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Alcoa Kicks Off Earnings — Monday’s IP Market Report

All major indices ended the day in the black


InvestorPlace Market RecapMarkets started out in a similar mood as last week, with stocks beginning in the red but finishing in the black.

Investors kept an eye on events in Europe — and in particular Portugal — and prepared for the start of first-quarter earnings season, which kicked off with Alcoa’s (NYSE:AA) results after the bell.

The S&P 500 led the way on a gain of 0.63% to close at 1,563.07. The Nasdaq followed suit, rising 0.57% to close at 3,222.25, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.33% to end at 14,613.48.

Expectations are relatively low for the quarter, as S&P 500 firms are expected to post another year-over-year drop in profits. Alcoa’s numbers didn’t follow that trend, though, as the company’s profits gained a whopping 59%.

Of course, that gain was thanks to a one-time benefit, as revenue slid 2.9% and missed expectations. Still, the EPS of 13 cents per share beat estimates of 9 cents per share.

General Electric (NYSE:GE) announced plans to buy Lufkin Industries (NASDAQ:LUFK), a supplier of artificial lift products and technology for the oil and gas industry, in a $3.3 billion deal. Shares of Lufkin rose nearly 40% on the news while GE gained just under 1%.

BioCryst (BCRX) was another big gainer on the day, climbing 12% amid reports of bird flu infections in China. The company is investigational anti-viral agent to treat influenza.

In other news, the proposed $20 billion acquisition of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo (PINK:GPMCY) by Anheuser-Busche InBev (NYSE:BUD) may be moving closer to completion. The companies, along with Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ), said they’d reached an agreement that would get through the Justice Department’s objections to the deal.

Shares of cosmetics manufacturer and distributor Avon (NYSE:AVP) rose nearly 2% after the company announced it will leave the Irish market and cut 400 jobs worldwide. It expects to save close to $50 million in payroll expenses.

Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) — which set a new 52-week high last week — lost just over 1% after JPMorgan lowered its rating on the stock to “neutral” from “overweight”. JNJ registered the biggest loss in the Dow for the day.

Three Up

  • NII Holdings (NASDAQ:NIHD): Up 15.51% (85 cents) to $6.33
  • Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL): Up 7.56% (27 cents) to $3.84
  • Radian Group (NYSE:RDN): Up 5.71% (58 cents) to $10.73

Three Down

  • Saba Software (NASADQ:SABA): Down 10.07% (74 cents) to $6.61
  • Radioshack (NYSE:RSH): Down 5.99% (20 cents) to $3.14
  • Apollo Group (NASDAQ:APOL): Down 2.40% (41 cents) to $16.65

 Marc Bastow is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing, he is long GE and JNJ.

Article printed from InvestorPlace Media, http://investorplace.com/2013/04/mondays-ip-market-report-ge-lufk-bud-stz-avp-jnj/.

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