Here's the scorecard from today's trading session:
DOW: 16,976.24 (+0.12%)
S&P 500: 1,974.61 (+0.07%)
NASDAQ: 4,457.73 (-0.02%)
This morning, ADP data hinted that private-sector employment increased by 281,000 jobs in June, crushing street expectations of 205,000. U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen met with the IMF's Christine Lagarde today and had a "stay-the-course" tone, according to MarketWatch.
Due to the Fourth of July holiday on Friday, the official employment report for June will be released tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.
Here are the top stories in stock market news today:
- Oh No, GoPro: Shares of camera manufacturer GoPro Inc. (Nasdaq: GPRO) slipped by as much as 16% today, breaking the streak of four consecutive double-digit daily gains. Though the stock jumped more than 100% since its IPO last week, Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson advised viewers to wait it out before they decide to get in on GoPro on a FOX Business interview on Tuesday. The Wall Street Journalreports the recent run-up in stock price is due to the fact that the utilization level, defined as "the percentage of shares available to loan that are actually being borrowed," has approached 100%. This signals that short sellers are lining up to borrow the stock and pay a premium to do so as they hope to win big from the stock's decline.
- Online Expectations: In an effort to boost its online retail strategy, The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) has purchased online grocery and nutrition products retailer Vitacost.com Inc. (Nasdaq: VITC) for nearly $280 million. Shares of Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket retailer, dipped marginally on the news, while Vitacost shares jumped more than 27% in today's session.
- For Sale: Shares of Shutterfly Inc. (Nasdaq: SFLY) soared more than 13% on news that the company has commissioned boutique investment bank Qatalyst Partners to locate potential buyers. No potential buyers for the provider of digital photo services and storage have been identified yet.
- There Goes Pimco: For the 14th consecutive month, Bill Gross' Pimco Total Return Fund experienced another period of outflows. Investors withdrew $4.5 billion from the fund in June, according to investment research firm Morningstar. Since March 2013, investors have yanked $229 billion from Gross' management.
- Bitcoin Spikes: The price of Bitcoin jumped on news that venture capitalist Tim Draper won the U.S. Marshals Service's auction of nearly 30,000 bitcoins that were seized during a raid of black-market site Silk Road. Draper was one of 45 registered bidders to take part in a 12-hour auction.
Now our experts share some of the most important investment moves to make based on today's market trading - for Money Morning Members only:
- The "20% Catalyst" That Will Send These Shares into the Stratosphere: In a surprise move, France said it would take a 20% stake in French engineering giant Alstom SA (OTCMKTS ADR: ALSMY). It's a complicated deal. But it could serve as an additional "catalyst" for the General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) share-price rally we've been predicting. Here's why...
- How to Tap Big Profits in That "Other" Bioscience Niche: There's an approach to making profits in bioscience that doesn't rely on breakthrough discoveries, expensive drug trials, or constant cash infusions to fuel its engine. That's what makes the company we'll look at today such an attractive investment. Welcome to the lucrative world of generics...
- We Can Invest in Uber Before Its IPO: The biggest name in the car-sharing revolution is Uber, whose mobile cab service app is turning the taxi-for-hire model on its head, all while waiting for a much anticipated IPO. But right now there's another way to play on Uber's success and future, with a well-known company that's going to surprise you... and the profits even more...