The market was up all around today:
|Dow Jones Industrial Average ||+46.24 [+0.37%]||12,625.19|
|Nasdaq ||+18.62 [+0.67%]||2,788.33|
|S&P 500 ||+6.46 [+0.49%]||1,314.50|
Lifting the markets was good news out of the banking sector, with Bank of America
B of A became profitable on a full-year basis, but that was due to asset sales rather than operations. However, its lending showed strength and it seems to be executing well on its plan to become leaner and meaner. After popping around 5% initially, shares settled back to a 2.4% gain on the day, leading all Dow components.
Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley reported a loss, but one that wasn't as bad as analysts expected. It showed strength in its trading business and shares rose 5.4%.
The banks ruled the market during the day, but Google's
How can Larry Page's opinion be so different than the market's gut response? Either he's wrong, he understands the numbers better, or he's keeping a longer-term view. Until convinced otherwise, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that it's one of the latter two.
The daily news is fun to check out, but remember that these summaries are just a starting point. Dig in to the earnings of Bank of America or Google if you're intrigued.
Anand Chokkavelu owns shares of and long-dated options on Bank of America. The Motley Fool owns shares of Bank of America and Google. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Google. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.