This seventh trading week of 2013 comes to a close with investors pondering if markets are overbought and ready for a correction.
Hi. I'm Sayoko Murase. Welcome to the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for February 16, 2013.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq were little changed for the week.
Crude oil futures are slightly lower this week, trading around $95.68 per barrel on Friday afternoon.
Gold futures are lower this week, trading at $1606.23 an ounce in afternoon trading.
In notable economic news this week, initial claims for state jobless benefits dropped 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 341,000, according to the the Labor Department.
In corporate news this week, Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) announced that it earned $1.87 billion, or 41 cents per share, during the fourth quarter, up from $1.66 billion, or 36 cents per share, in the same period last year. Excluding one time items, earnings were 45 cents per share, beating analyst estimates by 1 cent. Revenue increased by 4 percent to $11.46 billion, while analysts were expected $11.53 billion.
American Capital Strategies (NASDAQ:ACAS) announced that profit for the fourth-quarter fell by 79 percent, though results still beat estimates. The company earned $123 million, or 38 cents per share, down from $594 million, or $1.73 per share, in the same period last year. Revenue increased by 13 percent to $180 million from $160 million. Analyst had expected a profit of 25 cents per share on $142 million in revenue. Net asset value increased by 29 percent to $17.84 per share. For the year, the company earned $1.14 billion, or $3.44 per share, up from $94 million, or $2.74 per share in the year before, while revenue increased from $591 million to $646 million.
Trulia (TRLA) announced that it lost $1.6 million, or 6 cents per share, in the most recent fiscal quarter, versus a loss of $2.1 million, or 30 cents per share in the same period last year. Excluding stock based compensation, the company lost 3 cents per shares. Analysts had expected a loss of 2 cents per share. Revenue increased by 76 percent to $20.6 million, beating estimates of $19.1 million. Traffic to its web site increased by 50 percent, while the number of mobile monthly unique visitors more than doubled.
Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) announced that profit for the first quarter was $649.7 million, or $1.65 per share, up from $532.9 million, or $1.30 per share, in the same period last year. Revenue was higher by 10% to $7.42 billion, versus $6.77 billion in the same period last year. Sales were $6.8 billion versus $6.12 billion in the same period last year.
CBS (NYSE:CBS) announced that earnings increased by 6.2 percent to $393 million, or 60 cents per share, up from $370 million, or 55 cents per share in the same period last year. Excluding items, the company earned 64 cents per share. Analysts had expected earnings of 69 cents per share. Revenue increased by 2.4 percent to $3.7 billion from $3.61 billion in the same period last year, missing estimates of $3.85 billion. The company also announced a stock buyback of $1 billion.
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