Equities Mid-Day Stock Market Roundup: Wall Street Down on Jobs Data

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U.S. stocks continued to decline in mid-day trading today as an unexpected rise in jobless claims added fuel to the bearish fire. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 are both down, while Nasdaq is trading up. Claims for unemployment rose 43,000 to 474,000 last week. Economic indicators seem to be pointing at a weakening U.S. recovery effort, even while some of the largest domestic and international corporations have posted better than expected first quarter earnings. Worse yet, commodities and the dollar are both experiencing significant pullbacks as well, raising concerns that deflationary forces could be mounting. Gold and silver prices have continued to slide, perhaps signaling a possible end to the hot streak the precious metals have been on the last few years. Oil prices also continue to fall on lowered demand, hitting as low as $101 a barrel. The dollar also dropped 5 percent against the Japanese yen. Could investors really be selling in May and completely going away?

Major U.S. Stock Indices

DJIA: 12,682.22 (-0.33 percent)
S&P 500: 1,345.56 (-0.13 percent)
Nasdaq: 2,837.42 (+0.32 percent)
Russell 2000: 838.09 (+0.62 percent)

In other news:

  • This time last year the market took a historic tumble. Today is the anniversary of the flash crash. [Reuters]
  • General Motors (NYSE: GM) is on a roll. The automaker has posted five consecutive quarters in the black, and tripled earnings in Q1. [Marketwatch]
  • Unemployment may be up but consumers are still spending, at least in April. Retail companies like Gap (NYSE: GPS), Limited Brands (NYSE: LTD), and Macy's (NYSE: M) all saw strong sales last month. [NY Times]
  • Is Twitter really changing the way Wall Street traders follow the stock market? [USA Today]
  • Margin increases seem to be the reason why gold and silver continue to see a sell-off. ETF investors in iShares Silver Trust (NYSE: SLV) and SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD) are feeling the pain, but physically backed ETFs like ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSE: SGOL) and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSE: SIVR) have held up a little better. [The Street]

Check back as more news develops.


Jobless claims rose by 43,000 to 474,000 in the past week.

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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
GTH:CA U.S. Geothermal Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
COG Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation 18.17 -0.16 -0.87 6,758,419 Trade
HES Hess Corporation 65.58 -1.33 -1.99 2,494,408 Trade
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 130.11 -0.30 -0.23 4,820,184 Trade
VLO Valero Energy Corporation 83.55 -0.05 -0.06 2,514,380 Trade
MPC Marathon Petroleum Corporation 53.92 0.16 0.30 3,637,620 Trade
AXP American Express Company 117.79 -0.95 -0.80 1,987,282 Trade
UTX United Technologies Corporation 137.53 -0.13 -0.09 2,191,496 Trade
FRGI Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc. 10.41 -0.06 -0.57 298,721 Trade
MCD McDonald's Corporation 210.52 0.09 0.04 2,606,926 Trade
SCTY Monitronics International Inc - Ordinary Shares 7.60 0.00 0.00 1,080
BBY Best Buy Co. Inc. 67.59 0.44 0.66 1,387,087 Trade
HPQ HP Inc. 18.75 0.04 0.21 10,150,634 Trade
NFLX Netflix Inc. 286.60 -4.96 -1.70 8,534,433 Trade
Z Zillow Group Inc. 30.74 -0.35 -1.13 1,579,068 Trade
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 54.52 0.29 0.53 8,074,559 Trade
SSTK Shutterstock Inc. 36.12 -0.26 -0.71 166,092 Trade
ANGI ANGI Homeservices Inc. 7.41 0.21 2.92 3,990,966 Trade
WMT Walmart Inc. 117.11 -0.05 -0.04 3,392,035 Trade
IBM International Business Machines Corporation 142.97 0.75 0.53 3,178,085 Trade
AMZN Amazon.com Inc. 1,821.50 4.04 0.22 2,066,574 Trade
BA The Boeing Company 384.44 -1.97 -0.51 3,018,854 Trade



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