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Stocks edge higher in quiet trading

  • Stock benchmarks drifted higher in a quiet session without any major economic news; the leading indexes still finished the week with losses, led by the Russell 2000's 3.9% descent.
  • The financial sector lagged, as Wells Fargo's Q2 results indicated a continued slowdown in its mortgage business and narrowing net interest margin; energy stocks fell as Nymex crude oil futures dropped below $101/bbl to the lowest close in two months.
  • Participation was well below average with only 571M shares changing hands on the NYSE floor.
  • Activity should pick up next week, as big banks including Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs are scheduled to report; in the tech sector, Yahoo, Intel and eBay are on deck.
  • Treasury prices posted modest gains, with the 10-year note adding 5 ticks to send its yield lower by 2 bps to 2.52%.
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  • John Georgiou
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    next week will mixed and small caps will suffer
    12 Jul, 11:32 AM Reply Like
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