Market Happenings For Monday, February 25, 2013

Premarket, futures are up with the Dow showing an implied open of +57. There are no Dow stocks at 52 week highs, or lows. The Dow closed Friday at 14,000.57.

The Market

Last week DJIA was up +0.1%, Nasdaq -0.9%, S&P 500 -0.3% and Russell 2000 -0.8%.

Year-to-date DJIA is up +6.8%, Nasdaq +4.7%, S&P 500 +6.3% and Russell 2000 +7.9%.

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) was up over 12% last week after beating on earnings and revenue. HP also gave an upbeat second quarter earnings guidance.

Wal-Mart (WMT) was up a bit last week after beating on earnings. The company did however issue first quarter guidance to the low end of analyst expectations. Wal-Mart also said it expects comparable store sales to be flat during the first quarter.

The national average price of gasoline held steady at $3.777 per gallon.

European markets are higher and Asian markets closed higher.

Earnings Reports

Tuesday 02/26/2013 (that’s tomorrow) Home Depot (HD) reports earnings before the market open.

Financial Calendar

0830 ET Chicago Fed Jan national activity index, Dec 0.02.

1030 ET Feb Dallas Fed manufacturing index expected 3.0, Jan 5.5.

1100 ET USDA weekly grain export inspections.

1300 ET Treasury auction of $35 billion in 2-year T-notes.

1900 ET Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart speaks on the economic outlook at the University of Tennessee Issues Committee.

n/a 2-day APEC finance minister and central bank deputies meeting begins.

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