Post-Market News for December 10th 2012. Stocks in focus include, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C), Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN), Nexen Inc. (TSE:NXY) (NYSE:NXY), and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ).
Post Market Update
• US: Dow: 13169.90 (0.11%), S&P 500: 1418.55 (0.03%), NASDAQ: 2986.96 (0.30%)
• Europe: CAC: 3612.10 (0.18%), DAX: 7530.92 (0.17%), FTSE: 5921.63 (0.12%)
• Asia-Pacific: Australia: 4557.90 (0.13%), China: 2083.77 (1.05%), Hong Kong: 22276.72 (0.38%), India: 5908.90 (0.03%), Japan: 9533.75 (0.07%).
• Metals: Gold: 1714.40 (0.52%), Silver: 33.38 (0.74%), Copper: 3.71 (1.17%)
• Energy: Crude Oil: 85.56 (-0.43%), Natural Gas: 3.85 (-0.77%)
• Commodities: Corn: 7.30 (-0.98%), Soya Bean: 14.74 (0.17%), Wheat: 8.48 (-1.42%)
• Currency: Euro (€) / US Dollar ($) (EURUSD): 1.2944 (-0.15%), British Pound Sterling (UK£) / US Dollar ($) (GBPUSD): 1.6075 (-0.23%), US Dollar ($) / Japanese Yen (¥) (USDJPY): 82.3750 (-0.15%)
• 10 year US Treasury: 1.616% (-0.005)
Market and Economy News Update
U.S. markets end modestly higher: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) and the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) closed largely unchanged, while the NASDAQComposite (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) finished slightly higher, as investors preferred to stay out amid the continued uncertainty surrounding the ongoing "fiscal cliff" negotiations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) gained 14.75 points, or 0.11 percent, to end at 13,169.88 and the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) eked out a gain of 0.48 points, or 0.03 percent, to finish at 1,418.55, while the NASDAQComposite (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) rose 8.92 points, or 0.30 percent, to close at 2,986.96. No major economic reports were released today.
Oil prices decline: Oil prices lost ground for the fifth straight session on Monday as concerns over the euro-zone outweighed economic data from China. Crude oil for January delivery dropped 0.4 percent, to settle at $85.56 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent oil for January settlement added 0.4 percent to $107.47 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange.
Stocks in Focus
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) said some of its Gmail users across North America and Europe experienced a disruption earlier today, and that the issue has been resolved. The Google Apps Dashboard showed the “service disruption” affected the company’s Gmail and Drive services. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) did not specify how many users were affected. Gmail is one of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s most popular products with over 425 million active users worldwide. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) shares were up a fraction at $685.42. More details can be found here.
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) gained 2.6 percent on strong volumes amid market speculation that billionaire investor Carl Icahn was building a position in the struggling technology giant. The speculation follows Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)’s decline in share price last month after the company disclosed a $9 billion asset-impairment charge related to its acquisition of Autonomy Corp. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) is down 44 percent year to date and its market cap has plunged to $27.9 billion. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) refused to comment on the rumors, MarketWatch reported. Click here for more information.
Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN)
Chipmaker Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN) narrowed its fourth quarter sales and earnings outlook due to charges related to the restructuring of its wireless business. Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN) said it now expects a profit of 5 cents a share to 9 cents a share, on revenue of between $2.89 billion to $3.01 billion. The company had earlier forecast earnings of 23 to 31 cents, on revenue of $2.83 billion to $3.07 billion. Shares of Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN) were up 1.6 percent in after-hours trading.
Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C)
Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) increased the size of its debt buyback offer, and said it will now purchase up to $1.2 billion of the notes. Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) had earlier said it would buy $910 million of the notes. Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) has decreased its outstanding long-term debt by about $13.9 billion for the year to date, excluding the offers. Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) had last week announced it will cut 11,000 jobs, which should help save about $900 million next year. Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) shares were down 1.2 percent at $37.19.
Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN)
Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) today agreed to buy Iceland-based human genetics research and analytics company deCODE Genetics for $415 million in cash. deCODE, founded in 1996, has identified genetic risk factors that may be linked to a disease or disorders, such as cancers or heart disease. Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) Chief Executive Robert Bradway said deCODE enhances the biopharmaceutical giant's drive to develop better targeted drugs. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of the year. Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) is the world’s largest biotechnology company, and reported net income of $3.7 billion last year on sales of $15.6 billion.
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) has secured approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its prostate cancer pill Zytiga to be used at an earlier stage of the disease. The regulator said Zytiga can now be prescribed before chemotherapy in men with late-stage prostate cancer, based on study results that showed it can extend life by up to five months. Michael Meyers, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)’s development team leader for Zytiga, said the approval may expand use by as much