The Dow Market Happenings For Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Dow stocks at 52 week highs include Caterpillar (CAT), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Microsoft (MSFT). There are no Dow stock 52 week lows.

The Market

Premarket today, the Dow was indicated to open up +841 points.

Tuesday, the Dow closed up +74.95 (+0.46%) at 16,532.61

Year-to-date the Dow is down -0.27%.

Yesterday, my indicators said “Why Aren’t You Long?”, so I obeyed and went all in. Well, 90% in.

We’ll see at the end of the month whether it was a good move or not.

Dow stock earnings will begin on the 14th with JPMorgan (JPM) after the market close.

Dow stocks up more than 5% this year include Caterpillar (CAT) +9.91%, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) +6.93%, Merck & Co. (MRK) +12.63%, Microsoft (MSFT) +10.72%, UnitedHealth (UNH) +8.69% and Walt Disney (DIS) +6.77%.

Wal-Mart (WMT) plans to sell eight year and 12 year euro bonds. This marks the first time in five years the retailer will sell bonds denominated in euros. Wal-Mart shares closed up 0.44% yesterday at $76.77.

The S&P 500 also hit new all-time highs yesterday. Hope it

The US ADP employment report said 191,000 private sector jobs were added in March. The number was much higher than February’s 139,000, but still below economists expectations.

European stocks are mostly higher and Asian stocks ended higher.

The national average price of gasoline is up five-tenths of a cent to $3.561 per gallon.

Earnings Reports.

JPMorgan (JPM) will report earnings on 4/11/2014 before the market open.

Notable earnings reports from Tuesday include:

Apollo Group, Inc. (APOL) reported second quarter EPS of $0.28 on revenue of $679.10 million, compared to last year’s EPS of $0.34 on revenue of $834.37 million.

Stocks reporting earnings today include:

Acuity Brands Inc. (AYI) is expected to report second quarter EPS of $0.84 on revenue of $554.76 million, compared to last year’s EPS of $0.62 on revenue of $486.70 million.

Monsanto Company (MON) is expected to report second quarter EPS of $3.09 on revenue of $5.81 billion, compared to last year’s EPS of $2.73 on revenue of $5.47 billion.

Unifirst Corporation (UNF) is expected to report second quarter EPS of $1.39 on revenue of $347.49 million, compared to last year’s EPS of $1.33 on revenue of $334.31 million.

Today’s Featured Dow Stock

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is up +10.72% year-to-date.

Financial Calendar

0700 ET Weekly MBA mortgage applications, previous -3.5% with purchase sub-index +2.8% and refi sub-index -7.7%.

0815 ET Mar ADP employment change expected +195,000, Feb +139,000.

0945 ET Mar ISM New York, Feb 57.0.

1000 ET Feb factory orders expected +1.2%, Jan -0.7%.

1030 ET EIA Weekly Petroleum Status Report.

1255 ET Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart speaks on the economic outlook to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

1600 ET St. Louis Fed President James Bullard takes questions from reporters prior to a lecture in St. Louis, MO.

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