After Hours Trading Report for May 8

Wall StreetApollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE:APO) is up 1.64% in after hours trading at $13.05. APO traded 621 thousand shares during regular trading hours as it finished up 5.33% at $12.85. Apollo Global Management announced first quarter results after market close today and beat expectations. The company saw earnings rise 23% in the first quarter. The company has a market cap of 1.62 billion.

Mitek Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:MITK) is up 4.17% this afternoon at $2.75. MITK traded 865 thousand shares during normal trading today as the stock closed down 0.38% at $2.64. MITK shares have dropped more than 50% over the past five days on poor earnings. [Read more...]

After Hours Report for April 16

NasdaqDefinitely a mixed bag on Wall Street today. The Dow jumped back into positive territory while Apple sent the Nasdaq into the red. Economic data also gave investors a mixed bag as the NY manufacturing index cooled and the housing issue continues to haunt the street. Add in some storm clouds building in Europe and to say we might me in a bit of limbo would be an understatement.

The big news internationally will be Argentina’s nationalization of YPF. That is sure to cause consternation in Spain which has already released a statement saying they are weighing their options (diplo-speak for we ain’t happy). Domestically tech darlings Apple and Google seem to have lost their upward momentum with Apple shares dropping 4% today.

The Dow closed up 72, while the Nasdaq dropped 23. The S&P ended the day flat. [Read more...]

Stock Futures Negative on European Woes, Stocks to Watch

Wall Street signEuropean issues are looking to cause another negative start the the trading day domestically. Analysts are trying to figure if yesterday’s sharp sell-off is a sign of a bigger correction or just another opportunity for investors to buy a dip. Dow futures are currently down 36 points to 12,969. Nasdaq and S&P 500 futures are both off slightly, down 3 and 4 points respectively.

Jobless claims should help temper some of the European doldrums. Claims fell to 357k this week. The rolling 4-week average dropped 4k to to 361k. While job growth is not necessarily picking up steam, there hasn’t been a bump in the road either. The unemployment figures are slated for release tomorrow which is a market holiday.

In Europe, Spanish and Italian bond yields continue rise giving fuel to the fears that the EU is still unable to contain their sovereign debt crisis. France also saw a small jump in borrowing costs as it held a bond auction this morning. Thankfully it went off without a hitch, unlike yesterday’s poorly received Spanish auction. [Read more...]

US Futures Being Dragged Down By Europe. Stocks to Watch: PLCM, WDC, VMW, BAC, AAPL, YHOO, VZ

With major earnings coming out today, Wall Street is being dominated again by uncertainty coming out of Europe. The lack of any meaningful bond-swap deal in Greece is sending the futures lower. Dow futures are down 46 points to 12, 606. Nasdaq futures are shedding nearly 9 points, and the S&P 500 is down 6.50 points to 1,304.50.

Greece continues to march to towards a default deadline in March. The lack of any deal by then could force the nation into default as a series of bods mature in the month. A demand by private creditors for a 4% coupon on any new bonds was soundly rejected by EU officials as too high. The sent the banking-heavy Stoxx 600 index down nearly a percent, and is pressuring US futures as we near the open.

Domestically all eyes will be on the FOMC meeting today. With economic data improving, some analysts believe it will tie the Fed’s hands when it comes to a new round of QE. Other analysts point out that with CPI moderating, it could give them cover to extend the stimulus program.

In earnings, McDonald’s and Johnson and Johnson are slated to report today. McDonald’s is expected to post a fourth-quarter profit of $1.30 a share on sales of $6.81 billion. Johnson and Johnson is expected to post fourth-quarter earnings of $1.09 per share on $16.28 billion in revenue.

In Asia, shares of the main Indian stock market soared after their central bank cut banking reserve requirements. This was done to ease the burgeoning liquidity crisis in the country. Japan was boosted by energy producers, while the Chinese New Year kept markets closed in China.

Gold prices are being kept in check by the strength of the dollar today. After a near constant run-up since the start of 2012, gold prices are down just over $10 to $1665.50.

Oil futures continue to have little reaction to the Iranian oil embargo instituted yesterday. Most of this is due to the fact it does not start for six months and Europe left themselves a sizable escape hatch. Nymex futures are down 31 cents to $99.26.

Stocks to watch today include Polycom Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCM), Western Digital Company (NYSE:WDC), VMware Inc. (NYSE:VMW), Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)

Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCM) is up 12.38% in pre market trading at $20.75. PLCM shares are jumping this morning after the company released its fourth quarter earnings yesterday. Polycom saw fourth quarter profit rise 50%. Its adjusted earnings came in at $0.41 per share, beating analysts’ estimates of $0.29 per share. For the first quarter, Polycom is expecting revenue to decline 2% because of its efforts to ‘realign’ its North American sales force. The company has a market cap of 3.26 billion.

Western Digital Corporation (NYSE:WDC) is up 4.75% in pre market trading at $36.33. WDC shares are rising following second quarter results from the company. Western Digital saw adjusted EPS of $1.51, beating estimates of $0.71. The company expects third quarter EPS to be around $1.15-$1.45 with analysts estimating $0.91. The company has a market cap of 8.11 billion.

VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) is up 4.19% in pre market trading at $89.60. VMW stock is rallying after the company reported sales and profit that beat Wall Street estimates. Revenue increased by 27% from a year ago to $1.06 billion and posted a profit of $0.62 per share. Analysts were expecting $0.60 per share in profit. The company has a market cap of 36.31 billion.

Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC) is down 1.79% in pre market trading at $7.12. BAC shares are slipping as the entire market is set to open lower due to uncertainty in Europe. BAC typically trades 271.7 million shares a day on average. The company has a market cap of 76.39 billion.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is down 0.40% in pre market trading at $425.72. AAPL is set to report quarterly results after the closing bell today. AAPL trades 12.5 million shares a day on average. The stock has been trading between a range of $420 and $430 for about a week now as investors wait for their quarter results to come in. The company has a market cap of 397.24 billion.

Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) is trading slightly down in pre market trading at $15.65. YHOO trades 21.7 million shares a day on average. YHOO will announced their latest quarterly results later today and analysts are expecting to see EPS of $0.24 with revenue at $1.19 billion. The company has a market cap of 19.45 billion.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is down 1.95% in pre market trading at $37.65. VZ shares are taking a hit today after Verizon posted a $2 billion fourth quarter loss on pension adjustment. Verizon EPS came in at $0.52 per share with analysts expecting $0.53 per share. Revenue increased 7.7% from a year ago to $28.4 billion. The company has a market cap of 108.71 billion.

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