Welcome Back, Worries — Monday’s IP Market Recap

by Marc Bastow | November 26, 2012 5:28 pm

InvestorPlace Market Recap[1]After a holiday-abbreviated week, investors went back to their trading desks Monday and remembered … well, things still were very much in the air.

The fiscal cliff and Greece’s unsolved debt issues returned to the forefront — Congress and eurozone finance ministers are both ready to talk once again about their respective problems — and the result was a retreat from last week’s gains.

The S&P 500 fell 0.20% to 1,406.29 and the Dow Jones lost 0.33% to close at 12,967.37. The Nasdaq was able to keep its head above water, finishing up 0.33% to end at 2,976.78.

In an early look at how retailers fared over the holiday weekend, a National Retail Federation report indicated that the Black Friday weekend brought in a record $59.1 billion in sales — up 13% from last year; Cyber Monday[2] results are pending.

However, the good news did not appear to have a positive effect on the sector, as Macy’s (NYSE:M[3]), Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO[4]), and Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN[5]) led a broad retailing decline with 4% losses — reversing many of the gains from Friday’s boisterous half-session. However, eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY[6]) shares rallied just under 5% on news that its PayPal unit enjoyed a 193% year-over-year boost in mobile payment volume on Black Friday.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB[7]) shares spiked up over 8% after several analysts upgraded the stock[8], which now is trading at its highest level since July.

Shares of Knight Capital (NYSE:KCG[9]) jumped more than 13% after reports surfaced it is weighing the sale of its market-making business, the unit whose trading snafu[10] in August cost the company more than $400 million.

Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM[11]) shares gained over 2% amid some good press on the BlackBerry 10, which makes its debut on Jan. 30.

Finally, publisher McGraw-Hill (NYSE:MHP[12]) rose fractionally after agreeing to sell its educational division[13] for $2.5 billion to privately held Apollo Global Management (NYSE:APO[14]) to more fully focus on its financial intelligence businesses.

Three Up

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

  1. [Image]: https://www.investorplace.com/hot-topics/investorplace-market-recap/
  2. Cyber Monday: https://investorplace.com/2012/11/cyber-monday-sales-expected-to-soar/
  3. M: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=M
  4. ARO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ARO
  5. JWN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=JWN
  6. EBAY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=EBAY
  7. FB: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FB
  8. several analysts upgraded the stock: https://investorplace.com/ipo-playbook/panic-buying-hits-facebook/
  9. KCG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KCG
  10. trading snafu: https://investorplace.com/2012/08/trading-glitch-sends-stocks-scrambling/
  11. RIMM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=RIMM
  12. MHP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MHP
  13. sell its educational division: https://investorplace.com/2012/11/mcgraw-hill-finally-hocks-education-division/
  14. APO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=APO
  15. P: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=P
  16. BBY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BBY
  17. DECK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DECK
  18. GNRC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GNRC
  19. NOK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=NOK
  20. GRPN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GRPN

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