3 Stocks Set to Beat the S&P Today

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LONDON -- European stock markets are managing to squeeze out some gains Tuesday as speculation surrounding Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's semi-annual address to Congress later today suggests he will announce further stimulus measures following a month of rather downbeat economic news. Early premarket trade has the U.S. markets following suit, with the S&P 500 (INDEX: ^GSPC) set to open 0.4% higher.

Even with this broader optimism, some individual names are outperforming. Here are three American depositary receipts that are set to beat the S&P today.

Barclays (NYS: BCS)
The U.K. bank at the head of the LIBOR scandal is trading 2.5% higher in London following testimony by former CFO Jerry Del-Messier to the Treasury Select Committee yesterday, where he suggested that he did believe he had received instructions from the Bank of England to lower LIBOR submissions.


This comes amid a wave of stories surrounding the ongoing scandal, with news that the Financial Services Authority has seven lenders under investigations for attempting to manipulate LIBOR, including state-backed Royal Bank of Scotland (NYS: RBS) , and that it has now emerged that the Bank of England encouraged contact about LIBOR between banks during the period of fixing.

Veolia Environnement (NYS: VE)
The French utility is seeing a second day of gains this morning, up 1.3% as confidence surrounding the potential sale of its U.S. waste management unit grows. Highstar Capital, Madison Dearborn Partners, and Estre Ambiental are said to be the three remaining bidders in the final stages of discussions. The deal is expected to be announced in the next two weeks and could be worth $1.5 billion to $2 billion.

ArcelorMittal (NYS: MT)
The steelmaker is trading around 1.1% higher in Paris today after a report said that ministers from France, Belgium, and Luxembourg would be meeting in September to examine possible ways in which local Arcelor sites in their respective countries can be kept open.

This comes just days after a report by Eurofer suggested that the European steel industry would not recover until 2013 due to lack of demand on the continent. It also follows news on the weekend that Arcelor will be appealing a South African court ruling that would require it to invest 241 million rand in the Kalagadi Manganese project.

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