Dow Jonesing for Gains Following Spain-Induced Sell-Off
With a lack of market-moving economic data ahead today, all eyes will fixate on Europe once again. Yesterday, news of a Spanish aid package backfired on investors, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) falling 143 points after opening up nearly 100 in early trading. The $125 billion package, aimed at rescuing Spanish banks, has led to new questions on the potential need for additional bailout funds in the near future. These events occur only days before critical elections in Greece that will largely determine the country's ability to stay in the eurozone.
Fool me twice, shame on me
Moving on to company news, reports surfaced yesterday evening that top brass at JPMorgan Chase (NYS: JPM) were made aware of unsuitable behavior on the loss-prone London trading desk as early as 2010. The discovery comes on the heels of the disclosure of $2 billion in trading losses in early May. That number could rise to as much as $5 billion over time, well short of the $30 billion in lost market capitalization since the disclosure.
Earnings and events
On the earnings front, women's apparel retailer Michael Kors (NYS: KORS) announced its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings this morning. Shares are up more than 10% in premarket trading after the company beat estimates handily, posting $380 million in revenue ($361 million estimate) and earnings per share of $0.21 ($0.16 estimate).
Buzz about the keynote address at Apple's (NAS: AAPL) developer's conference will undoubtedly dominate headlines in tech today. Key announcements included the rollout of a new MacBook Pro with Retina display, the introduction of mobile operating system iOS 6, and the unveiling of a homegrown mapping application.
While it won't receive as many headlines, another tech conference kicks off today in Cisco's (NYS: CSCO) annual customer conference, Cisco Live. Prior to a keynote address from CEO John Chambers, the company is hosting a news conference discussing core networking and cloud strategy at 11:30 a.m. EDT. Shares in the networking leader, which leads global market share in both switches and routers, have declined 12% following a disappointing near-term outlook provided on its last earnings call.
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