This fourth trading week of 2013 comes to a close with investors digesting a slew of corporate earnings reports.
Hi. I'm Sayoko Murase. Welcome to the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for January 25, 2013.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 were higher for the week in afternoon trading, while the Nasdaq was about even.
Crude oil futures are higher this week, trading around $95.79 per barrel on Friday afternoon.
Gold futures are slightly lower this week, trading at $1661.34 an ounce in afternoon trading.
In notable economic news this week, the number of Americans filing for unemployment fell to multi-year lows last week. Initial jobless claims dropped 5,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 300,000 for the week ended January 19th, well below estimates of 360,000. That is the lowest level since January 2008. The four-week moving average dropped 8,250 to 351,750, representing the the lowest level since March 2008.
In corporate news this week, Verizon (NYSE:VZ) announced that it lost $4.24 billion, or $1.48 per share, versus $2.02 billion, or 71 cents per share, in the same period last year. The loss included a $1.86 per share charge related to employee benefits and restructuring activities. Revenue increased by 5.7% to $30.05 billion. Analysts had forecast earnings of 50 cents per share on revenue of $29.83 billion.
Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) announced that it earned $7 million, or 1 cent per share, versus $425 million, or 51 cents per share in the same period last year. Revenue increased by two percent to $8.6 billion. Both earnings and revenue were slightly better than estimates. Earnings were heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy, which hurt revenue by $75 million, and delayed the re-opening of the company's new oil refinery, causing a $63 million loss.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced that it earned $2.9 billion, or $8.62 per share, during the fourth quarter, versus $2.7 billion, or $8.22 per share, during the same quarter last year year. Revenue increased by 36 percent to $14.4 billion.
DuPont (DD) announced that net income dropped to $111 million, or 12 cents per share, for the last quarter of 2012, down 70 percent from $373 million or 40 cents per share, for the fourth quarter last year. Revenue was flat at $7.3 billion, with negative currency effects and portfolio changes offsetting a 3 percent increase in global volume. Analysts had expected earnings of 7 cents per share on revenue of $7.2 billion.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold (NYSE:FCX) announced that it earned $743 million, or 78 cents a share, up from $640 million, or 67 cents, in the same period last year. Revenue increased by 8.4 percent to $4.51 billion. The company attributed the strong earnings to better copper sales and lower costs.
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