The broad markets jumped in a big way today, with the Dow Jones Industrials
The boost of confidence from Europe brought a systemic lift to the overall market, but the day still had its share of significant winners and losers.
The biggest disappointment today was game provider Zynga, which badly missed analyst estimates, reporting a quarterly net loss of over $22 million and reducing its 2012 outlook. The company is down 40% so far today and continues to drag Facebook
Dow Chemical also disappointed investors with its earnings this morning, giving a glimpse of the overall economy in the second quarter. With offerings in just about every sector, Dow Chemical was greatly affected by weak demand, sending net income plummeting 34%. The company is down 3.2% on the day after announcing EPS of $0.55, which missed estimates by $0.09 per share.
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The energy sector is turning in a pretty solid day. Benchmark WTI oil prices are up 0.6%. In the oil services and equipment industry, National Oilwell Varco
Also rising today is InterOil
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