This forty eighth trading week of 2012 comes to a close with investors keeping a close eye on negotiations between the President and Congressional leaders, as both sides seek to avoid the ominous fiscal cliff from occuring that would result in an automatic reduction in government spending and mandated cuts.
Hi. I'm Sayoko Murase. Welcome to the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for November 30, 2012.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 were about even for the week, and the Nasdaq was lower for the week.
Crude oil futures are higher this week, trading around $88.93 per barrel on Friday afternoon.
Gold futures are lower this week, trading at $1712.71 an ounce in afternoon trading.
In notable economic news this week, the economy grew faster than expected in the third quarter. Gross domestic product grew at a 2.7 percent annual rate, according to the Commerce Department. The growth was the fastest since late 2011, and quicker than the 2 percent estimate by the government last month.
In corporate news, Ralcorp (RAH) announced that it lost $44.2 million for its fiscal fourth quarter, sharply lower than the $424.1 million loss in the same period last year. Sales increased by 8 percent to $1.07 billion. The company was profitable for the full year fiscal 2012, earning $73.4 million versus a loss of $241.2 million in fiscal 2011. Net sales increased by 14 percent to $4.32 billion. The company also announced that it agreed to an acquisition by ConAgra Foods in a cash and debt deal worth $6.8 billion.
Hillenbrand (NYSE:HI) announced that earnings were higher by 6 percent versus the same period last year to $24.8 million. Revenue was higher by 10 percent to $254 million. Adjusted earnings per share were 50 cents, up 4 percent, while analysts had expected 42 cents per share.
Security company (NYSE:ADT) reported that it earned $94 million, or 40 cents per share in the fiscal fourth quarter, up from $93 million, or 39 cents per share in the same period last year. Revenue was $812 million, versus $93 million, or 39 cents per share, in the same period last year.
Tiffany (NYSE:TIF) announced that net income in the third quarter dropped by 30 percent due to higher tax rates, economic weakness, and increased costs. The company earned $63.2 million, or 49 cents per share, down from $89.7 million or 70 cents per share, in the same period last year. Revenue increased by four percent to $852.7 million from $821.8 million. Analysts had expected earnings of 64 cents per share on revenue of $858.8 million.
Express (NYSE:EXPR) announced that earnings for the third fiscal quarter fell to $17.4 million, or 20 cents per share, down from $32.7 million, or 37 cents per share, in the same period last year. Revenue fell by four percent to $468.5 million.
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