Haven’t dropped your $250 yet for a piece of the Packers? You’ve got nine more days to “invest” and can do so even if you favor the Blue Bombers or Roughriders.
The Packers announced Monday that their stock is now available in Canada.
“Since launching our sale in the United States, we’ve received a lot of interest from our fans in Canada,” said team President/CEO Mark Murphy in a statement. “After receiving approval from the NFL, we have now clarified the regulatory requirements in Canada and are excited to offer ownership to our fans there.”
As of last week, the team had 17,000 shares remaining after making 280,000 available in December.
Though the stock doesn’t appreciate in value, the sale has raised money the publicly owned franchise is reinvesting into the latest expansion of Lambeau Field.
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Stocks continue to slowly work their way higher, putting stocks at their best levels of the afternoon. Telecom stocks now make up today’s top performing sector. As a group they’re up 0.9%. Integrated telecom giant and Dow component Verizon (VZ 38.47, +0.42) is a primary leader in the space.
Stocks have spent the past 30 minutes working their way higher. The effort has all three major equity averages at their best levels of the day. Of particular interest, the S&P 500 is now testing its multi-month closing high. Financials have emerged as clear-cut leaders. Their upward push has the overall financial sector sporting a 1.4% gain. That move has been matched only by the Utilities sector, but utilities collectively carry only a fraction of the financial sector’s market weight.
A recent wave of selling has forced stocks lower, making for weak trade after it had been mostly mixed.
News that officials in China intend to expand the country’s investment in Europe rekindled buying interest ahead of the open, but enthusiasm was dampened by concerns that efforts to get bailout funds to Greece could become bogged down because of doubts that Greece may not fully follow through with its pledges for new austerity measures.
The broad market spent the morning chopping along with a modest gain, but a sudden barrage of selling has since sent it into the red. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq is now at the neutral line after it had been up nearly 1% about 30 minutes ago. Tech stocks were a primary source of strength for the Nasdaq, but they, too, have been undercut by the recent wave of selling. As for the Dow, lackluster action among blue chips has left it in the red for almost the entire day.
Comcast (CMCSA 28.56, +1.31) and Teva Pharma (TEVA 45.38, +1.86) have been standouts following their latest quarterly reports, which featured upside earnings surprises. Deere & Co. (DE 85.90, -3.15) also posted earnings that exceeded what had been expected, but the stock has slumped to test its three-week lows. Meanwhile, apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF 49.50, +4.91) shares have surged 11% even though the company’s latest quarterly earnings came short of the Wall Street consensus. However, the company’s management reiterated their full-year guidance, which they actually deemed conservative.
As for economic data, the eurozone reported a 0.3% decline in fourth quarter GDP. Germany’s GDP declined by 0.2%, but economic activity in France expanded by 0.2%. Although largely unimpressive, the headline numbers were generally a bit better than or on the order of what had been expected. Domestic data featured an improved survey on manufacturing activity in the New York, flat monthly industrial production, and an improved monthly Housing Market Index. On their way are minutes from the most recent FOMC meeting (2:00 PM ET).
Stocks have been unable to build on their recent rebound effort, leaving the major equity averages to remain in the red. Although energy stocks had been displaying leadership, the sector’s momentum has stalled. As a result, energy stocks are now up just 0.2% for the day. That said, names like Devon Energy (DVN 67.61, +1.97), Cabot Oil (COG 35.04, +1.00), and Newfield Exploration (NFX 39.40, +1.24) are still sporting gains roughly on the order of 3%.
A recent rebound attempt has been countered with renewed selling, forcing both the Nasdaq and S&P 500 to new morning lows. Meanwhile, the Dow is testing the depths that it set about 40 minutes ago. While stocks are sliding, the greenback is garnering additional buying interest. The currency has climbed to a new morning high for a 0.6% gain against a basket of major foreign currencies. Most of its move has come against Japan’s yen, which has fallen 1.1% so that it trades at 78.4 yen per dollar. The move follows news that Japan’s central bank has expanded the size of its asset purchase program. Meanwhile, the euro is down just 0.2% against the greenback at $1.31.
