It seems Wall Street still hasn't decided a direction as stocks are trading flat today. Energy stocks are up while other sectors like industrials and financials are trading lower. The FDIC said today that bank profits are up 67 percent year-over-year to $29 billion, but the number of troubled financial institutions also increased from 884 to 888. Oil prices also rebounded to $100 after the U.S. dollar weakened today. Energy stocks were hit the hardest yesterday when the debt crisis in the EU strengthened the dollar, and pushed commodities prices down. In tech, it seems that investors continue to thirst for web IPOs as Russian search engine Yandex (YNDX) made its market debut today. Shares prices are up over 40 percent from the Yandex's IPO price of $25 on 52 million shares.
Major U.S. Stock Indices
DJIA: 12,375.66 (-0.04 percent)
S&P 500: 1,316.97 (-0.03 percent)
NASDAQ: 2,750.30 (-0.31 percent)
Russell 2000: 811.22 (-0.38 percent)
In other news:
- HBO'S Too Big to Fail aired last night. Anyone learn anything new? [WSJ]
- The Yandex IPO, which raised $1.3 billion and gives the company a market cap of roughly $11 billion, is the largest initial public offering this year. [Bloomberg]
- Once again, politics gets in the way of a debt crisis. Greece's Prime Minister is finding it hard to get things done as opposing political parties can't seem to find a compromise. [NY Times]
- The most widely held stocks by hedge funds. No surprise here as big names like Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG), Ford (F), and Exxon Mobil (XOM) lead the list. [The Street]
- Chrysler has repaid $10.6 billion of the $12.5 billion bailout the U.S. government issued to save the automaker, which is great, except the U.S. Treasury is unlikely to be recovering the remaining $1.9 billion. [Reuters]
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