U.S. stocks advanced a fifth day, providing the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its best gaining streak since March, as data showing a surprised fall in jobless claims last week eased worries about a worsening of Europe’s economy. The S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) gained 0.2 percent to 1,404.84, after moving up 2.7 percent in last four days. Trading in S&P 500 stocks was down 6.9 percent as compared to the 30-day average at last check today.
Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) is the most active today and is gaining after announcement came in that its top mergers and acquisitions executive is leaving the wireless carrier by the end of next month. Keith Cowan, who is a head of strategic planning for Sprint, with his tough dealmaking style in recent years had ruffled feathers on Wall Street and in the telecommunications industry.
Sprint Nextel moved up +3.80% to $4.78 during mid day trading with the total traded volume of 78.95 million shares. S has earnings per share of -$1.28. It gained -7.83% return on assets, -34.06% return on equity and its return on investments was -9.36%.
Shares of Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ:WIN) are losing sharply after reporting second-quarter earnings fell 44% as the rural telecommunications company’s expenses rose, while revenue grew slightly.
The company’s net income of $54.2 million or nine cents a share was down as compared to $96.7 million or 19 cents a share in the same period a year earlier. Before merger and integration expenses, among other items, profit was 12 cents a share as compared to 19 cents. Revenue showed a slight gain of 1% to $1.54 billion. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters most recently predicted per-share profit of 13 cents on revenue of $1.54 billion.
During mid day trading, Windstream Corporation declined -7.81% to $9.27 and its total traded volume was 14.53 million shares. Stock price 52 weeks high was $13.08 and 52 weeks low was $9.00. It has market capitalization of 5.45 billion.
News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA) in start today topped 52-week highs though is now in red territory, after posting a net loss in its latest quarter, due to a $2.9 billion impairment and restructuring charge particularly for its publishing business.
The total amount of net loss was $1.6 billion or 64 cents a share, for the fiscal final three months ended in June, as compared to earnings of $683 million or 26 cents a share in the same quarter last year.
News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA) is currently trading at $23.59 and dropped -0.55% with the total traded volume of 15.54 million shares. It has earnings per share of $1.40 and its price to earnings ratio ended at 16.90.
Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) moved up +0.07% to $28.88 during mid day trading with the total traded volume of 6.42 million shares. Citigroup has earnings per share of $3.45 and its price to earnings ratio ended at 8.36. It gained 6.25% return on assets, 12.66% return on equity and its return on investments was 7.58%.