Stock Market Today – SPLS and PETM drop while AAP and LTD advance – HP big loser

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(Best Syndication News) Stock markets around the world advanced today with some individuals stocks declining (see stock charts below). All S&P sectors were higher with the exception of Utilities.

The share price of Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) fell 3.02 (-15.37%) to $16.63. This was the biggest percentage drop in 11 years, but despite disappointing earnings figures the share price is rising in after hours.

PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETM) released their earnings report today and the stock price fell 0.21 (-0.49%) to $42.49. The price began climbing again in after hours. The rise in first-quarter profits was better than expected. In afterhours the share price was up more than five percent.

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) advanced 0.94 (1.35%) to $70.66 during the trading day, but began falling in after-hours. The Street expected $1.39 eps but the company reported $1.35, a difference of 2.88 percent. The share price fell over seven percent in after-hours.

The share price of Limited Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LTD) was up 0.83 (1.99%) to $42.45. After the close of trading, the company revealed earnings of 40 cents per share. This was higher than the estimates of 39 cents. The company operates two companies: Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works.

Dow Jones

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) jumped 80.60 points (+0.65%) to 12,560.18. The biggest winner was Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) while the biggest loser was Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ).

Caterpillar was down five days in a row before the stocks advanced Wednesday. HP continues a six-day in-a-row downward trend.

S&P Sectors

The S&P 500 index was up 11.70 points (+0.88%) to 1,340.68.

All of the S&P sectors were higher today with the exception of utilities (see S&P Sector chart below). The material sector was 2.10 percent higher and the energy sector was up 1.97 percent.

On Thursday GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), The Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) and Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST) will release their earnings reports.

By: Dan Wilson

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Stock Indexes:

Wednesday U.S. Markets 1 Day 1 Day 1 Week 30-Day 100-Day
5/18/2011 Pt Change % Change % Change % Change % Change
12,560.18 Dow Jones Industrial Avg 80.60 0.65% -0.55% 1.21% 8.56%
1,340.68 S&P 500 11.70 0.88% -0.10% 0.54% 6.58%
2,815.00 Nasdaq Composite Index 31.79 1.14% -1.06% 0.67% 5.71%
Wednesday World Market Indexes 1 Day 1 Day 1 Week 30-Day 100-Day
18-May-11 Pt Change % Change % Change % Change % Change
139.26 DJ Asian Titans 50 0.92 0.67% -2.74% -1.29% -3.95%
2170.18 The Global Dow 16.48 0.77% -1.36% -1.41% 4.29%
9,662.08 Nikkei 225 Japan 95.06 0.99% -2.05% 0.74% -5.54%
2,872.75 Shanghai China 19.98 0.70% -0.39% -4.50% 4.10%
23,011.14 Hang Seng Hong Kong China 110.06 0.48% -1.20% -5.23% 0.05%
2606.65 Dow Stoxx - 50 Europe 11.85 0.46% -1.76% -1.24% 0.22%
2867.3 DJ Euro Stoxx - 50 Europe 17.70 0.62% -2.55% -3.25% 2.15%
5,923.49 FTSE 100 England 62.49 1.07% -0.88% -1.40% -0.80%
3,978.00 CAC 40 France 36.42 0.92% -1.97% -1.25% 3.30%
7,303.53 DAX Germany 46.88 0.65% -2.56% 1.74% 5.63%
4,693.70 S&P ASX 200 Australia 9.80 0.21% -1.81% -4.37% -2.02%
18,086.20 BSE Sensex Bombay India -51.15 -0.28% -2.68% -7.68% -11.29%
62,840.61 Brazil Bovespa Stock Index -832.73 -1.31% -1.47% -9.16% -8.86%
13,607.25 Canada S&P/TSX 166.19 1.24% 1.40% -3.55% 1.29%

Dow Constituents:


