Stock Market Today – First Solar (FSLR) and Apple (AAPL) Among Losers while Rowan (RDC) Among Winners

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(Best Syndication News) Markets were higher in Asia Friday but are opening mixed in Europe on continued EU concerns (see the stock charts below). Commodities and equities were higher Thursday as the dollar crumbled against most major currencies.

While the Shanghai composite index (China) advanced only 0.35 percent, the Hang Seng (Hong Kong) and Nikkei 225 (Japan) were up over one percent Friday. The FTSE 100 (England) has opened higher while the CAC-40 (France) and DAX (Germany) were lower (see the world chart below for Thursday’s results).

Positive earnings results from Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) helped provide confidence early Thursday, however initial jobless claims were higher than expected while the trade deficit shrank.

Markets gained Wednesday and Friday after five-straight days of declines. Investor confidence grew after the European Central Bank (ECB) signaled they may renew a bond-purchase program.

Gold and oil prices rebounded. Gold gained more than twenty dollars during the session Thursday, but the precious metal is down six dollars to $1674.60 after the settle. Light sweet crude oil (WSI) gained 94 cents during the day’s session, however slipped 44 cents to 103.20 since the session close.

Only 27 of the 187 stocks in our widely-held index were lower (see widely-held index chart below). First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) slipped more than any other constituent.

FSLR fell more than two percent during the trading day on above average volume. Investors took profits after two straight days of phenomenal gains. In the after-hours, FSLR is up 19 cents to $22.19.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was one of the few decliners. The volume of trading was below average. e-Book legal issues put downward pressure on the world’s largest company. In the after-hours AAPL continued to fall, down $1.35 (-0.22%) to $621.42.

Rowan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:RDC) gained more than any other stock in our index. The oil drilling company gained nearly 10 percent in Thursday’s session on volume 200 percent average volume.

Higher oil and gold prices benefited the energy and materials sectors (see the sector charts below). A change in their corporate structure helped RDC specifically. In the after-hours RDC is down 10 cents (-0.31%) to $33.89.

By: Dan Wilson

Widely-held stock chart:


Thursday One Day One Day 1-Week
4/12/2012 Name Change % %
0.268 Eastman Kodak Company -0.01 -2.55% -7.59% 1
22 First Solar, Inc. -0.50 -2.22% 1.24% 2
48.87 Fastenal Company -0.76 -1.53% -7.69% 3
58.83 Quest Diagnostics Inc -0.74 -1.24% -3.68% 4
97.64 McDonald's Corporation -0.92 -0.93% 0.16% 5
39.14 Dr Pepper Snapple Group... -0.33 -0.84% -2.88% 6
37.89 Exelon Corporation -0.29 -0.76% -2.57% 7
43.48 CVS Caremark Corporation -0.27 -0.62% -1.87% 8
38.26 Merck & Co., Inc. -0.22 -0.57% -1.65% 9
622.77 Apple Inc. -3.43 -0.55% -0.25% 10
           
           
3.27 Office Depot, Inc. 0.15 4.81% -1.21% 477
16.98 Nabors Industries Ltd. 0.83 5.14% 1.62% 478
5.35 Tenet Healthcare... 0.27 5.31% 0.00% 479
41.37 Allegheny Technologies... 2.14 5.46% 4.08% 480
37.89 Freeport-McMoRan Copper... 2.11 5.90% -0.37% 481
71.16 Cliffs Natural Resources... 4.42 6.62% 4.22% 482
7.65 AK Steel Holding... 0.48 6.69% 4.22% 483
25.1 Hewlett-Packard Company 1.69 7.22% 7.86% 484
29.34 Peabody Energy Corporati... 2.04 7.47% 3.20% 485
29.37 United States Steel... 2.05 7.50% 2.33% 486
33.99 Rowan Companies, Inc. 2.99 9.65% 3.79% 487

World Market Chart:

