Despite the potential concern of a sooner-than-expected end to Federal Reserve easing, the markets were not down as much as some were thinking they would be, with some pointing to a better-than-expected retail sales number out this morning.
On that note, we did have some names reacting nicely to positive Wall Street analyst calls. Blackrock (BLK), Franklin Resources (BEN), and W.W. Grainger (GWW) were some of the names gaining ground early on. Elsewhere, Yum Brands (YUM) was lower on much weaker-than-expected Aprils sales data coming out of China. The sales data out of China may not be all bad as one analyst believes casino plays such as Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Las Vegas Sands (LVS) should be positioned nicely to gain sales traction. Finally, fertilizer play Mosaic (MOS) is lagging after updating investors on its business outlook regarding share buybacks and dividends, as well as other parts of its business.
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