The major market averages hold just off their best levels of the session a quiet trade progresses. An advance of 0.8% has the Nasdaq leading the way while the S&P 500 and Dow trail with gains of 0.6% and 0.5% respectively. Volume has been rather uninspiring, and is on track to fall short of Friday’s 650 million shares on the NYSE. European financials are seeing modest gains after last night’s Greek vote on austerity measures received Parliamentary approval and paved the way for the troubled country to receive a second bailout from the Troika. German bank Deutsche Bank (DB 44.58, +0.45) is higher by 1.1% while Britain’s Barclays (BCS 14.95, +0.14) lags with a 0.8% gains. The European banks are trailing their American counterparts as Bank of America (BAC 8.28, +0.21) and Citigroup (C 33.40, +0.48) are higher by 2.7% and 1.5% respectively.
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Beverly Hilton hotel employees tell TMZ … Whitney Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her room.
As we previously reported, a member of Whitney’s entourage discovered her responsive and called hotel security, who then called 911.
We’re told police arrived to the scene within minutes and fire was already there on an unrelated call. Paramedics performed CPR, but it did not work and she was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM.
Our sources say there were no obvious signs of foul play, but BH PD detectives have begun a full investigation.
As of this post, cops are still waiting on a warrant to search the room.
Houston won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards during her record-breaking career. Her album “Whitney” was the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts. She has sold 200 albums world wide.
Houston holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Grambling State University in Louisiana.
Houston had one child, Bobbi Kristina, with husband Bobby Brown. Houston and Brown were married from 1992-2007.
Today’s descent has dashed the modest gains that stocks achieved in each of the three preceding sessions. As a consequence, the S&P 500 is now down 0.3% for the week. Should that persist, stocks will book their first weekly loss in six weeks. The streak of five straight weekly gains is the best stretch for the stock market since it scored seven straight to round out 2010 and start 2011.
Stocks have moved up to afternoon highs as they enter the final hour of the session. Overall gains are only modest, though.
So far this week market participants have gone without any data to trade on, but tomorrow brings the latest weekly initial jobless claims count. The European Central Bank and the Bank of England are also expected to make announcements regarding their respective monetary policies.
After the close, Akamai Tech (AKAM 34.28, +0.63), News Corp (NWSA 19.57, +0.07), Prudential (PRU 60.11, -0.32), Visa (V 107.75, +0.77), Whole Foods (WFM 77.87, +2.07), and Dow component Cisco (CSCO 20.32, +0.11) are slated to announce earnings results. PepsiCo (PEP 66.76, +0.00) reports tomorrow morning. DJ30 +4.12 NASDAQ +10.43 SP500 +2.63 NASDAQ Adv/Vol/Dec 1260/1.39 bln/1220 NYSE Adv/Vol/Dec 1545/465 mln/1415
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Stocks extended their opening slide beneath the prior session’s lows, but buyers have stepped in to fuel a rebound. The effort has taken both the Nasdaq and the Dow into positive territory, but the S&P 500 has paused near the neutral line. The upward move by stocks has been broad based, but there still isn’t a clear source of leadership. Energy stocks, which outperformed in the prior session, are still down 0.3% today. Meanwhile, both consumer discretionary and consumer staples plays are sporting collective gains of 0.3%. While that may be better than what any other sector has scored, neither group has the weight to carry the broad market higher, however.
A lack of positive catalysts have kept the major equity averages chopping along in negative territory all day. Losses are only modest, though.
Without any economic data or corporate reports of major consequence market participants had little to focus on besides Greece’s ongoing struggle to establish and implement austerity measures, as well as covenants with its creditors. Chatter — nothing official — about a pending agreement has helped lift the euro out of the red to a modest gain against the greenback.
For the most part, stocks have shrugged off the headline; too often in recent weeks have such stories proven to be only rumors.
Although all 10 major sectors started the session in the red, energy stocks have been making a steady march higher. In fact, the sector is now at a session high and sporting a 0.5% gain. Every other sector is either mired in negative territory or stuck near the neutral line.