Stock Market Today – PulteGroup (PHM) Ford (F) Whirlpool Corp (WHR) and Assurant, Inc. (AIZ) Report

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(Best Syndication News) Stock markets are opening higher in Asia Monday after a mixed Friday on Wall Street (see stock charts below). The Nikkei 225 (Japan) and the Hang Seng (Hong Kong) are higher Monday; however the Shanghai composite is lower.

Asian stocks are riding the wave of positive economic news in the United Sates. Last week initial jobless claims fell to a four-year low as wholesale prices climbed higher. The U.S. Department of Labor said that the number of initial claims fell 14,000 to 351,000 for the week ending March 10.

Wholesale prices in February increased the most in five months. Higher energy prices played a role in the price spike and some economists worry that higher crude oil costs could spoil the recovery.

The DJIA has been higher seven straight days, but that changed on Friday when the index fell 20 points to 13,232. The Dow experienced a slight decline, following a 2.40 percent run-up over the last week.

Widely-Held Stocks

PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) was the big loser in our widely-held index, falling more than three percent during Friday’s session (see the widely-held chart below). The volume was 10 percent above average.

A study found that the number of homeowners underwater continues to increase. This sent several homebuilder stocks lower by the end of the week. The housing sector continues to lag manufacturing and retail sales.

In the after-hours PHM gained seven cents to $9.36.

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) was another laggard. The share price slipped three percent. A lawsuit involving a faulty fuel tank put downward pressure on F. There are allegations that the company hid the problem.

In the after-hours Ford gained three cents to $12.54. There was a bid of $12.52 on 1,000 shares and an ask of $13.22 for 2,900 shares.

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) slipped 2.5 percent during the week-ending session. The decline follows three straight days of advances. The Dow consumer goods sector declined 0.26 percent Friday (see the sector charts below).

The financials were higher, up 0.18 percent, however Assurant, Inc. (NYSE:AIZ) didn’t follow suit. The share price of AIZ slipped 1.3 percent during Friday’s trading. The stock price suffered after a decision by California officials to require insurers to lower rates for homeowners who were lapsed on their previous homeowner policy.

By: Tom Madison
Business Reporter

World Markets:

Friday World Stock Indexes 1 Day 1 Day 1 Week 30-Day 100-Day
3/16/2012 N. & S. AMERICA Pt Change % Change % Change % Change % Change
13,232.62 Dow Jones Industrial -20.14 -0.15% 2.40% 3.02% 10.69%
1,404.17 S&P 500 1.57 0.11% 2.43% 4.45% 12.04%
3,055.26 NASDAQ Composite -1.11 -0.04% 2.24% 5.28% 13.81%
12,496.96 S&P TSX Canada 41.14 0.33% -0.05% -0.50% 2.00%
67,684.13 Brazil Bovespa Stock -65.36 -0.10% 1.47% 3.77% 16.02%
38,258.45 IPC MXX - Mexico 123.88 0.32% 1.51% 0.43% 5.80%
2,765.22 MerVal Buenos Aires 21.13 0.77% 3.75% -1.48% -4.83%
830.18 Russell 2000 Sm-Cap -1.28 -0.15% 1.61% 0.22% 12.03%
832.31 Russell 3000 98% Mkt 0.60 0.07% 2.28% 3.97% 12.22%
EUROPE
5,965.58 FTSE 100 England 24.86 0.42% 1.33% 1.25% 7.60%
3,594.83 CAC 40 France 14.62 0.41% 3.08% 5.57% 10.85%
7,157.82 DAX Germany 13.37 0.19% 4.03% 5.81% 16.55%
764.80 Athens Greece Comp. 14.48 1.93% 1.65% -2.57% -5.41%
856.04 IGBM Madrid Spain 6.75 0.79% 2.47% -3.87% -5.01%
6,341.33 SSMI - Swiss Market 9.11 0.14% 2.47% 3.16% 10.64%
18,089.39 FTSE Italia All (Italy) 91.80 0.51% 3.49% 4.00% 7.48%
ASIA & PACIFIC
2,405.11 Shanghai China 30.79 1.30% -1.41% 3.15% -2.55%
10,129.83 Nikkei 225 Japan 6.55 0.06% 2.02% 13.45% 12.70%
21,317.85 Hang Seng Hong Kong -35.68 -0.17% 1.10% 2.94% 7.31%
8,054.94 TSEC Taiwan Exchange -66.68 -0.82% 0.49% 4.77% 6.16%
4,276.20 S&P ASX 200 Australia -1.60 -0.04% 1.52% -0.46% -0.51%
17,466.20 BSE Sensex Bombay -209.65 -1.19% -0.21% -1.36% -1.35%
5,317.90 CNX NIFTY NSE India -62.60 -1.16% -0.29% -0.82% -0.16%
2,034.44 Korea Com KOSPI -9.32 -0.46% 0.80% 3.11% 6.57%
3010.68 STI Singapore -15.16 -0.50% 1.60% 2.40% 5.42%

