Jobless Claims (348Kvs 365K expected and prior 358K); Housing Starts (.699M vs .675M and prior .657M) & Building Permits (.676M vs .684M expected and prior .671M); and, Philly Fed (10.2 vs 9.5 expected and prior 7.3). These were all good reports.
Moody's like other rating ("ratting"?) agencies states it will lower ratings on 17 major banks from JP Morgan (NYSE:JPM), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). It's hard to trust rating agencies given their habit of being late to the obvious. They're the most fee-conflicted organizations on the planet. Despite Moody's warnings all the mentioned bank stocks rallied powerfully.
General Motors (NYSE:GM) earnings ($.39 vs $.42 expected) report falls short of expectations but the stock rallies over 8%, Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) reported results that missed and offered future guidance below expectations but the stock reversed heavy losses to close up over 1% on analysts' "hopes"; and, after the close results from Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) $1.11 vs $1.09 expected (stock lower late), NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) reported earnings that much lower than a year ago but "after adjustments" matched estimates so naturally the stock rallied over 7%. Lastly, Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) reported substantially lower earnings but beat expectations and the shares were 4% higher late.
We can't go a day without discussing the Greek situation now can we? European shares fell early as EU finance ministers didn't like Samara's postscript that "adjustments" to their agreement may be necessary. But later conditions reversed course on a report the ECB would exchange Greek bonds for new securities. Translated this means Greek junk sovereigns will now be the property of the central bank and they'll have to pretend they don't exist for a long time.