Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over daily movements, we do like to keep an eye on market changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.
Major indices are mixed after the Automatic Data Processing reported that 175,000 private-sector jobs were added to the U.S. economy last month, lower than the 185,000 economists were looking for, while December's figure of 238,000 was revised down to 227,000. As of 1:10 p.m. EST, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI ) was up by 21 points, or 0.14%, the S&P 500 was down by 0.03%, and the Nasdaq was lower by 0.22%.
Whatever happens today, the real market moves will come on Friday after the Labor Department's jobs report is released.
One Dow loser today is Boeing (NYSE: BA ) , as shares are down .92%. Oddly enough, the move comes on a day when the company is reportedly set to sign a deal worth more than $3.9 billion to supply SpiceJet with 38 737 Max aicraft. But in addition to that, an Air India-owned 787 Dreamliner had to divert to an airport in Malaysia due to a technical failure. This was the latest in a series of troubles for the Boeing aircraft. While the Dreamliner's previous battery problems hurt the stock initially, they didn't leave any last effects and I wouldn't expect this issue to permanently damage the stock or the brand. Boeing is likely just flying through some turbulence, thus investors should just hold tight and wait out the bad weather.
Outside the Dow, one new technology sector that had been on fire the last few years is tumbling today. The world of 3-D printing is being hurt after a leading company, 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD ) , cut its guidance for the full fiscal 2013 and 2014 years. The company previously thought it would report earnings per share within a range from $0.93 to $1.03 per share for 2013, but that has been lowered to $0.83 to $0.87; analysts had expected EPS to hit $0.96. Furthermore, management reduced earnings-per-share estimates for 2014 to a range from $0.73 to $0.85, while analysts were expecting EPS to hit $1.27. Management noted the weaker than expected figures are due to high research and development spending and lower than expected consumer demand. Shares of 3D Systems are down more than 14.6%, while another industry player, Stratasys, is off by 3.2%.
One last loser to note is Estee Lauder (NYSE: EL ) , where shares are off by 4.7%. The drop comes after the company reported fiscal second-quarter earnings fell 3% during the quarter despite revenue increasing 3%. Earnings came in at $1.09 per share, compared to $1.13 per share a year earlier, while analysts expected a profit of $1.06. The lower earnings on higher revenue was due to high the impact of foreign currency exchange. Management said it believes it will post full-year earnings within a range from $2.80 to $2.87, while analysts expect $2.88 per share.
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