A LOOK BACK at Sideways Market Shaking Catalysts

Here’s a Look Back at the past 5 trading days on Wall Street generating anxiety and action:


Markets closed down on Wall Street today: 

Dow -0.39%, S&P -0.23%, Nasdaq -0.40%, Oil +1.37%, Gold -0.16%.

On the commodities front, Oil (NYSE:USO) declined to $88.36 a barrel. Precious metals also declined, with Gold (NYSE:GLD) falling to $1,589 an ounce while Silver (NYSE:SLV) fell 0.06% to settle at $27.29.

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Nokia (NYSE:NOK) cut the price of its flagship smartphone in half just three months after its launch in an effort to bolster sales as rivals such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung continue to erode the smartphone maker’s market share. The cost of the Lumia 900 Windows phone has been reduced to $49.99 from $99 with a two-year agreement, Nokia spokesman Keith Nowak said on Sunday. The phone is sold at AT&T(NYSE:T) stores.

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced that it will rejoin EPEAT less than a week after it was withdrawing from the environmental standards organization. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, is a certifying body that helps institutional purchases select and compare electronic devices.

On Monday’s down start to the week, SuperValu Inc. (NYSE:SVU) shares rebounded after hitting a 32-year low on Friday. Shares increased 8.2 percent after Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) upgraded the stock to “Neutral” from “Sell.”

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc.’s (NYSE:KKD) shares increased 5.3 percent after Stephens increased its rating on the retailer to “Overweight” from “Equalweight.”

On the downside, Woodward Inc. (NASDAQ:WWD) fell five percent at it announced a worse-than-expected third quarter outlook and cut its full-year forecast. It also noted lower-than-expected sales growth in its commercial aftermarket.

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Markets closed up on Wall Street today:
Dow +0.62%, S&P +0.74%, Nasdaq +0.45%, Oil –0.18%, Gold -0.42%.

On the commodities front, Oil (NYSE:USO) declined to $89.01 a barrel. Precious metals also declined, with Gold (NYSE:GLD) falling to $1,583 an ounce while Silver (NYSE:SLV) fell 0.03% to settle at $27.27.

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Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone is slimming down, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing sources who say Apple will use a new technology that makes the smartphone’s screen thinner. The svelte new phone is already reportedly being manufactured by Asian component makers, including Japanese liquid-crystal-display makers Sharp Corp. and Japan Display Inc., as well as LG Display (NYSE:LPL).

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On this rising market day, Cambridge Silicon Radio PLC’s (CSRE) U.S. shares rose 31 percent after the company announced a $310 million deal to sell its mobile technology business to Samsung Electronics (KR:005930).

Mattel Inc.’s (NASDAQ:MAT) shares jumped 10 percent after reporting its second quarter earnings. Net income increased 20 percent to $96.2 million ($.28 cents a share), up from $80.5 million ($0.23 cents a share) from the previous year.

Over on the downside, State Street Corp. ‘s (NYSE:STT) shares fell six percent after announcing a decline in its second quarter earnings. The company also said it will purchase Goldman Sachs’ (NYSE:GS) hedge fund administration business for $550 million.

Cheniere Energy Inc. ‘s (AMEX:LNG) shares dropped six percent after the company said it would increase its secondary public offering size to 28 million shares.

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Markets closed up on Wall Street today: 
Dow +0.81%, S&P +0.67%, Nasdaq +1.12%, Oil +0.75%, Gold -0.85%.

On the commodities front, Oil (NYSE:USO) rose to $89.89 a barrel. Precious metals declined, with Gold (NYSE:GLD) falling to $1,576 an ounce while Silver (NYSE:SLV) fell 0.09% to settle at $27.20.

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W.W. Grainger’s (NYSE:GWW) shares jumped 11 percent after the company reported a second quarter profit increase of 12 percent to $190.7 million or $2.63 a share. This exceeded analysts’ estimates.

EMC Corp.’s (NYSE:EMC) shares increased 10 percent after Tuesday’s news that the company moved ahead with its succession plans for its Chief Executive Joe Tucci by naming a top executive to oversee VMware Inc. (NYSE:VMW). Both companies presented strong preliminary revenue numbers for the second quarter. VMware’s shares increased 12 percent on Wednesday.

