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Market Recap: Econ Data Helps Lift Stocks


Stocks snapped a losing streak to end the day higher.

Major indexes moved higher for the first time in three sessions. The Dow Industrials added +60 points, or +0.49% to 12362, the S&P 500 gained +6 points, or +0.46% to 1334, and the Nasdaq Composite added +10 points, or +0.45% to 2286.

Futures received a small lift on this morning's economic data. The Labor Department showed the Producer Price Index increased 1.1% on a month-over-month basis above expectations of 0.6%. But core figures, less food and energy, was inline with an increase of 0.2%. Read Professor Kevin Depew's Five Things You Need To Know.

Further helping stocks was the New York Fed's Empire State manufacturing index.
Business activity in the state of New York unexpectedly stabilized in April after declining in February and March. Economists expected the index to come in at -17.0 in March after a previous reading of -22.2, but the report came in at a positive 0.6.

Equity markets did tick downwards after State Street (STT) revealed that it purchased $850 million of assets from commercial paper-backed conduits that it sponsors, bringing them onto its own balance sheet. STT lost $11.6 million on the transaction and also disclosed that its conduits held $28.3 billion of assets as of the end of March with unrealized mark-to-market losses of $1.49 billion. STT shares plunged -10% to $69.23.

The rest of the financial sector; however, recovered by day's end. Notables include Lehman Brothers (LEH) +0.74% to $39.67. Morgan Stanley (MS) added +1.28% to $43.52, and Citigroup (C) closed +1.29% to $22.80. See Todd's Answers I Really Wanna Know.

Elsewhere, shares of Crocs (CROX) plunged 40%. The maker of rubber clogs cut 1Q guidance saying earnings would come in between $0.08 and $0.13 per share versus previous forecasts of $0.46. Analysts were expecting EPS of $0.45. 1Q revenues are expected to range from $195-200 million vs. $223 million consensus. Further Crocs issued downside guidance for 2Q with EPS in the range of $0.45 -$0.50 vs. prior forecasts of $0.79. The company also announced it will cut 600 of its Canadian plant workers. CEO Ron Snyder cited a "challenging" retail environment with a slowing in traffic and consumer spending. Read Todd's Random Thoughts.

In commodities, crude oil moved higher +2.19 to 113.95. Gold added +3.30 to 928.70. Silver gained +0.060 to 17.850, and copper fell -3.55 to 389.10.

The dollar index gained +0.049 to 71.856.

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Below is a recap of some of the idea flow on today's Buzz & Banter. Please note that stocks may appear in both bullish and bearish categories, due to long and short term trades by our many Minyanville professors.

Some bullish trade or investment ideas: RIMM, FSLR, CCJ, BHP, FCX, CSE, WMT, EWZ, AMX, BJS, CNQ, OXY, GEF, SPX, retail, solars, shippers, QLD, (DUG – inverse ETF)

Some bearish trade or investment ideas: IBM, DECK, CROX, GRMN, SWHC, IBB,

We're on the hump tomorrow. Have a great night.
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