- Wal Mart Stores (WMT) down 3.5% w/Wal Mart down 4.5%. Sam's up 2.3%. Wal Mart says may will be better with a 1% to 2% gain.
- Target down 6.1%
- JC Penney down 4.7%
- Federated (FD) down 2.2%
- Abercrombie down 15%
- Kirkland's down 18.8%
- Kohl's (KSS) down 10.5%
- Nordstrom (JWN) up 3.1%
- Gottschalks down 5.1%
- Saks (SKS) up 12%
- Chicos (CHS) down 7.3%
- Sharper Image (SHRP) down 11%.
But China is going on a shopping spree: Chinese agree to purchase $4.3B in US technology.After no rate change by the Fed yesterday, ECB: ECB Holds Benchmark Rate at 3.75%, May Signal a June Increase. Bank of England: Bank of England makes quarter-point rate hike.
Latest economic data:
Trade Gap Widens in March
U.S. April import prices rise 1.3% on petroleum
U.S. weekly jobless claims fall 9,000 to 297,000. Not much reax in the bond market to the figures: 10-year Treasury up 1/32 at 98-22/32; yield 4.665%.
Earnings front fairly quiet:
Viacom 1Q Profit Falls 36 Percent
Pacific Ethanol posts Q1 profit - shares up 10%.
Success Eats Away At Whole Foods Market - shares down 11%.
On a world scale, The Baltic Dry Index continues to surge. In other words, world demand for "stuff" remains robust.
But don't get too giddy: Bank of America's Lewis Calls for Lending `Sanity'
Fascinating commentary about Warren Buffett on the Marketwatch site: "WRITING ON THE WALL World will be better when Buffett's gone".
A few analyst comments to note:
- Citi's Salomon reiterated a Buy on BEA Systems (BEAS) saying a takeover by HPQ makes sense, the Citi says it has no information of an impending deal.
- Mastercard (MA) upgraded from Sell to Hold citing recent strong Q1 results.
- Based on valuation Radio Shack downgraded to outperform at First Boston