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On the downside, Bank of America, Inc.’s (NYSE:BAC) shares fell 4.2 percent after the the bank reported second-quarter results that exceeded Wall Street estimates. Its profits were amplified by lower provisions for loan losses.

Arena Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ:ARNA) declined almost eight percent. On Wednesday, Cowen analysts said they believe a new weight-loss drug approved by the FDA for its competitor Vivus will likely outperform a comparable Arena drug.

Rovi Corp.’s (NASDAQ:ROVI) shares dropped 42 percent after the company estimated fiscal second-quarter earnings below analyst estimates thanks to lower revenue from its consumer-electronics business. The company also slashed its full-year picture, noting delays from adding new patent licenses and some product launches.

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Markets closed up on Wall Street today: 
Dow +0.27%, S&P +0.27%, Nasdaq +0.79%, Oil +2.84%, Gold +0.63%.

On the commodities front, Oil (NYSE:USO) rose to $92.42 a barrel. Precious metals also increased, with Gold (NYSE:GLD) rising to $1,581.00 an ounce while Silver (NYSE:SLV) increased 0.17% to settle at $27.24.

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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced the release date for Windows 8 just one day before it was to report fourth-quarter earnings, which analysts say may show the first ever loss for the company after it had to write down the value of a troubled takeover. In 2007, Microsoft paid $6.3 billion for online advertising service Aquantive but has said the service did not perform as expected. As a result, its earnings will be offset by a $6.2 billion charge.

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) must run ads in the U.K. saying that Samsung did not copy its design for the iPad, a British judge has ruled. Judge Colin Birss, who last week ruled that Samsung did not infringe Apple’s designs because its Galaxy Tab tablets were not “as cool” as the iPad, said that Apple should publish a notice on its website and in British newspapers to correct any impression that Samsung copied its designs.

Large gainers for Thursday included EBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY). Its shares increased 8.6 percent after the company reported late on Wednesday that second-quarter earnings had more than doubled from the previous year. Solid increases came from its marketplaces and PayPal payments divisions.

Walgreen Co. (NYSE:WAG) shares jumped 12 percent after the company said it had a new agreement with Express Scripts Holding Co. (NASDAQ:ESRX) on rates and terms for a multiple year pharmacy network agreement; terms had not been released. Express Scripts increased two percent from the news.

On the downside, Johnson Controls’ (NYSE:JCI) shares dropped eight percent. The company’s fiscal third-quarter earnings increased 17 percent with a revenue rise and decreased expenses. Results came in lower than analysts’ estimates and its prior growth forecast.

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) launched its latest iPad with little fanfare in China on Friday, avoiding the the sort of chaos that usually accompanies the company’s major product releases in the country, its most promising growth market. Gone were the long, snaking queues that usually include more than a few overnight campers, this time replaced by calm and orderly lines after Apple adopted an online reservation system that allowed it to control the flow of people to its stores.

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Yahoo’s (NASDAQ:YHOO) new chief could be looking at over $70 million in salary, bonuses, restricted stock, and stockoptions over the next five years, according to a regulatory filing made by the company on Thursday. Marissa Mayer, who joins Yahoo from a long stint at Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) where she was an executive and key spokesperson, will be receiving $1 million in annual salary, as much as $2 million in an annual bonus, and $42 million in stock options and other awards, as well as $14 million in “make whole restricted options” for forfeiture of compensation from Google.

On this down day, SanDisk’s (NASDAQ:SNDK) shares jumped 11 percent after Thursday’s better-than-expected second quarter results. Its earnings beats estimates but its net income declined from the previous year.

Dole Food Company (NYSE:DOLE) also had a good day thanks with shares rising almost 15 percent thanks to its second quarter earnings report also after Thursday’s market close. In the quarter, the company’s net income dropped to $65.5 million from $83.1 million as compared to the previous year. While revenue didn’t top analysts’ estimates, it did exceed expectations for earnings per share.

Chipotle Mexican Grill’s (NASDAQ:CMG) shares lost more than 20 percent of its value after reporting earnings on Thursday after the bell. The company said sales had slowed in the second quarter and that sales at restaurants open at least 13 months rose eight percent but came up short against analysts’ estimates of a 10 percent rise. Sales started slowing in April, beginning a trend that continued through May and June, according to Chipotle’s executives.

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