Dow Shrugs Off Italian Shakeup — Monday’s IP Market Recap

by Marc Bastow | December 10, 2012 4:59 pm

Dow Shrugs Off Italian Shakeup — Monday’s IP Market Recap

IPMarketRecap Dow Shrugs Off Italian Shakeup    Mondays IP Market Recap[1]The week got off to a nice start thanks to a rally in several Dow component stocks and despite some uncertainty over the weekend in Europe.

In Europe, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti unexpectedly announced plans to step down[2] after the Italian parliament passes a national budget later this month, and the news crushed Italian stocks.

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met over the weekend to discuss the current state of negotiations as the clock ticks down to the Jan. 1 fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts. Obama’s mid-day comments about his willingness to compromise did little to accelerate the day’s gains, which ended with the Nasdaq ahead 0.3% to 2,986.96, the Dow up 0.11% to 13,169.88, and the S&P 500 up fractionally to 1,418.55.

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ[3]) jumped 2.5% on unconfirmed reports[4] that activist investor Carl Ichan could take a stake in the computer maker. HPQ was joined in its run by several other tech stocks, including Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO[5], +2.4%) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT[6], +1.8%). Dow component McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD[7]) also gained ground, rising just more than 1% after posting a 2.4% rise in same-store sales[8] keyed by sales growth in the U.S.

Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS[9]) soared 7% after announcing it will lower prices on its Nook Simple Touch e-reader to $79 from $99, looking to bump up holiday sales. Conversely, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN[10]) saw shares fall over 2% after lowering prices on its Kindle Fire HD.

Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN[11]) shares did an about-face Monday, dropping more than 9% on what appears to be straight profit-taking following a 23% run-up Friday on news of interest in the company[12] on the part of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG[13]).

Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE:IR[14]) lost just under 2% after announcing plans to spin off its commercial and residential security businesses into a new company, a $2 billion share repurchase program and boosting its quarterly dividend.

Best Buy (NYSE:BBY[15]) shares rose more than 3% despite a raft of analyst downgrades.

Finally, Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN[16]) tumbled more than 5% as Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB[17]) downgraded the online travel company from “buy” to “hold” in the face of competition from travelers using mobile phone applications and Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE[18]).

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Marc Bastow is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing, he was long MSFT.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/hot-topics/investorplace-market-recap/
  2. plans to step down: http://investorplace.com/2012/12/hes-ba-ack-what-silvio-berlusconi-means-for-italy-and-the-euro-crisis/
  3. HPQ: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HPQ
  4. unconfirmed reports: http://investorplace.com/2012/12/hewlett-packard-shares-rally-on-icahn-buying-rumors/
  5. CSCO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CSCO
  6. MSFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MSFT
  7. MCD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MCD
  8. posting a 2.4% rise in same-store sales: http://investorplace.com/2012/12/mcdonalds-november-sales-top-forecasts/
  9. BKS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BKS
  10. AMZN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AMZN
  11. GRPN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GRPN
  12. news of interest in the company: http://investorplace.com/ipo-playbook/google-groupon-deal-hits-the-rumor-mill/
  13. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  14. IR: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=IR
  15. BBY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BBY
  16. PCLN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PCLN
  17. DB: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DB
  18. EXPE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=EXPE
  19. MCP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MCP
  20. WLT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WLT
  21. CLF: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CLF
  22. DECK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DECK
  23. FRAN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FRAN
  24. NOK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=NOK

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