Primavera! Investor confidence returned Thursday preceding the Labor Department's weekly jobs numbers released Friday (actual reported was 162,000 added jobs in March-highest increase in three years). I guess the drop in the weekly claims for jobless benefits (preliminary) was enough of a carrot to start the market hopping.
Adding to the sunshine, reports that US and overseas manufacturing activities had risen in March. This led to investors filling their baskets with energy, materials and even Caterpillars (CAT) pushing the S&P up to 1178, the highest level in 18 months.
Spring into the second-quarter with these Zacks commentaries:
• More Breakdown of BLS Numbers
• Employment Report In-Depth
• Why Some Have More 'Luck' In Options Than Others
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Today's Top Stories: Monday- April 05, 2010
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- Aggressive Growth - Endo Pharmaceuticals (ENDP) estimates surged after reporting its quarterly results in February, now projecting 12% growth this year. The Zacks Consensus rose 31 cents on the news, to $3.17. Shares of ENDO are exchanging hands at just 7.5 times this years estimate. Read More...
Growth & Income - Lennox International (LII) Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2010 is up 6 cents, or 2.8%, to $2.17, and the 2011 Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased 12 cents, or 4.6%, to $2.76.Those estimates represent annual growth of 22.3% and 27.1%, respectively. Read More...
Momentum - Herbalife, Inc. (HLF) fourth-quarter sales were up 23% from last year to $630.9 million. Earnings also came in strong at 98 cents, 8% ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company has surprised in each of the last four quarters by an average of 14%. Read More...
Value - Bank of Montreal (BMO) reported its first quarter results which surprised on the Zacks Consensus by 9 cents. Earnings per share were $1.07 compared to the consensus of 98 cents. The second quarter Zacks Consensus Estimate is up 10 cents to $1.05 in the last 30 days with 4 estimates moving higher. Read More...
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- ZACKS INDUSTRY OUTLOOK: Publishing Industry Stock Review - April 2010
To curb shrinking advertising revenue and improve market shares battered by the recent economic downturn, the publishing companies are now even considering charging readers for online content. We are favorable on McClatchy (MNI), but not The Washington... Read More...
- AutoNation (AN) Sees Improved Quarter
- HP (HPQ) Ends Patent Dispute with Chinese Co.
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