Futures for U.S. markets were higher late Thursday, but they have provided little guidance to Wall Street’s performance in regular trade in the final week of the year as both the Trump and Santa rallies wilted.
Both the Dow Jones Industrials and S&P 500 were up 0.07% while Nasdaq gained 0.12% at 9:28 p.m. EST.
Investors likely won’t push the Dow over the much-sought-after 20,000 mark on the last trading day of the year Friday, but they also won’t be distracted by large government bond auctions, as they were Wednesday and Thursday. Low volumes and a dearth of news are also likely to temper any market-related fireworks.
All three indices closed lower Thursday with the Dow off 0.07%, the S&P 0.03% and Nasdaq 0.12%. Europe, by comparison, was mixed with Germany’s Dax off 0.21% and the Cac in Paris down 0.2% while London’s FTSE added 0.2%.
Top 5 Stocks To Own Right Now: MGT Capital Investments Inc(MGT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
MGT Capital Investments Inc. (NYSE: MGT) shares shot up 73 percent to $2.98 after John McAfee proposed to become Executive Chairman and CEO.
Shares of Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ANAC) got a boost, shooting up 55 percent to $99.49 after the company agreed to be acquired by Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) for $99.25 per share.
- [By Lisa Levin]
MGT Capital Investments Inc. (NYSE: MGT) was down, falling around 24 percent to $2.47 as the company reported that it has received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission. MGT Capital said there is no indication that ‘the company is or will be the subject of any enforcement proceedings.’
Top 5 Stocks To Own Right Now: L.B. Foster Company(FSTR)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Wednesday afternoon, basic materials shares gained by 1.74 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).
- [By Lee Jackson]
The L.B. Foster Co. (NASDAQ: FSTR) had one of itsdirectors adding to a position last week. Legion Partners bought 72,301 shares of the transportation and energy infrastructure company at prices between $12.27 and $13.07. The total for the purchase came in right at $1 million. The shares closed Friday at $13.30, in a 52-week range of$9.25 to $20.77. The consensus price target is $15.00.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Friday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI) and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).
Top 5 Stocks To Own Right Now: Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc(MTU)
- [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]
The one currency that is running against the weak dollar tide is the Japanese yen. The yen initially climbed on the Fed’s no taper decision—rising to 97.75 on the news—but then fell all the way back to 99 yen to the dollar and finished yesterday at 99.42. (Remember that since the yen is quoted in yen to the dollar, a higher number is a sign of a weak yen and a smaller number means the yen is getting stronger.) The thinking seems to be that the recent Japanese trade deficit will push the Bank of Japan to further weaken the yen, in order to boost Japanese exports. I continue to think that the yen will finish 2013 at weaker levels than current trading, and that leads me to continue to hold positions in Japanese stocks such as Toyota Motor (TM) and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MTU). Both stocks are members of my Jubaks Picks portfolio.
Top 5 Stocks To Own Right Now: Denbury Resources Inc.(DNR)
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
That sell-off in the oil market weighed on financially challenged oil stocks, which will struggle if crude continues dropping. Among the biggest losers were Abraxas Petroleum (NASDAQ:AXAS), Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), California Resources (NYSE:CRC), and Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:CIE).
- [By Paul Ausick]
Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE: DNR) dropped about 10.7% Monday to register a new 52-week low of $0.91 after closing at $1.03 on Friday. The 52-week high is $4.29. Volume was around 7.3million, about 1 million more than the daily average. The company also announced operational issues related to tropical storm Harvey.
- [By John Stevens]
Denbury Resources (DNR) stock started sinking on Wednesday. They continued to go down on Thursday and Friday as well. Overall, they went down by over 15% since they opened on Wednesday, alongside oil prices as traders booked profits after three sessions of gains.
Denbury Resources Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company’s operations are focused on two operating areas: the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions. Its properties with proved and producing reserves in the Gulf Coast region are situated in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama, and in the Rocky Mountain region are situated in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. It has estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves of over 288.6 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE). Its primary Gulf Coast carbon dioxide source is Jackson Dome, which is located near Jackson, Mississippi..
Shares of Denbury Resources slumped by 6.31% to $4.24 during trading on Thursday the 9th as oil prices declined. On Friday, the again went down by another 8.83% to close at $3.31.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Yet even though the overall market held up relatively well, some stocks took substantial hits. Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), and Pandora Media (NYSE:P) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.
Top 5 Stocks To Own Right Now: Ormat Technologies, Inc.(ORA)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of U.S. Geothermal back in positive territory while potential peer mid cap Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN) is underperforming and Ormat Technologies, Inc (NYSE: ORA) has been taking off for two years: