Member access

4-Traders Homepage  >  News

News

Latest NewsCompaniesMarketsEconomy & ForexCommoditiesHot NewsMost Read NewsRecomm.Business LeadersVideosCalendar 

U.S. Stocks Get Boost from Tech Shares

12/06/2012 | 06:46am US/Eastern

--Tech stocks provide a lift to major indexes

--Intel leads blue chips to one-month high

--DJIA 39.55 higher; S&P gains nearly five

NEW YORK--A tech-stock bounce pushed major indexes higher, as heavyweight Intel led blue chips to a one-month high and the tech-centric Nasdaq Composite Index shined.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 39.55 points, or 0.3%, to 13074.04. The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index gained 4.66 points, or 0.3%, to 1413.94 and the Nasdaq rose 15.57 points, or 0.5%, to 2989.27.

In the background, however, was the continued parsing of comments tied to efforts to avert the "fiscal cliff," a set of tax increases and spending cuts set to go into effect starting Jan. 1.

"There does seem to be an uncomfortable silence coming from Washington right now," said Jim Russell, chief equity strategist with U.S. Bank Wealth Management. "We're all hopeful that breakthroughs begin to emerge soon."

Data on the labor market came in slightly better than expected, as jobless claims fell 25,000 to 370,000. Investors next turn their attention to Friday's closely watched U.S. employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tech shares led the S&P 500, gaining 0.8%. Intel rose 1.6%. Shares of Apple gained 1.6%, too, recovering some of the 6.4% loss they took on Wednesday, the biggest one-day percentage drop in four years.

Investors "are looking at particular opportunities and realizing the selloff is way overdone," said Joe Heider, regional managing principal for Rehmann Financial Group, based outside of Detroit, which manages $2 billion in assets.

European markets rose broadly, with the Stoxx Europe 600 up 0.7% after the European Central Bank left its key lending rates unchanged and comments from ECB President Mario Draghi boosted expectations that the central bank could lower interest rates. The U.K.'s FTSE 100 tacked on 0.4% after the Bank of England also left key rates unchanged, as expected.

Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rallied 0.8% to the highest level in more than seven months after polls showed that the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party was on track to reach a majority after the Dec. 16 election. The LDP is seen as broadly in favor of easier monetary policies.

China's Shanghai Composite slipped 0.1%, pulling back from Wednesday's 2.9% surge.

Front-month crude-oil futures lost 1.8% to settle at $86.26 a barrel, while December gold futures rose 0.5% to settle at $1,700.30 a troy ounce. The dollar rose strongly against the euro on Mr. Draghi's statements but was little changed against the yen. Yields on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury bond fell to 1.581% as prices rose.

Among other stocks, Zynga jumped 7.1% after the social gaming company filed paperwork for a gaming license in Nevada, its first step toward offering gambling games.

Walter Energy climbed 5.3% after the U.K.'s Daily Mail reported that BHP Billiton was mulling a cash buyout for the coal producer.

Internet technology provider Akamai Technologies rose 10% after it reached a deal with AT&T to provide its network, which essentially speeds delivery of web content, to AT&T's customers.

Garmin shares advanced 5.7% after S&P Dow Jones Indices said late Wednesday it would add the company, a global positioning system products maker, to the S&P 500. It will replace printing company R.R. Donnelley & Sons, which will be moved to the S&P MidCap 400. R.R. Donnelley shares edged 0.2% lower.

Vera Bradley slumped 12% after the handbag maker reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue, but provided a fourth-quarter outlook that was below current analyst projections.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. fell 4.2% and its stock was downgraded by at least six analysts as investors digested Wednesday's surprise acquisitions of oil companies Plains Exploration Production and McMoRan Exploration, which saw shares decline 4.2% and 3%, respectively.

-Write to Alexandra Scaggs at alexandra.scaggs@dowjones.com

Subscribe to WSJ: http://online.wsj.com?mod=djnwires

React to this article
Latest news
Date Title
1m ago REPUBLIC SERVICES : announces closures, collection schedule (BRIEF)
1m ago WEST TEXAS RESOURCES : Sacred Heart's history reaches deeper than consecration
3m ago BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE : BRIEF: Public Safety: Mail scam seeks $20 for BMW
3m ago OPEC's Badri says hopes for oil price revival by end H2 2015
10m ago SHANGHAI TONVA PETROCHEMICAL : Poll results of the extraordinary general meeting, the domestic shareholders class meeting and the ...
15m ago GLENCORE : CFAC opposes Superfund designation
18m ago British upstart banks get IT boost to take on big rivals
25m ago Saudi Arabia says won't cut oil output even if non-OPEC nations do
32m ago CREDIT SUISSE : German state buys tax CD containing Swiss bank client data - paper
34m ago WAL MART STORES : The Gleaner, Henderson, Ky., Chuck Stinnett column
Latest news
Advertisement
Hot News 
DENDREON : Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, Change in Directors or Principal Officers, Other Events, Financial Statements and Exhibits (form 8-K)
DIXONS CARPHONE : *exane bnp raises dixons carphone price target to 510 (450) pence - 'outperform'
BERKELEY MINERAL RESOURCES : Obsidian IR
NATURE : Warns 2014 Results To Be "Materially" Below Market View
FINISH LINE : Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Results
Most Read News
1d ago COMCAST : DISH, Comcast SportsNet reach deal in regional dispute
1d ago APPLE : Innovation – The Apple way
1d ago INDUSTRY ANALYST JEFF KAGAN : Will AT&T GigaPower Beat Google Fiber
1d ago MACY : When Apple Pay Requires a Signature and When it Doesn't
1d ago FRANCESCA : announces new CEO amid faltering sales
Most recommended articles
3m ago OPEC's Badri says hopes for oil price revival by end H2 2015
17m ago British upstart banks get IT boost to take on big rivals
25m ago Saudi Arabia says won't cut oil output even if non-OPEC nations do
32m ago CREDIT SUISSE : German state buys tax CD containing Swiss bank client data - paper
34m ago Thales to name Proglio, Caine as chairman and CEO - sources
Dynamic quotes  
ON
| OFF