Today's Closing Update: Slim Gains Boost Dow

by: Midnight Trader

4:11 PM, Oct 12, 2009 --

  • NYSE up 35.6 (0.5%) to 7,051.16.
  • DJIA up 20.9 (0.2%) to 9,886.
  • S&P 500 up 4.69 (0.4%) to 1,076.
  • Nasdaq down 0.1 (0.01%) to 2,139.


  • Hang Seng down 0.93%
  • Nikkei up 1.87%
  • FTSE up 1.3%


(+) GOOG price target hiked at three firms.

(+) SNEN sold for $1.90 a share.

(+) AMGN gets upgrade.

(+) MRNA says UsiRNA reduces tumor growth in Vivo.

(+) BDK raises share guidance.

(+) V, MA get analyst upgrades.


(-) DRIV plunges as Symantec will not extend contract.

(-) DEPO quickly loses early upside; reports positive results in trial for menopausal hot flashes.

(-) KBH discloses SEC inquiry.


Stock averages close narrowly mixed late in the session, having given up broad early gains. The DJIA finished up 0.2%. The S&P 500 edged up 0.4%. The tech-concentrated Nasdaq Composite ends just in the red, down less than 0.1%.

Stock averages turned narrowly mixed in afternoon trading, having given up broad early gains. Consolidation kicked in as the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit fresh highs for the year and near the 10,000 line. Tech share declines partly offset energy share gains. Tech shares found early support but eventually turned mixed. Several analysts raised their price targets on Google (NASDAQ:GOOG). Crude oil closes up 2% at $73.27 a barrel, having hit a six-week high.

Trading was generally quiet with the bond market and the federal government closed for the Columbus Day holiday in the United States. Asia traded mixed; Europe got a boost from surprisingly upbeat results from Dutch conglomerate Philips (NYSE:PHG).

Goldman Sachs upped Google's (GOOG) price target to $585 from $560 on higher earnings estimates from 2009 to 2011, MarketWatch reported. "Discussions with advertising agencies, including a dinner we hosted with senior agency executives, point to rising spending on Google since June, led by travel, clothing and home improvement advertisers," the broker said. Goldman kept Google's rating at "conviction buy."

Meanwhile, JP Morgan analysts raised their earnings per share and revenue targets for the tech giant's third quarter. Morgan's team now sees third quarter earnings per share at $5.41, compared to their prior $5.20 cents estimate. They upped their revenue target to $4.27 billion for the third quarter, compared to $4.12 billion previously.

Kaufman reportedly boosted its price target on the issue to $600 from $520 per share.

MDRNA (NASDAQ:MRNA) gainded after the company says new in vivo data show continued progress in the advancement of the company's oncology program. The company reported that MDRNA's UsiRNAs, delivered by the its DiLA2 platform, down-regulated a previously "non-druggable" target with subsequent reductions in tumor growth in models of liver and bladder cancer via both systemic and local delivery.

Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE:BBW) jumped on an upgrade to outperform from market perform at BMO Capital Markets.

In deal news, Sinoenergy (SNEN) says it will be bought by Skywide Capital Management for $1.90 per share.

On the downside, Digital River (NASDAQ:DRIV-OLD) plunged. Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) has notified Digital River that Symantec will not extend its existing e-commerce agreement.

The agreement, under which Digital River provides a variety of e-commerce-related services to Symantec, expires on June 30, 2010. In 2008, sales of products for Symantec accounted for 24.3% of Digital River revenue and sales derived from proprietary Digital River services sold to Symantec consumers accounted for 9.4% of Digital River revenue.