As the global currencies continue to be in flux, and the term “currency wars” start to become used a bit more from members of the media, the equity markets are seeing little effects from currency movements at this point. Things could always change, however, so it’s worth our time to keep an eye on it.
Looking at the markers, which traded fairly quiet for a second day in a row (ahead of tonight’s State of the Union address from the President), earnings results were moving several stocks. On the upside, investors may be feeling a bit of stabilization from the likes of Avon Products (AVP) and Masco (MAS) following their numbers. On the flip side, the reaction wasn’t as bullish for the likes of Coca-Cola (KO), Marsh & McLennan (MMC), Valspar (VAL), Huntsman Corp (HUN), and Fidelity National Information Services (FIS).
Elsewhere, shares of W.W. Grainger (GWW) were higher following the company’s latest monthly sales update. Wall Street calls did have an effect on stocks as well, with J.M. Smucker Co. (SJM) and Boston Properties (BXP) gaining on positive commentary, while wireless giant Qualcomm (QCOM) pulled back on cautious analyst commentary. Finally, shares of Apple (AAPL) were under the microscope once again as the company’s CEO Tim Cook made comments about the company’s prospects at a tech conference. The biggest soundbytes surrounded the recent focus on the company’s cash hoard, which Mr. Cook commented the company is open to several possibilities, which include a potentially large acquisition. Shares ended near the lows as some investors were hoping for a bit more clarity as far as shareholder returns were concerned.
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