Market Happenings For Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Dow stocks at 52 week highs include JNJ, MCD, MMM, PFE and TRV. There are no Dow stock 52 week lows.

The Market

The Dow opened up, but is now down -21.

Payroll-processing firm ADP reported Wednesday that the U.S private sector added 158,000 jobs in March, below economists’ forecasts.

Friday we get the jobs report from the Labor Department that is forecast to show another month of strong job gains.

IBM (IBM) shares are down after the company won a new contract to build cloud computing systems for the Thai government owned telecom company CAT.

Caterpillar (CAT) shares are down on fears that sales in China will slow as the manufacturing sector stagnates and also on fears that commodity prices are set to drop.

European markets are lower and Asian markets ended mostly lower.

The national average price of gasoline is up three-tenths of a cent to $3.640 per gallon.

Earnings Reports

The next Dow stock to report earnings will be Alcoa (AA), which will report 4/8/13 after the market close.

INTC will report earnings on 4/16/13 after the market close.

JNJ will report earnings on 4/16/13 before the market open.

JPM is set to report earnings on 4/11/13 before the open (not confirmed though).

KO will report earnings on 4/16/13 before the market open.

ConAgra Foods (CAG) is expected to report third quarter EPS of $0.57 vs. $0.51 a year ago.

Monsanto (MON) is expected to report second quarter EPS of $2.58 vs. $2.28 a year ago.

Financial Calendar

0700 ET Weekly MBA mortgage applications, previous +7.7% with purchase sub-index +6.7% and refi sub-index +8.0%.

0815 ET March ADP employment change expected +200,000, Feb +198,000.

1000 ET March ISM non-manufacturing index expected -0.2 to 55.8, Feb +0.8 to 56.0.

1030 ET DOE Weekly Petroleum Status Report.

1530 ET San Francisco Fed President John Williams speaks on economy and monetary policy to Town Hall in Los Angeles.

1700 ET St. Louis Fed President James Bullard introduces lecture by Glenn Hubbard, former Chairman of Economic Advisors, in St. Louis.

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