Market Happenings for Monday, August 20, 2012

Premarket, futures are mixed, but near unchanged on this likely slow, summer morning. Gainers this morning include CVH, AET, WYNN, LTD and DHI while losers include LOW, BBY, WM, ST and IP.

The Market

The Federal Reserve will release minutes from its July meeting on Tuesday. Investors will look for clues about whether quantitative easing could be coming when chairman Ben Bernanke speaks at a Jackson Hole, Wyo., symposium at the end of the month.

In Europe, Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras meets with top eurozone officials throughout the week. Samaras is expected to ask for a two-year extension of the Greece bailout program which would give the government more time to implement difficult reforms.

European stocks are mixed in midday trading and Asian markets endd mixed.

Apple (AAPL) shares hit another all-time high Friday
on growing expectations for an upcoming wave of new gadgets. Shares are up slightly in premarket trading. Personally, I think Apple should be added to the Dow this year.

HD, MMM and XOM all hit 52 week highs on Friday.

Last week DJIA ended up +0.5%, Nasdaq +1.8%, S&P 500 +0.9% and Russell 2000 +2.3%.

Year-to-date DJIA is up +8.7%, Nasdaq +18.1%, S&P 500 +12.8% and Russell 2000 +10.7%.

Earnings Reports

Earnings reports (estimates): LOW-Lowe’s (Consensus $0.70), URBN-Urban Outfitters (0.33), NDSN-Nordson (0.99), CIM-Chimera Investment (0.10), CUB-Cubic Corp. (0.77).

Financial Calendar

0830 ET July Chicago Fed national activity index, June -0.15.

1100 ET USDA weekly grain export inspections.

1130 ET Weekly 3-mo and 6-mo T-bill auctions.

1600 ET USDA Crop Progress

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