Sector Chart:

Friday S&P Sector Name (10) One-Day One-Week 30-Day 100-Day 100-Day
3/16/2012 % Change % Change % Change % Change High
557.69 Energy 1.16% 1.25% 2.65% 7.61% 565.66
235.51 Materials 0.34% 1.72% -1.75% 9.59% 239.7
327.82 Industrials -0.09% 3.16% 2.08% 14.43% 328.13
350.9 Consumer Discretionary -0.36% 1.20% 5.09% 11.44% 352.17
345.99 Consumer Staples -0.12% 0.93% 3.43% 7.62% 346.55
426.74 Health Care -0.07% 1.42% 2.00% 9.87% 427.03
211.96 Financials 0.29% 5.86% 6.86% 17.48% 211.96
490.43 Info Tech 0.01% 3.14% 8.39% 16.55% 490.43
133.14 Telecom Svc -0.01% 1.03% 5.12% 7.80% 133.27
176.68 Utilities -0.27% -0.50% -0.06% 0.16% 184.18
Friday Dow Sectors (10) One-Day One-Week 30-Day 100-Day 100-Day
3/16/2012 % Change % Change % Change % Change High
3135.88 Basic Materials 0.59% 1.93% -3.36% 8.52% 3244.85
3584.84 Consumer Goods -0.34% 1.00% 3.69% 8.06% 3597.03
3936.01 Consumer Services -0.26% 1.12% 4.31% 11.77% 3946.12
3240.91 Financials 0.18% 4.80% 5.54% 16.43% 3240.91
3618.46 Health Care -0.03% 1.50% 1.88% 11.21% 3619.72
3440.94 Industrials -0.09% 2.90% 2.21% 15.36% 3444.16
6143.67 Oil & Gas 1.27% 1.22% 3.22% 8.60% 6234.72
7439.55 Technology -0.09% 3.01% 7.66% 16.39% 7446.3
1136.95 Telecommunications 0.05% 1.01% 4.77% 7.68% 1136.95
1840.54 Utilities -0.20% -0.42% 0.10% 0.77% 1907.11

Widely-Held Stocks:

 


Friday One Day One Day 1-Week
3/16/2012 Name Change % %
9.29 PulteGroup, Inc. -0.32 -3.33% 2.99% 1
12.51 Ford Motor Company -0.39 -3.02% -0.56% 2
76.84 Whirlpool Corporation -1.98 -2.51% 2.05% 3
39.88 Assurant, Inc. -0.97 -2.37% -4.20% 4
6.62 RadioShack Corporation -0.15 -2.22% -5.43% 5
12.01 Dean Foods Company -0.25 -2.04% 0.00% 6
36.24 J.C. Penney Company... -0.75 -2.03% -3.77% 7
139 IntercontinentalExchange... -2.85 -2.01% -1.99% 8
26.77 Lincoln National... -0.52 -1.91% 8.38% 9
9.15 Genworth Financial Inc -0.17 -1.82% 2.81% 10
           
           
           
2.89 Sprint Nextel Corporatio... 0.09 3.21% 3.96% 477
110.01 Pioneer Natural... 3.46 3.25% 1.35% 478
22.8 Federated Investors Inc 0.79 3.59% 11.06% 479
8.2 AK Steel Holding... 0.30 3.80% 12.02% 480
83.56 National-Oilwell Varco... 3.33 4.15% 2.68% 481
72.43 Diamond Offshore... 2.89 4.16% 3.19% 482
29.08 First Solar, Inc. 1.24 4.45% 5.78% 483
17.46 Electronic Arts Inc. 0.75 4.49% 1.16% 484
33.25 Peabody Energy Corporati... 1.54 4.86% 6.57% 485
34.05 CONSOL Energy Inc. 1.67 5.16% 2.04% 486
9.8 Bank of America Corp 0.56 6.06% 21.74% 487

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