Stock Market Today – Western Union (WU) General Motors (GM) Marathon (MRO) Schlumberger (SLB) Report

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(Best Syndication News) Stock markets in Asia closed mixed Thursday after an up-day on Wall Street Wednesday (see the stock charts below). Half of the S&P sectors were lower Wednesday, with the energy sector dropping the most.

Widely-Held Stocks

Only 39 of the 90 stocks in our widely-held index were lower on Wednesday (see the widely-held stock chart below). The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) lost the most, down ten percent on volume over 800 percent above average.

A worse-than-expected earnings report / guidance triggered a sell-off of WU; however the share price is up 1.13 percent in the after-hours, hitting $17.93. There was a wide range between the bid and ask price.

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) was the second worst performing stock in the widely-held index. The share price dropped nearly two percent on volume 50 percent above average.

Like WU, GM rebounded in the after-hours, up two cents to $25.77 a share. Sluggish sales in China could have triggered the slip. There was a report that European Opel/Vauxhall brands will not breach an agreement with labor by closing a plant and laying off workers. The European unit is also expected to report losses in the fourth quarter.

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) was another widely-held laggard. The stock dropped nearly 1.5 percent during the trading day. The Dow oil and gas sector fell 0.41 percent, one of only three Dow sectors to drop Wednesday (see the sector chart below).

Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB), a supplier of high-tech products to the oil and gas industry, slipped more than 1.3 percent during the trading day. There was a report that Ecuador may be looking to renegotiate a deal with the company, but in five years. The stock has been down two straight days and was lower in the after-hours.

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) was another energy sector laggard. The share price dropped 1.18 percent (-0.64 percent w/ dividend payment).

XOM continued to fall in the after-hours, down seven cents to $85.25. There was a bid of $77.53 on 100 shares and an ask of $85.30 on 300 shares.

By: Dan Wilson

Widely-Held Stock Index Chart:

Wednesday Widely Held
Stocks
One Day One Day Five Day 30-Day 100-Day
2/8/2012 Company Change % Change % Change % Change % Change
17.73 The Western Union... -1.97 -10.00% -7.66% -3.38% 7.58% 1
25.75 General Motors Company -0.47 -1.79% 5.66% 28.17% 13.89% 2
2.41 Sprint Nextel Corporatio... -0.04 -1.63% 8.07% 3.88% -28.27% 3
68.06 Amgen, Inc. -1.11 -1.60% -2.55% 5.65% 20.01% 4
54.27 Gilead Sciences, Inc. -0.81 -1.47% 10.42% 36.08% 34.30% 5
32.69 Marathon Oil Corporation -0.47 -1.42% 3.51% 11.42% 29.06% 6
78.41 Schlumberger Limited. -1.09 -1.37% 3.01% 14.30% 7.65% 7
85.32 Exxon Mobil Corporation -1.02 -1.18% 1.61% 0.05% 14.45% 8
60.46 Hess Corp. -0.72 -1.18% 6.58% 5.75% -1.87% 9
103.8 Occidental Petroleum... -1.04 -0.99% 4.53% 8.75% 24.58% 10
               
               
27.04 American Intl. Group... 0.34 1.27% 1.65% 13.47% 6.29% 80
476.68 Apple Inc. 7.85 1.67% 4.49% 17.26% 19.02% 81
29.46 Hewlett-Packard Company 0.51 1.76% 2.43% 14.85% 25.20% 82
81.74 United Technologies... 1.46 1.82% 1.89% 10.41% 8.26% 83
13 Applied Materials, Inc. 0.26 2.04% 3.42% 20.04% 12.36% 84
0.284 Federal National... 0.01 2.53% 27.93% 29.68% 4.03% 85
2.19 Sirius XM Radio Inc. 0.07 3.30% 2.34% 20.33% 19.67% 86
34.23 Citigroup Inc. 1.16 3.51% 8.32% 27.25% 18.08% 87
8.16 Micron Technology, Inc. 0.28 3.55% 5.97% 30.56% 16.07% 88
8.13 Bank of America Corp 0.28 3.57% 10.46% 48.36% 12.45% 89
21.31 Level 3 Communications... 1.72 8.78% 9.73% 23.68% -10.08% 90

Sector Tables:

