Apple added 0.8 percent to $521.01. Cook discussed “cooperation” with Chairman Xi Guohua at China Mobile’s headquarters in Beijing today. Cook is making his second visit to China in less than a year as Apple tries to reverse its shrinking share of the local smartphone market. The company’s growth in the world’s most populous nation has been limited by it only working with smaller carriers and by competition from domestic phone-makers.
Supervalu climbed 14 percent to $3.46. A Cerberus-led investor group agreed to acquire Supervalu’s Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and Star Market grocery stores. Cerberus also will lead a group to conduct a tender offer to buy as much as 30 percent of Supervalu’s common stock for $4 a share in cash, the companies said today in a statement.
News Corp. gained 1.7 percent to $26.83. The media company run by billionaire Rupert Murdoch was raised to outperform from market perform at Sanford C Bernstein & Co.
Tiffany slumped 4.7 percent to $60.28. High-income consumers’ confidence waned in the U.S. as the prospect of higher taxes approached, while sales of lower-priced jewelry continued to be under pressure during a holiday season that was muted for most retailers, David Schick, an analyst at Stifel Financial Corp., who recommends holding the shares, said in a Jan. 7 note.
Other luxury accessories makers slumped. Coach Inc. dropped 4.5 percent to $60.44 and Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. declined 1.3 percent to $52.60.
Investor sentiment toward U.S. stocks is poised to change for the better and contribute to a multiyear advance, according to Ralph Acampora, a partner and head of market research at Altaira Wealth Management LLC.
“I have never seen so many people so negative on the stock market for so long,” Acampora wrote yesterday in a posting on Twitter. The Minneapolis-based analyst has been a technical analyst, focusing on price charts, since 1966.
Optimism peaked in September 2011, judging by the average gap between the percentage of bulls and bears in the prior 52 weeks of American Association of Individual Investors surveys. The latest average was 2.6 percentage points, close to last year’s low of 2.02 points in July.
The potential for a sentiment shift was among 11 reasons that Acampora provided for being a “secular bull” in postings on Twitter, where he had about 3,750 followers as of yesterday. Gains in overseas stock markets and the 10-year Treasury note yield’s rise above 1.9 percent this month were among others.
“The March 2009 low was and is a generational low,” he wrote. “We will work our way irregularly higher.” The S&P 500 has more than doubled since dropping to a 12-year low of 676.53 on March 9, 2009.
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