Thursday World Stock Indexes 1 Day 1 Day 1 Week 30-Day 100-Day
4/12/2012 N. & S. AMERICA Pt Change % Change % Change % Change % Change
12,986.58 Dow Jones Industrial 181.19 1.41% -0.56% 0.07% 15.62%
1,387.57 S&P 500 18.86 1.38% -0.75% 1.31% 19.76%
3,055.55 NASDAQ Composite 39.09 1.30% -0.81% 2.67% 25.15%
12,214.65 S&P TSX Canada 187.89 1.56% 0.92% -3.39% 6.57%
63,058.00 Brazil Bovespa Stock 1,764.86 2.88% -0.99% -6.97% 14.87%
39,357.81 IPC MXX - Mexico 190.67 0.49% -0.10% 2.69% 13.84%
2,562.68 MerVal Buenos Aires 58.78 2.35% 0.20% -7.06% 5.63%
808.59 Russell 2000 Sm-Cap 12.00 1.51% -1.17% 0.77% 21.38%
820.99 Russell 3000 98% Mkt 11.62 1.44% -0.78% 1.13% 20.05%
EUROPE
5,710.46 FTSE 100 England 75.72 1.34% -0.23% -3.39% 10.57%
3,269.79 CAC 40 France 32.10 0.99% -1.51% -6.61% 14.45%
6,743.24 DAX Germany 68.51 1.03% -0.47% -2.57% 22.76%
714.78 Athens Greece Comp. -8.83 -1.22% 1.01% -4.61% 7.61%
758 IGBM Madrid Spain -6.19 -0.81% -1.83% -12.10% -2.79%
6,125.39 SSMI - Swiss Market 65.57 1.08% -0.62% -0.39% 13.53%
15,860.63 FTSE Italia All (Italy) 182.84 1.17% -2.33% -11.27% 7.98%
ASIA & PACIFIC
2,350.86 Shanghai China 41.94 1.82% 2.11% -4.43% -1.26%
9,524.79 Nikkei 225 Japan 66.05 0.70% -2.49% -2.58% 16.73%
20,327.32 Hang Seng Hong Kong 186.65 0.93% -1.29% -5.73% 14.91%
7,662.92 TSEC Taiwan Exchange 6.25 0.08% 0.30% -5.56% 12.95%
4,324.00 S&P ASX 200 Australia 63.20 1.48% 0.10% 1.19% 8.53%
17,332.62 BSE Sensex Bombay 133.22 0.77% -0.88% -1.73% 10.43%
5,276.85 CNX NIFTY NSE India 50.00 0.96% -0.87% -1.54% 12.03%
1,986.63 Korea Com KOSPI 5.87 0.30% -2.08% -2.36% 11.83%
2978.14 STI Singapore 28.89 0.98% -0.27% -0.51% 12.64%

Sector Chart:

Thursday S&P Sector Name (10) One-Day One-Week 30-Day 100-Day
4/12/2012 % Change % Change % Change % Change
522.64 Energy 2.08% -1.67% -7.08% 2.77%
230.86 Materials 2.79% -0.52% -2.35% 11.11%
317.6 Industrials 2.06% -1.05% -0.98% 12.94%
353.27 Consumer Discretionary 1.35% -0.08% 2.74% 18.06%
346.81 Consumer Staples 0.18% -1.28% 1.84% 8.91%
427.5 Health Care 0.57% -1.55% 1.84% 12.45%
208.64 Financials 1.96% -0.47% 3.90% 24.96%
495.04 Info Tech 1.33% 0.09% 4.03% 20.68%
128.92 Telecom Svc 0.95% -1.90% -0.66% 5.06%
175.02 Utilities 0.38% -2.02% -0.92% 0.76%
Thursday Dow Sectors (10) One-Day One-Week 30-Day 100-Day
4/12/2012 % Change % Change % Change % Change
3062.58 Basic Materials 3.26% -0.06% -3.11% 9.16%
3577.36 Consumer Goods 0.61% -1.43% 0.92% 11.10%
3952.1 Consumer Services 1.23% -0.01% 2.66% 16.49%
3198.24 Financials 1.76% -0.52% 3.33% 22.24%
3609.42 Health Care 0.59% -1.85% 1.30% 14.08%
3343.9 Industrials 1.99% -0.97% -0.55% 13.99%
5735.44 Oil & Gas 2.18% -1.74% -7.36% 3.08%
7490.28 Technology 1.38% -0.03% 3.57% 19.80%
1102.83 Telecommunications 0.99% -1.77% -0.65% 6.50%
1814.12 Utilities 0.44% -2.17% -1.21% 0.72%