Wednesday S&P Sector Name (10) One-Day One-Week 30-Day 100-Day 100-Day
2/8/2012 % Change % Change % Change % Change High
549.01 Energy -0.55% 3.40% 4.48% 10.11% 552.03
238.36 Materials 0.20% 0.33% 11.23% 9.70% 239.7
321.08 Industrials 0.24% 1.62% 8.97% 16.27% 321.13
335.58 Consumer Discretionary 0.24% 2.42% 8.00% 12.55% 335.58
334.68 Consumer Staples 0.00% 0.71% -0.64% 4.78% 337.43
417.32 Health Care -0.12% -0.12% 3.27% 9.20% 418.36
198.75 Financials 0.77% 3.35% 12.71% 14.22% 198.75
456.94 Info Tech 0.65% 2.66% 10.83% 13.54% 456.94
127.07 Telecom Svc -0.02% 1.18% -1.75% 2.08% 129.91
177.29 Utilities -0.03% 0.19% -3.56% 2.63% 184.18
Wednesday Dow Sectors (10) One-Day One-Week 30-Day 100-Day 100-Day
2/8/2012 % Change % Change % Change % Change High
3225.57 Basic Materials 0.10% 1.15% 12.48% 7.59% 3244.85
3466.84 Consumer Goods 0.05% 1.67% 3.10% 6.71% 3466.84
3778.65 Consumer Services 0.20% 1.76% 6.91% 11.46% 3778.65
3070.92 Financials 0.52% 2.96% 10.86% 13.81% 3070.92
3537.78 Health Care -0.25% 0.03% 4.70% 10.54% 3551.52
3361.8 Industrials 0.18% 1.60% 10.05% 17.22% 3366.46
6031.06 Oil & Gas -0.41% 3.65% 5.11% 10.28% 6056.18
6988.59 Technology 0.78% 2.84% 11.95% 14.40% 6988.59
1089.57 Telecommunications 0.16% 1.49% 0.19% 2.32% 1096.63
1844.82 Utilities -0.03% 0.26% -3.12% 3.31% 1907.11

World Markets:

Wednesday World Stock Indexes 1 Day 1 Week 30-Day 100-Day 100-Day
2/8/2012 N. & S. AMERICA % Change % Change % Change % Change High
12,883.95 Dow Jones Industrial 0.04% 1.32% 4.86% 20.03% 12,883.95
1,349.96 S&P 500 0.22% 1.95% 6.88% 19.51% 1,349.96
2,915.86 NASDAQ Composite 0.41% 2.37% 11.56% 18.74% 2,915.86
12,521.02 S&P TSX Canada 0.07% 0.03% 5.74% 8.29% 12,577.28
65,831.16 Brazil Bovespa Stock -0.13% 1.96% 15.99% 23.56% 65,917.02
38,140.55 IPC MXX - Mexico 0.21% 1.14% 2.57% 17.79% 38,140.55
828.39 Russell 2000 Sm-Cap 0.12% 2.31% 11.20% 28.75% 831.11
803.47 Russell 3000 98% Mkt 0.20% 2.01% 7.75% 20.65% 803.47
EUROPE
5,875.93 FTSE 100 England -0.24% 1.47% 5.55% 16.55% 5,901.07
3,410.00 CAC 40 France -0.05% 1.26% 9.03% 22.59% 3,427.92
6,748.76 DAX Germany -0.08% 2.00% 15.39% 30.68% 6,766.67
809.12 Athens Greece Comp. 0.86% 1.64% 21.25% -2.52% 830.07
6,155.86 SSMI - Swiss Market -0.03% 1.42% 4.40% 16.40% 6,194.45
890.85 SMSI - Madrid Spain -0.06% 1.93% 4.85% 12.74% 932.74
17,621.50 FTSE Italia All (Italy) 1.31% 2.40% 12.47% 4.42% 17,727.38
ASIA & PACIFIC
2,347.01 Shanghai China 2.36% 3.45% 7.98% -3.93% 2,528.92
9,015.59 Nikkei 225 Japan 1.10% 2.34% 7.34% 5.32% 9,050.47
21,018.46 Hang Seng Hong Kong 1.54% 3.37% 14.24% 17.34% 21,018.46
7,869.91 TSEC Taiwan Exchange 2.11% 4.25% 11.24% 7.73% 7,869.91
4,269.20 S&P ASX 200 Australia -0.12% 1.03% 4.87% 7.67% 4,353.30
17,707.32 BSE Sensex Bombay 0.48% 2.35% 13.92% 8.23% 17,804.80
5,368.15 CNX NIFTY NSE India 0.62% 2.53% 15.54% 9.03% 5,368.15
2,003.73 Korea Com KOSPI 1.12% 2.27% 9.75% 11.28% 2,003.73
2982.2 STI Singapore 0.83% 2.67% 11.58% 9.62% 2,982.20

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