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November 27, 2006

US retailers see losses despite good weekend sales


by Elaine Frei

The New York equities markets were lower at midday on Monday as investors returned from the long Thanksgiving Day weekend. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 1 percent lower to 12,154.4, while the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.7 percent to 2,418.55 and the S&P 500 fell 1 percent to 1,386.74.

Retailers saw losses even though the National Retail Federation reported that average spending for the start of the holiday shopping season was up 18.9 percent from last year over the same period. JC Penney dropped 1 percent to $79.91 despite it’s statement Saturday that it was seeing a “good start” in holiday sales. Wal-Mart fell 1.8 percent to $47.06 after it said over the weekend that same-store sales in the US were down 0.1 percent in November, the first time it has seen a decline in that month in ten years. J Crew was 4.4 percent lower to $41.37 on a rating downgrade from CIBC, after gaining 22 percent last week on its profits report.

Stock exchanges were mixed. Nasdaq added 0.7 percent to $40.93 after elaborating on how it plans to raise the money for its bid on the London Stock Exchange. On the other hand, NYSE Group dropped 2.2 percent to $105.84 and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange fell 2.6 percent to $2.55.

The financial services sector was lower as Goldman Sachs declined 2.1 percent to $197.37. Morgan Stanley and Bear Stearns each fell 2.4 percent, to $77.06 and $154.76 respectively.

Automobile maker Ford Motor was 2.7 percent lower to $8.21 on its announced plan to borrow $18 million dollars. It said it would back the loans with collateral.

Internet search engine Google dropped 2.6 percent to $491.98 on profit-taking.

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