Commodity Chart:

Thursday Survey # 2 (BSNCOM2) One-Day One-Day 1 Week 30-Day 100-Day
4/12/2012 Energy and Metal Settle $ Change % Change % Change % Change % Change
2109.00 Aluminum 3-mo LME 34.50 1.66% 0.48% -8.66% -1.17%
121.71 Brent crude (not settled) 1.53 1.27% -2.52% -1.98% 6.61%
57.12 Coal 0.27 0.47% -1.30% -8.29% -19.24%
3.72 Copper HG 0.08 2.32% -1.85% -4.33% 7.42%
103.64 Crude oil (WTI) 0.94 0.92% 2.14% -4.53% 4.70%
2.24 Ethanol ZE CBOT 0.00 0.22% -1.10% 0.09% -15.31%
1680.60 Gold GC 20.30 1.22% 4.12% -5.31% -6.01%
3.17 Heating Oil (HO) 0.05 1.65% 0.17% -3.55% -0.17%
1.98 Natural gas NG HH 0.00 -0.05% -7.38% -23.82% -44.67%
652.15 Palladium PA 16.50 2.60% 3.22% -7.54% -1.59%
1601.50 Platinum PL 21.70 1.37% 0.18% -6.58% -2.66%
3.36 RB RBOB Gasoline 0.06 1.86% 0.69% 1.64% 28.92%
32.53 Silver SI 1.00 3.19% 4.77% -8.44% -6.22%
690.00 Steel Hot-Roll Coil 0.00 0.00% -0.72% -5.22% 9.52%
51.40 UxC Uranium U3O8 0.15 0.29% 0.78% -1.44% -1.72%
4/12/2012 Averages and Ratios Change One-Day 1 Week 30-Day 100-Day
357.5 Average All 4.47 1.27% 1.72% -5.93% -2.10%
670.3 Metals Average 9.96 1.51% 2.33% -6.16% -3.93%
41.9 Energy Average 0.41 0.98% -0.64% -4.31% -0.90%
51.7 Ratio Gold/Silver Prices -1.00 -1.90% -0.62% 3.42% 0.22%
-79.1 Difference Plat-Gold 1.40 -1.74% 410.32% 30.53% -44.65%
1.05 Ratio Plat/Gold 0.00 -0.15% 3.93% 1.36% -3.45%
1.2 Ratio Brent / WTI Prices 0.00 0.35% -4.56% 2.67% 1.83%
$18.07 Difference Brent - CL 0.59 3.38% -22.74% 15.76% 19.12%

Forex Chart:

Green = $ UP Intra-Day Trend Green = $ UP
Red = $ Down 4/12/2012 Survey 5A Survey 5B Survey 5C Red = $ Down
From Previous Time PT 12:00 AM 6:00PM 9:30PM Intra-Day Average
-0.05% USD/JPY 80.87 81.13 80.97 0.12% 80.990
0.53% EUR/USD 1.317 1.3183 1.3173 0.02% 1.318
0.23% GBP/USD 1.5938 1.5954 1.594 0.01% 1.594
-0.87% CAD/USD 0.9952 0.9952 0.9955 0.03% 0.995
-0.01% USD/HKD 7.7644 7.7615 7.7623 -0.03% 7.763
1.41% AUD/USD 1.044 1.0412 1.0392 -0.46% 1.041
-0.02% USD/CNY 6.3069 6.297 6.2997 -0.11% 6.301

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