Track the companies that matter to you. It's FREE! Click one of these fan favorites to get started: Apple; Google; Ford.



Today's 3 Best Stocks

Watch stocks you care about

The single, easiest way to keep track of all the stocks that matter...

Your own personalized stock watchlist!

It's a 100% FREE Motley Fool service...

Click Here Now

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

The broad-based S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) received a double dose of good news today from both the Federal Reserve and U.S. economic data, but profit takers proved to be too much weight for the overall market to head higher.

A recent survey conducted by the Federal Reserve of bank senior loan officers showed that there's little impetus at the moment for the U.S. central bank to pare back its monthly bond-buying program known as QE3. Interest rates soared more than 125 basis points in a matter of weeks beginning in May on the prospect that the Fed may wind down its free money program, which has artificially been keeping long-term lending rates down and boosted the drive for consumers to buy homes. With QE3 still on the table, investors can, for at least another few months, rest easy.

The ISM services index also was a nice surprise, coming in at 56 in July compared to estimates that had called for a figure in the low 53s. This was the fastest rate of expansion for the service sector in five months and speaks to the strength we saw in the jobs report last week.

Despite this news, the S&P 500 trickled lower by 2.53 points (-0.15%) to close at 1,707.14, just a fraction below its all-time closing high.

Leading the charge higher was memory chip maker Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU  ) , which continued its ascent today, up 5%, despite no company-specific news. The reasoning behind the move could have to do with its upcoming conference with analysts on Friday to discuss its recent purchase of Elpida Memory, where it'll likely provide an update on memory prices as well as its financial outlook. Recently, everything has been going Micron's way in terms of better memory prices and lower operating costs. Historically, though, I know this pattern to be short-lived and we could be very near a top in this highly cyclical tech stock.

Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN  )  also managed to prove that its chicken is really kickin'! Tyson shares gained 4.1% on the day after it reported strong third-quarter results that saw its sales hit a record of $8.7 billion, with profits rising 35% to $0.69 per share. The big reason behind the surge was record chicken profits as well as a rebound in its beef segment. For the quarter, chicken and beef prices soared 6.7% and 7.1%, respectively. As long as it can command pricing power like this, Tyson Foods could have room to run higher.

Finally, online travel service company Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE  ) shook off its recent weakness and advanced 3.2%. Expedia shares bombed last month after reporting a 28% decline in year-over-year profits as selling and marketing expenses rose by 33%. Expedia had been successfully pushing overseas like its main rival (NASDAQ: PCLN  ) . However, the cost of competing for deals is finally starting to weigh down the company. With a vast majority of Priceline's revenue coming from overseas, it still remains the prime play in online bookings while Expedia will need to show a paring back in its expenses if it hopes to regain investors' trust.

With the American indexes like the S&P 500 reaching new highs on an almost regular basis, investors and pundits alike are skeptical about future growth... but they shouldn't be! Many global regions are still stuck in neutral, and their resurgence could result in windfall profits for select companies. A recent Motley Fool report, "3 Strong Buys for a Global Economic Recovery," outlines three companies that could take off when the global economy gains steam. Click here to read the full report!

Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (5)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Compare Brokers

Fool Disclosure

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2579851, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 9/30/2016 8:24:21 PM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...

Today's Market

updated Moments ago Sponsored by:
DOW 18,308.15 164.70 0.91%
S&P 500 2,168.27 17.14 0.80%
NASD 5,312.00 42.85 0.81%

Create My Watchlist

Go to My Watchlist

You don't seem to be following any stocks yet!

Better investing starts with a watchlist. Now you can create a personalized watchlist and get immediate access to the personalized information you need to make successful investing decisions.

Data delayed up to 5 minutes

Related Tickers

9/30/2016 5:01 PM
^GSPC $2168.27 Up +17.14 +0.80%
S&P 500 INDEX CAPS Rating: No stars
EXPE $116.72 Down -1.68 -1.42%
Expedia CAPS Rating: ***
MU $17.78 Up +0.24 +1.37%
Micron Technology CAPS Rating: ***
TSN $74.67 Down -0.16 -0.21%
Tyson Foods CAPS Rating: ****
PCLN $1471.49 Down -1.49 -0.10%
Priceline Group CAPS Rating: ****