Daily Market Wrap: October 25, 2012 Thursday, October 25, 4:08 PM ET
Stocks held onto gains this morning despite a mixed bag of economic reports, but the markets took a downturn on rumors of a U.S. downgrade by rating agency Fitch.
The number of Americans filing initial jobless claims fell by 23,000 last week, to a seasonally adjusted 369,000 according to the Labor Department.
Also on the economic front, the Commerce Department is reporting a 9.9 percent increase in durable goods orders in September, exceeding economists' expectations for a gain of 7.1 percent.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Realtors said pending home sales rose 0.3 in September, falling far short of expectations.
COP) reported a decline in third quarter profit, due in part to lower natural gas prices.
Shares of the energy company are trading higher today despite that report.
Procter & Gamble (NYSE:
PG) said fiscal first quarter net income fell 7 percent but still managed to beat expectations.
Tomorrow, we'll take a look at the consumer sentiment report as well as earnings from Comcast (NASDAQ:
CMCSA) and Merck (NYSE: MRK).
For Marketnewsvideo.com, I'm Sayoko Murase.
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