  • GameStop (GME)
  • Gap (GPS)
  • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ)
  • Perry Ellis International (PERY)
  • Ross Stores (ROST)
  • Sears Holdings (SHLD)
  • TiVo (TIVO)
  • Toronto Dominion Bank (TD)
  • Zumiez (ZUMZ)
-Produced by Drew Trachtenberg.


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republicanslostagain

skcarcomed_0,.....is a poor redstate hillbilly who loves to hoard government cheese logs in his trailer. He's also a uneducated conservative who thinks the world is flat.

May 22 2014 at 7:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
d.barack

Evan Barthold is still a dunce.

May 22 2014 at 3:10 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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ign.cmk

And you are boringly repetitive.

May 22 2014 at 5:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

China got those jobs with out firing a shot ,all they had to is threaten to rat out the politicians who set up this scam to outsource jobs.Now the rich are getting richer off the new cheap slave labor force and banking the tax money over seas.

You have to figure all this greedy plotting is going to shorten life spans an aggravate more wars around the globe.

China has your number no need to get a ticket an stand in line. Be funny if they had a video of some of the transactions that traded our jobs from under us.

May 21 2014 at 10:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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d.barack

Clinton ?

May 22 2014 at 3:44 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

According to Rutgers report I had down loaded,( In so many words ) NJ saw a change from a manufacturing economy to a service economy but had planned for all the lost jobs.

Well look at all the lost jobs. The politicians screwed generations of workers so they could get that campaign money. Many of the jobs were skilled machinists,tool & die makers, assemblers, solders ect.. WTF were the over paid politicians thinking?

May 21 2014 at 9:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Iselin007

But had not planned for all the lost jobs.

May 21 2014 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leroy Gd

Yes the market is up. Small wonder as the fed put 65 billion a month in to prop it up. That's great as the value of the dollar drops by the minute, a small price to pay to have obama not look as bad as he is right numb nut liberals?

May 21 2014 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kolblh

My house isn't worth what I paid for it fourteen years ago, my utillity bills continue to rise, taxes increase, I get less for more money in the supermarkets, medical bills are out of site, gas prices increase daily, my grandchildren have huge debts for their education which was suppose to provide good jobs and there are no jobs, I have constant phone calls asking for money to support every known charity there is, the TV cable bill is outragous, and on and on. The American Dream is becoming a nightmare. Wall Street runs this country and our "so called" leaders aid and enables it.

May 21 2014 at 5:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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