Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Market Direction Is Decidedly Indecisive; Ebay, NetFlix Report, Soar

For the second straight session, the Dow was down while the S&P and NASDAQ sported small gains.

A bifurcated market is often one which is about to change direction, so, since the general direction has been up, up and up, a change would indicate, what, lower prices for stocks?

Bernanke, Yellen and company simply cannot have that, thus, like everything else since 2008, everything depends solely upon the whims of the central bank. So sad.

Aftre the bell, eBay announced 4Q earnings, which were decidedly upbeat, with revenues up 14% from a year ago, and earnings per share of 81 cents, a decisive beat. Additionally, the company announced a $5 billion stock buyback program and also received a proposal from meddling Carl Icahn, who wants to see PayPal split out and an independent company, a move which would make a good deal of sense, since PayPal is the company's main profit driver. Shares soared more than eight percent in after-hours trading.

Netflix also announced fourth-quarter earnings after the bell and absolutely blew out the estimates. The company earned $48 million, or 79 cents per share, during final three months of 2013, compared to $8 million, or 13 cents per share, at the same time in 2012.

Revenue rose 24 percent from the previous year to nearly $1.2 billion and the US subscriber base grew by 2.3 million in the quarter. The stock was up more than 17% in the after-hours.

Look for NASDAQ futures to be up about 25 points prior to Thursday's open.

DOW 16,373.34, -41.10 (-0.25%)
NASDAQ 4,243.00, +17.24 (+0.41%)
S&P 1,844.86, +1.06 (+0.06%)
10-Yr Note 99.02, -0.06 (-0.06%) Yield: 2.87%
NASDAQ Volume 1.88 Bil
NYSE Volume 3.36 Bil
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 3467-2224
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 424-43
WTI crude oil: 96.73, +1.76
Gold: 1,238.60, -3.20
Silver: 19.84, 0.031
Corn: 426.00, +1.25

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