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1. Yahoo! earnings don't earn the exclamation point
Apparently, purple isn't the new black. Shares of your favorite middle-school search engine, Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO ) , dropped 2.4% in after-hours trading following the company's earnings report Tuesday afternoon, which missed expectations. Although its earnings rose over 2013 from 2012, Yahoo!'s overall revenues fell as display ads saw much less action.
Last year was a busy, busy one for ol' Yahoo! In the tech company's effort to become relevant again, fresh new CEO Marissa Mayer went on a buying spree that would have made Samantha Jones jealous -- those purchases included Tumblr, Evntlive, Ptch, Bread Labs, and a bunch of other random tech start-ups with ridiculously spelled names that you've never heard of.
The takeaway is that Wall Street may not have been pumped about the earnings report, but there's one Yahoo! investment that investors are gaga over: Alibaba. Yahoo! owns 24% of the Asian eBay/Amazon.com fusion giant (since 2005), and Yahoo!'s revenues from Alibaba have popped 50% since last year -- now Wall Street is wondering whether Alibaba will have its IPO this year, which would reward Yahoo! handsomely.
2. Ford drives to an impressive fourth quarter
The takeaway is that Wall Street isn't only excited by the fact that Ford reaffirmed its strong projections for the rest of 2014 -- Ford is also adding some muscle to its legendary F-150 truck. Ford is introducing a new, lightweight aluminum body to the F-150 this year, which will be just as strong, add even more tow capability, and cut 700 pounds from the frame -- and investors think America will buy.
The Case-Shiller home Price Index measures average home prices in 20 U.S. metropolitan areas. Despite a jump in long-term interest rates since May that caused demand for new mortgages to wane somewhat, a low supply of available homes out there is keeping prices high. Las Vegas and San Francisco had the biggest jumps, at more than 20% each. Stocks that rely on consumer spending benefited from the news, but housing stocks benefited more.
An index of home stocks practically exploded on the news. But specifically the homebuilder D.R. Horton (NYSE: DHI ) jumped 9.8%. If the market is hot, people and businesses are more likely to build homes. You should feel good at your home while watching the Super Bowl this weekend (13.7% better than last year, at least).
- The two-day Federal Reserve policy meeting ends
Fourth-quarter earnings: Facebook, JetBlue