Nasdaq Composite (Figure 3)
The S&P 500 ($SPX) rose 3.77 points, or 0.29%, and closed at 1,297.54. The strongest percentage performer in the index was Jabil Circuit (JBL) (+10.88%). Other top performers included Cintas Corp. (CTAS) (+5.72%), Iron Mountain Inc. (IRM) (+5.35%), and Discover Financial Services (DFS) (+5.35%). The biggest losers were Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE) (-3.65%), Newfield Exploration Co. (NFX) (-3.10%), Zions Bancorporation (ZION) (-2.48%), and Medco Health Solutions (MHS) (-2.21%).
The Nasdaq Composite ($COMPX) ended the session higher by 14.43 points, or 0.54, on Wednesday and it closed at 2,698.30. The strongest performers in the Nasdaq-100 were Starbucks (SBUX) (+4.98%), F5 Networks (FFIV) (+4.36%), Baidu (BIDU) (+4.32%), and Lam Research (LRCX) (+4.03%). The weakest performers were Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE) (-3.65%), Yahoo (YHOO) (-1.41%), and Flir Systems (FLIR) (0.95%). For those who trade the ETFs, be sure to note that on Wednesday the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.'s (NDAQ) symbol for the PowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1 changed from QQQQ to QQQ.
On the data front, new home sales hit a record low last month, casting yet another dismal eye on real estate. Sales fell 16.9% in February to an annual rate of 250,000 from an adjusted 301,000 in January. Existing home sales on Monday had fallen 9.6% month-over-month. On Thursday watch for the latest unemployment numbers and durable goods orders.
Earnings to keep an eye on throughout the remainder of the week are Best Buy (BBY), GameStop (GME), Lennar (LEN), Oracle (ORCL), and Research In Motion (RIMM) on Thursday and KBHome (KBH) on Friday.
Unless otherwise stated, the index action described in this article relates to the E-mini futures contracts for the respective indices. Actual index action may differ slightly in terms of pattern formation, although the market bias will remain the same.
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