Wall Street Bristles at Big Ben: Wednesday’s IP Market Recap

by Marc Bastow | June 19, 2013 4:45 pm

IPMarketRecap Wall Street Bristles at Big Ben: Wednesday's IP Market Recap[1]Investors mostly held their collective breath throughout Wednesday waiting for a highly anticipated Federal Reserve statement and news conference.

The statement issued at 2 p.m. said the Federal Reserve would keep buying $85 billion in bonds per month, with no indication it might “taper” the program, and stocks started up in response. However, at his news conference just after 2:30 p.m., Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the Fed could start to scale back[2] the program by mid-2014 if economic predictions held up, sending the markets the other direction.

After an accelerated late-day selloff, the S&P 500 lost 1.39% to close at 1628.93, with all 10 sectors lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.35% to end at 15112.19, while the Nasdaq dropped 1.12% to 3443.20.

In an otherwise slow corporate news day, Photoshop and Acrobat software maker Adobe (ADBE[3]) rose more than 5% after reporting higher-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit, and increased demand for Creative Cloud, the subscription-based version of its software package.

FedEx (FDX[4]) shares rose over 1% after it posted a larger-than-expected quarterly profit as its ground shipment business did well[5], and the company also announced it will lay off 3,600 employees[6] in a cost-cutting move.

Japan’s Softbank (SFTBY[7]) jumped over a hurdle in its attempt to buy wireless provider Sprint (S[8]) after rival bidder Dish Network (DISH[9]) declined to make a new offer to counter Softbank’s recently re-upped bid. Sprint shares fell by more than 4% while DISH moved ahead fractionally.

Finally, Men’s Wearhouse (MW[10]) fired co-founder and executive chairman George Zimmer — known as the “I guarantee it” spokesperson for the clothing retailer. MW was little moved, dropping just more than 1%.

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Marc Bastow is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing he does not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IPMarketRecap.gif
  2. start to scale back: http://investorplace.com/2013/06/dont-fear-a-qe-tapering-whenever-it-finally-comes/
  3. ADBE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ADBE
  4. FDX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FDX
  5. ground shipment business did well: http://investorplace.com/2013/06/fedex-to-market-global-economy-stinks/
  6. it will lay off 3,600 employees: http://investorplace.com/2013/06/fedex-to-let-go-of-3600-employees/
  7. SFTBY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SFTBF
  8. S: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=S
  9. DISH: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DISH
  10. MW: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MW
  11. RKUS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=RKUS
  12. LINE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=LINE
  13. VVUS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=VVUS
  14. Read more here.: http://investorplace.com/2013/06/arena-vivus-look-good-and-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-the-ama/
  15. TTEK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TTEK
  16. BBRY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BBRY
  17. HLF: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HLF

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