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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

STOCKS GET CRUSHED

Key West, Feb 2012 - 08
Key West, Feb 2012 - 08 (Photo credit: Ed Yourdon)
San Diego, Oct.24, swing trading .- Earnings announcements are getting uglier, and traders and investors are getting worried.
First the scoreboard:
Dow: 13,103, -242.3, -1.8 percent
S&P 500: 1,413, -20.1, -1.4 percent
NASDAQ: 2,990, -26.2, -0.8 percent
And now the top stories:
  • Chemical giant and Dow component DuPont tanked today after an ugly earnings announcement.  Both revenue and earnings fell short of expectations.  Management blamed declines in their electronics, communications, and performance chemicals business.  They also noted Asia was particularly weak.  The company also slashed full year earnings guidance and announced a new restructuring plan, which will include 1,500 layoffs. 
  • Other huge companies to slash guidance included Dow component 3M and semiconductor behemoth Texas Instruments.
  • One notable area of strength today was the Dow Transports, aka the "trannies."  Leading the trannies today is Ryder System, the trucking and logistics company that blew away earnings expectations and raised full-year guidance.  UPS was also up.
  • Yahoo! announced a stellar Q3.  This was the company's first earnings announcement with new CEO Marissa Mayer at the helm. Tech companies were among the leaders in today's market action.  Semiconductor giants AMD and NVIDIA were both up significantly.
  • Apple unveiled a slew of new products today including the iPad Mini, a new iPad, and several new iMacs.  It's worth noting that Apple shares immediately dropped by $8 after management announced the iPad Mini would be selling for $329.
  • Norfolk SouthernNetflix, and Facebook are among the big names announcing earnings after the bell today.  Follow the releases LIVE at BusinessInsider.com.

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