AOL Defies Markets’ Dive — Monday’s IP Market Recap

by InvestorPlace Staff | April 9, 2012 5:13 pm

InvestorPlace Market Recap[1]Wall Street finally got to react to last Friday’s employment report after having to wait out the long Easter weekend. And as expected, it had little praise. The far-worse-than-expected hiring in March prompted investors to sell off stocks at the first opportunity on Monday. But on the strength of a hefty sale of more than 800 patents to Microsoft[2] — to the tune of $1.1 billion — AOL (NYSE:AOL[3]) positively levitated.

While the Dow Jones Industrials bounced around more than 150 points lower at times today and closed down 130 points, or 1%, AOL soared 43% to $26.40, its highest point in more than a year. Buoying the stock were hopes that AOL would quickly make good on its assertion that it would distribute a “significant” portion of the proceeds back to long-suffering shareholders, thanks to the deal with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT[4]).

Another beaten-down stock that defied the trend Monday was grocery chain SuperValu (NYSE:SVU[5]), which reports earnings Tuesday. Down over 34% year-to-date, the stock pivoted to a 3.7% gain today, perhaps on some shorts getting out before the earnings report, just in case. And there are plenty of shorts. The Wall Street Journal[6] reported today that “Bets against the supermarket chain’s shares gaining in value have jumped 41% since the end of 2011 to 72.9 million shares. That is one-third of all the company’s shares outstanding and a considerably high number.”

But as hard as it tried to color its cheeks with some rouge, Avon (NYSE:AVP[7]) just couldn’t get investors to buy into its announcement that Sheri McCoy would become its next CEO[8], succeeding Andrea Jung after a long and painful search. AVP closed 73 cents lower, or 3.1%.

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Check out recaps from previous trading days here[15].

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