After a long streak of weekly gains, the major U.S. indexes fell this week as investors re-evaluated just how long they'd let stocks rise before cashing in some of those gains. Contributing to the pessimism during the week were lackluster economic reports out of China, leading investors to wonder whether growth for that global powerhouse may be slowing faster than expected. On the other hand, leading economic indicators in the U.S. rose faster than anticipated, while initial jobless claims fell more than expected.
By the time the dust had settled on Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Weekly price change is March 16-March 23. Monthly price change is Feb. 29-March 23.
Despite the lack of news out of Arena Pharmaceuticals
However, the past week's gains for Arena may be continued momentum from the FDA advisory panel's strong vote in favor of competitor VIVUS'
Gormans Stores, meanwhile, caught a tailwind after the company reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. Though total revenue for the quarter fell slightly short of analysts' expectations, the Omaha, Neb.-based department-store operator posted earnings per share of $0.53 versus estimates of $0.50. Net income was up 21% from the prior year on a sales boost of 10%. Comparable-store sales were up 2.1% for the quarter.
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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Weekly price change is March 16-March 23. Includes only companies with a market cap of $250 million or higher.
Joining in on the big gains during the week were Smith & Wesson
Gun maker Smith & Wesson saw its shares surge after competitor Sturm, Ruger said it had received so many gun orders in the first quarter that it opted to suspend new orders until May. The news probably not only stoked investors' expectations for the orders that Smith & Wesson has been receiving, but they may also see opportunity for Smith & Wesson to mop up excess demand while Sturm, Ruger is playing catchup on its backlog.
Glu Mobile caught a serious updraft after Wall Street firm Needham initiated coverage on the stock with a strong buy rating and an $8 price target. Considering that Glu's closing price before the release of the report was just $4, it's no wonder the coverage caused a stir.
Smith & Wesson finished the week up nearly 16%, while Glu Mobile rose a torrid 23%.
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