LONDON -- European equity markets are managing to push higher Tuesday amid speculation surrounding Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's semiannual address to Congress later today, with many expecting him to announce further stimulus measures following a month of rather downbeat economic news. Early premarket trade has the U.S. markets following their European counterparts, with the S&P 500 (INDEX: ^GSPC ) set to open 0.4% higher.
As always, despite this upbeat tone there are a number of stocks underperforming. Here are three American depositary receipts the S&P should beat today.
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU )
The French communications manufacturer has plummeted more than 15.3% this morning after it announced a 40 million euro operating loss for the second quarter of this year, which led it to abandon its full-year profit target.
The company said that despite increased sales, it was unable to turn a bigger profit due to its "business mix," and it has now said it will not be able to beat last year's 3.9% operating profit margin.
Nokia (NYSE: NOK )
The Finnish phone manufacturer is seeing a second day of losses Tuesday after AT&T said it will be slashing the price of Nokia's new Lumia 900 handset in half, due to lack of demand. The new smartphone, which Nokia had hoped would be a rival to iPhone and Android models, will now be priced at $49.99 in the U.S. Nokia shares are trading 4.2% lower.
Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB )
The German financial giant is under pressure today, down 1.3% on news that it is one of seven banks under investigation by the U.K.'s Financial Services Authority following the LIBOR-fixing scandal, which has so far seen a record $453 million fine imposed upon Barclays (NYSE: BCS ) .
Meanwhile, legal offices in five U.S. states are opening up their own investigations into the LIBOR scandal, all at different stages of investigation, with those in New York and Connecticut having been underway for the past six months.
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