The volatility of the market was put on display once again today as the Dow Jones trades at a 9.5% swing during market hours. After an initial decline, the indices rallied to end the day in the green, gaining back some of yesterday's losses. The Dow ended the day up 401 points and closed at 8,979. The S&P 500 increased 4.25%, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 5.49%. Positive news on jobless claims and the consumer pricing index helped boost the market and prevented another sell-off.The jobless claims report released today showed 14,000 fewer people claimed unemployment insurance this past week than expected. Experts were looking for 475,000 new claims this week, but only 461,000 were recorded. The CPI report also provided reassurance as it remained unchanged since August's increase in consumer prices of 0.1%. The consensus of the core index, which doesn't include food and energy prices, increased by 0.1%, instead of the expected 0.2%.
Sweet Crude fell below $70 for the first time in 14 months before rebounding to settle at $72.43. The 2.83% decrease today came after the news that OPEC will move up its emergency meeting to discuss falling oil prices despite cut backs in production. Gold prices fell 4.01% today, falling 12% since last Friday.
European and Asian markets didn't fair as well as the U.S. market today, as most indices closed their trading sessions down with the same volatility that the United States has been experiencing. The FTSE fell 218 points, or 5.35%. The DAX tumbled 4.91%, and the CAC dropped 5.92%. The Nikkei declined 11.41% and had its worst day since 1987. The Hang Seng decreased 4.80%, and the Strait Times, 5.25%.
Google (GOOG) reported stellar third quarter earnings today and posted 31% revenue growth. Perhaps even more reassuring to investors is that Google now has control of its expenses, which has been outpacing revenue growth. Additionally, they announced capital expenditure expenses are at the lowest levels since 2006.
Capital One (COF) posted earnings of $1.00 per share this third quarter, $0.01 lower than expected. Delinquency rates increased 0.35% to 3.99%.
Gilead Sciences (GILD) beat earnings by $0.03 and recorded $0.53 per share. Gilead's revenue grew 30% since third quarter 2007. They also plan on accelerating $750 million of their $3 billion buyback program.
IBM (IBM) posted EPS of $2.05, beating the Street's estimate of $2.02 per share. IBM recorded a 5% increase in revenue, 20% increase in net income, and a 22% increase in earnings per share. IBM experienced a 13% increase in growth markets, due to a weak dollar.
updated Oct 16, 2008
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