by Marc Bastow | June 18, 2012 5:16 pm
The reality of another momemtum-robbing weekend caught up to markets again today, as stocks were mixed throughout Monday trading even after this weekend’s election in Greece yielded a win for the pro-bailout party. While that was viewed as a positive, Greece’s economy is still a bit of a mess, and Europe’s debt crisis, now engulfing Spain and Italy, is still hitting the U.S. markets hard.
Last week’s gains continued for the Nasdaq, which was up 0.78% to 2,895, and the S&P 500, which edged ahead 0.14% to 1,344. However, the Dow Industrias lost 0.20% to finish at 12,742.
In addition to European woes, with meetings of the Group of 20 and the Federal Reserve on tap this week, investors are perhaps just a little leery of jumping in for the long haul. Many investors are thinking the Fed could announce another round of bond buying or plans to continue its so-called Operation Twist, lifting stocks for the short term.
In the meantime, smaller retail stocks took a punch to the gut as Body Central (NASDAQ:BODY), a young women’s apparel and accessories supplier fell on an earnings warnings. Falling in kind was discount shoe retailer DSW (NYSE:DSW), which slid 11.34% on the news, along with Shoe Carnival (NASDAQ:SCVL), which lost 3.71%. Discount retailers Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST) and TJX (NYSE:TJX) managed to maintain early gains to finish up 2.39% and 1.37%, respectively.
Technology companies also saw mixed results, as the big pending news of the day, Microsoft’s assumed reentry into the tablet space, did little to enthuse investors. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares were down all day, finally settling for a 0.60% loss, while Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) finished down just over 2%. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) bucked the trend, finishing ahead just over 2% on the day.
Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) managed to rebound from a difficult stretch last week, rising nearly 4% on word that Draw Something With Ryan Seacrest is coming to CBS (NYSE:CBS), in an attempt to capitalize on the popular game application. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) also made headway, rising 4.65% to finish at $32.43 after announcing that it acquired Face.com, a facial-recognition software company.
Marc Bastow is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing he was long MSFT and AAPL.
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