Wednesday Dow Constituents One Day One Day 5-Day 100-Day 100-Day 100-Day
5/18/2011 Name Point Ch. % Change % Change % Change Max Min
36.49 Hewlett-Packard Co (0.42) -1.14% -10.74% -13.63% 48.99 36.49
11.79 Bank of America... (0.11) -0.92% -3.36% -11.62% 15.25 11.79
87.15 United Technologies... (0.67) -0.76% -2.70% 9.91% 90 78.33
55.18 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (0.36) -0.65% -0.97% 2.68% 57.57 51.37
67.38 The Procter & Gamble... (0.04) -0.06% 0.81% 4.05% 67.42 59.73
37.09 Verizon Communication (0.02) -0.05% -0.91% 4.13% 38.61 34.3
170.44 Intl. Business Machines (0.06) -0.04% -1.05% 16.97% 172.87 145.71
16.65 Cisco Systems, Inc. 0.01 0.06% -1.65% -18.18% 22.05 16.6
93.94 3M Company 0.08 0.09% -2.80% 8.30% 97.23 86.14
34.88 Kraft Foods Inc. 0.05 0.14% 0.37% 9.48% 34.89 30.49
66.5 Johnson & Johnson 0.10 0.15% -1.03% 7.17% 67.19 57.66
37.46 The Home Depot, Inc. 0.06 0.16% 0.46% 6.75% 38.48 34.38
21.18 Pfizer Inc. 0.04 0.19% 1.39% 20.41% 21.18 17.49
31.2 AT&T Inc. 0.08 0.26% -1.39% 6.74% 31.86 27.33
68.3 The Coca-Cola Co 0.31 0.46% -0.01% 4.50% 68.31 61.6
51.06 American Express Co 0.30 0.59% 3.07% 19.33% 51.06 42.36
77.14 The Boeing Company 0.46 0.60% -2.86% 18.93% 79.95 64.86
44.08 JPMorgan Chase & Co. 0.27 0.62% -0.02% 3.45% 48 42.23
63 The Travelers Co 0.43 0.69% -1.33% 13.19% 64.05 53.33
24.69 Microsoft Corporation 0.17 0.69% -2.49% -11.85% 28.87 24.52
81.5 McDonald's Corporation 0.57 0.70% 1.04% 6.63% 81.5 72.67
37.58 Merck & Co., Inc. 0.31 0.83% 1.02% 3.81% 37.58 31.08
19.76 General Electric Co 0.17 0.87% -1.89% 7.86% 21.52 18.19
41.42 The Walt Disney Co 0.41 1.00% -0.38% 10.87% 44.07 37.36
23.88 Intel Corporation 0.33 1.40% 0.76% 14.37% 23.88 19.49
16.69 Alcoa Inc. 0.24 1.46% -2.68% 9.44% 18.13 15.13
81.74 Exxon Mobil Corp 1.33 1.65% 0.85% 11.33% 87.98 73.12
53.29 E.I. du Pont 0.99 1.89% -1.11% 6.97% 56.79 48.12
102.86 Chevron Corporation 2.45 2.44% 0.10% 12.80% 109.66 90.41
105.25 Caterpillar Inc. 3.17 3.11% -3.11% 12.34% 115.41 92.75

S&P Sectors:

Wednesday Sector Name One-Day One-Week 30-Day 100-Day 100-Day
5/18/2011 % Change % Change % Change % Change High
554.08 Energy 1.97% 0.56% -5.76% 10.38% 598.02
241.82 Materials 2.10% -0.74% -4.31% 1.61% 254.77
323.85 Industrials 1.11% -1.69% -1.36% 7.71% 334.56
319.92 Consumer Discretionary 1.15% -0.82% 2.68% 7.61% 322.58
331.9 Consumer Staples 0.20% 0.36% 6.08% 8.98% 331.9
420.57 Health Care 0.78% 0.73% 8.87% 14.62% 420.57
214.39 Financials 0.49% -0.40% -4.55% 0.36% 231.16
419.77 Info Tech 0.75% -2.16% 0.47% 3.62% 438.64
134.6 Telecom Svc 0.29% -0.77% 2.07% 5.31% 135.97
172.23 Utilities -0.34% -0.03% 5.25% 7.82% 172.81
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