Stock Market Today – Micron Tech (MU) Walt Disney (DIS) Motorola (MSI) Apple (AAPL) and DELL Report

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(Best Syndication News) Stocks opened lower but rallied later in the day after reports came in from Europe that Greek leaders were close to an austerity agreement (see stock charts below). The DJIA average barely pushed through yesterday’s close after an early drop.

Last month Greece struggled to work out a deal with private bond holders, and now the government is fighting an unpopular uphill battle with citizens to impose higher taxes and budget cuts. The European sovereign debt crisis continues to play a major role in U.S. equity markets.

Widely Held Stocks

Nearly half (41) of the 90 stocks in widely-held stock index were lower on Wednesday (see the widely held stock chart below). Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) was the big winner; however the share price was up only two percent during the trading day.

The MU volume was 30 percent below average. In the after-hours the share price of MU added another penny to $7.89. Low volume and lack of enthusiasm, despite an upward trend in the NYSE since September, has been the norm for most stocks.

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) was another widely-held winner. Despite a better-than-expected earnings report, the share price dropped 1.42 percent in the after-hours, hitting $40.40 a share. There was a bid of $40.11 on 300 shares and an ask of $40.99 on 100 shares.

Only three of the S&P sectors were lower Tuesday (see the sector charts below). The consumer discretionary sector gained 0.41 percent, while the tech sector gained 0.31 percent.

Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) were technology sector winners.

MSI was up more than one percent during the trading day. There was a wide range between the ask and bid prices.

AAPL was up more than one percent Tuesday and his been higher three straight days. The company is working on some compatibility issues with their iPhone in China and has asked a telecommunications standards institute in Europe to clarify patent rules.

DELL was also up more than one percent during Tuesday’s trading. The computer maker will release their Q4 2012 earnings statement later this month, but optimism within the sector has helped buttress the share price.

By: Dan Wilson

Widely-Held Stock Chart:

Tuesday Widely Held
Stocks
One Day One Day Five Day 30-Day 100-Day
2/7/2012 Company Change % Change % Change % Change % Change
0.277 Federal National... -0.03 -8.58% 26.48% 15.42% 2.21% 1
51.92 Emerson Electric Co. -1.45 -2.72% 1.05% 12.16% 13.09% 2
33.46 Walgreen Company -0.82 -2.39% 0.30% -5.32% -10.29% 3
26.22 General Motors Comp -0.48 -1.80% 9.16% 27.90% 15.51% 4
55.08 Gilead Sciences, Inc. -0.95 -1.70% 12.73% 40.19% 38.32% 5
7.85 Bank of America Corp -0.12 -1.51% 10.10% 40.18% 7.09% 6
23.7 The Kroger Co. -0.36 -1.50% -0.25% -3.19% 4.82% 7
2.12 Sirius XM Radio Inc. -0.03 -1.40% 1.92% 17.13% 15.22% 8
20.26 Morgan Stanley -0.25 -1.22% 8.63% 28.55% 22.12% 9
21.69 The Bank of New York... -0.26 -1.18% 7.75% 8.02% 2.36% 10
               
               
29.45 U.S. Bancorp 0.29 0.99% 4.36% 7.13% 22.45% 81
17.83 Dell Inc. 0.18 1.02% 3.48% 19.66% 16.46% 82
12.74 Applied Materials, Inc. 0.13 1.03% 3.83% 17.74% 9.17% 83
468.83 Apple Inc. 4.86 1.05% 2.71% 16.24% 19.31% 84
47.19 Motorola Solutions Inc 0.49 1.05% 1.68% 0.15% 7.59% 85
19.7 The Western Union... 0.21 1.08% 3.14% 6.66% 19.47% 86
40.98 The Walt Disney Comp 0.52 1.29% 5.35% 8.70% 24.41% 87
100.91 McDonald's Corporation 1.42 1.43% 1.88% 0.76% 14.58% 88
52.03 UnitedHealth Group Inc. 0.74 1.44% 0.46% 1.32% 2.95% 89
7.88 Micron Technology, Inc. 0.16 2.07% 3.82% 23.32% 11.93% 90

Sector Chart:

Tuesday S&P Sector Name (10) One-Day One-Week 30-Day 100-Day 100-Day
2/7/2012 % Change % Change % Change % Change High
552.03 Energy 0.49% 4.45% 5.25% 10.63% 552.03
237.89 Materials -0.28% 1.18% 11.00% 9.88% 239.7
320.3 Industrials -0.02% 2.49% 8.51% 16.59% 321.13
334.78 Consumer Discretionary 0.41% 2.49% 7.96% 13.40% 334.78
334.69 Consumer Staples 0.05% 1.47% -0.67% 5.32% 337.43
417.84 Health Care 0.29% 0.97% 3.51% 9.85% 418.36
197.23 Financials -0.09% 4.25% 11.08% 13.57% 198.36
453.97 Info Tech 0.31% 2.94% 10.25% 13.91% 453.97
127.09 Telecom Svc 0.01% 1.91% -1.40% 3.34% 129.91
177.34 Utilities 0.69% 0.60% -2.77% 3.73% 184.18
Tuesday Dow Sectors (10) One-Day One-Week 30-Day 100-Day 100-Day
2/7/2012 % Change % Change % Change % Change High
3222.29 Basic Materials -0.57% 2.48% 12.10% 7.69% 3244.85
3465.25 Consumer Goods 0.18% 2.41% 3.12% 7.26% 3465.25
3771.26 Consumer Services 0.21% 2.36% 6.85% 12.24% 3773.49
3054.98 Financials -0.05% 4.09% 9.79% 13.45% 3070.69
3546.77 Health Care 0.11% 1.43% 5.20% 11.23% 3551.52
3355.78 Industrials -0.03% 2.87% 9.77% 17.37% 3366.46
6056.18 Oil & Gas 0.56% 4.59% 5.80% 10.63% 6056.18
6934.16 Technology 0.36% 3.23% 11.29% 14.46% 6934.16
1087.83 Telecommunications -0.02% 2.15% 0.31% 3.23% 1096.63
1845.31 Utilities 0.69% 0.73% -2.33% 4.23% 1907.11

World Market Chart:

Tuesday World Stock Indexes 1 Day 1 Day 1 Week 30-Day 100-Day
2/7/2012 N. & S. AMERICA Pt Change % Change % Change % Change % Change
12,878.20 Dow Jones Industrial 33.07 0.26% 1.94% 5.98% 15.76%
1,347.05 S&P 500 2.72 0.20% 2.64% 7.80% 15.45%
2,904.08 NASDAQ Composite 2.09 0.07% 3.21% 12.13% 14.42%
12,512.42 S&P TSX Canada -47.43 -0.38% 0.48% 6.68% 4.66%
65,917.02 Brazil Bovespa Stock 693.30 1.06% 4.51% 16.60% 17.75%
38,062.42 IPC MXX - Mexico -30.39 -0.08% 1.71% 3.87% 11.89%
827.37 Russell 2000 Sm-Cap -1.00 -0.12% 4.36% 12.54% 24.50%
801.86 Russell 3000 98% Mkt 1.30 0.16% 2.91% 8.72% 16.47%
EUROPE
5,890.26 FTSE 100 England -1.94 -0.03% 3.67% 6.95% 11.38%
3,411.54 CAC 40 France 6.27 0.18% 3.43% 11.09% 16.20%
6,754.20 DAX Germany -10.63 -0.16% 4.57% 17.03% 24.30%
802.21 Athens Greece Comp. 17.21 2.19% 0.88% 19.81% -6.28%
6,157.59 SSMI - Swiss Market 10.56 0.17% 3.13% 4.45% 12.46%
891.36 SMSI - Madrid Spain 0.90 0.10% 4.23% 6.53% 7.65%
17,394.21 FTSE Italia All (Italy) 1.00 0.01% 3.70% 11.80% 3.07%
ASIA & PACIFIC
2,292.88 Shanghai China -38.72 -1.66% 0.02% 5.65% -8.77%
8,917.52 Nikkei 225 Japan -11.68 -0.13% 1.31% 5.86% 2.02%
20,699.19 Hang Seng Hong Kong -10.75 -0.05% 1.51% 11.77% 9.96%
7,707.44 TSEC Taiwan Exchange 19.46 0.25% 2.53% 9.22% 2.28%
4,274.20 S&P ASX 200 Australia -21.80 -0.51% 0.27% 4.53% 4.97%
17,622.45 BSE Sensex Bombay -84.86 -0.48% 2.49% 12.05% 3.27%
5,335.15 CNX NIFTY NSE India -26.50 -0.49% 2.61% 13.37% 3.93%
1,981.59 Korea Com KOSPI 8.46 0.43% 1.32% 8.57% 6.87%
2957.78 STI Singapore 17.68 0.60% 1.76% 10.93% 5.95%

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