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S&P Poise To Downgrade Euro Nations, Markets Tumble
Posted on January 13, 2012 at 09:41 AM EST
Standard & Poor's informed several European governments of possible credit downgrades sending the markets tumbling to a lower open with the Dow plunging 133 points to 12,337. Nasdaq dropped 28 points to 2696.
On the upside
Westlake Chemical offered approximately $1.03 billion in cash to acquire Georgia Gulf (NYSE: GGC).
Radian Group (NYSE: RDN) wrote $6.5 billion in new mortgage insurance during the fourth quarter.
SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) reported record revenue for the fourth quarter as well as the full year.
On the downside
Raymond James downgraded JA Solar Holdings (Nasdaq: JASO) to an Underperform rating.
The Wall Street Journal reported that federal prosecutors initiated an investigation into possible accounting violations by Diamond Foods (Nasdaq: DMND).
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 4 to 1 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks tumbled 9 points to 761.
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