Stocks Cautiously Higher with Trade, Retail Earnings in Focus

China cut its economic growth target for 2019

Managing Editor
Mar 5, 2019 at 12:07 PM
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Stocks are cautiously higher in afternoon trading, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI), S&P 500 Index (SPX), and Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) a hair above breakeven, at last check. Traders continue to await news regarding a U.S.-China trade deal, and this morning digested a cut economic growth target from Beijing. Elsewhere, Wall Street is applauding several retail earnings reports, with Target (TGT) reporting its best traffic growth in years. 

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Midday Market Stats March 5

Sporting unusual call volume today is Salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM), with 55,000 calls and 39,000 puts across the tape so far -- four times the average intraday pace. Most active is the weekly 3/8 160-strike call, which is set to expire at Friday's close. CRM is down 1.5% at $156.08, after the company forecast first-quarter profit and revenue below estimates. Regardless, CRM has had no fewer than eight price-target hikes, with Raymond James raising its target to $200 from $165 -- a more than 26% increase from last night's close. 

At the bottom of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is Revlon Inc (NYSE:REV), last seen down 18.6% at $20.7, on track for its lowest close since October 2018. While the catalyst remains unclear, REV shares are set to close back below their 200-day and 320-day moving averages.

Near the top of the Nasdaq today is Ctrip.com International Ltd (NASDAQ:CTRP), after the company reported an impressive fourth-quarter revenue beat. No fewer than three analysts have hiked their price targets in response, including J.P. Morgan Securities, which raised its target to $45 from $33, while also upgrading CTRP to "overweight" from "neutral." CTRP is up 17.3% at $41.03, at last check, pacing toward its highest close since August. Year-to-date, the travel stock has added 51%. 

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