Closing Bell

UMB rallies, Sprint falls 1 percent

Updated: 2013-04-23T21:44:34Z

Shares in UMB Financial gained nearly 5 percent Tuesday despite a lackluster quarterly earnings report.

The Kansas City-based banking company gained $2.24 to close at $49.13.

It was among the largest percentage gainers among regional stocks on the day. Other winners included YRC, up 5.5 percent; O’Reilly Automotive, up 2 percent; Cerner, up 1.5 percent, and Garmin, up 2.8 percent.

Sprint was among the handful of regional companies that closed lower. It fell 1 percent. On Wednesday, the wireless company will release its first quarter financial results before the stock market opens.

Meanwhile, companies that do well when the economy is improving led the market higher Tuesday after several of them notched strong earnings.

Coach, a maker of luxury handbags, and Netflix, which streams TV shows and movies over the Internet, were big winners after reporting profits that impressed investors. Financial stocks rose after Travelers' earnings beat analysts' expectations.

That's a change from earlier this year. The stock market's surge in 2013 has been led by so-called defensive industries such as health care, consumer staples and utilities. Investors buy those stocks when they want reliable earnings and regular dividends. Until now, they have been unsure about the strength of the economic recovery and been less enthusiastic about stocks whose fortunes are more closely tied to swings in the U.S. economy.

“For a change we are actually seeing more cyclical parts of the economy lead the market,” said Michael Sheldon, chief market strategist at RDM Financial Group.

The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index both rose 1 percent, and rose for a third straight day.

The markets closed higher even after stocks and other markets were shaken in the early afternoon when a fake tweet on the AP's Twitter account prompted a sudden sell-off.

A posting saying that there had been explosions at the White House and that President Barack Obama had been injured was sent at 1:08 p.m. The Dow immediately plunged about 143 points, from 14,697 to 14,554. The AP said its Twitter account had been hacked and the posting was fake.

Within five minutes the Dow had snapped back.

AP spokesman Paul Colford said the news cooperative is working with Twitter to investigate the issue. The AP has disabled its other Twitter accounts following the attack, Colford added.

Joe Fox, chairman and co-founder of online brokerage Ditto Trade, was at work in L.A. when he got a call from the Chicago brokerage offices telling him what had happened. Fox watched the market tanking, and its quick bounce back.

“It was a tipsy-turvy rollercoaster for a few minutes there,” Fox said.

Fox said the news didn't sound right to him when he first heard it. He thinks that traders are being more cautious in the wake of the 2010 “flash crash,” which sent the Dow spiraling 600 points in a matter of minutes.

After the brief sell-off investors turned their focus back to earnings.

A resurgence in corporate profits after the Great Recession has been one of the drivers that pushed the Dow up 12 percent and the S&P 500 up 11 percent this year. However investors remain unsure how much further earnings can improve without the outlook for growth in the global economy improving as well.

Tuesday's upturn in stocks put both indexes back in the black for April and closer to the record high closes they reached on April 11. It was a sharp change of tone from last week, when the market had its worst drop since November. That sell-off started after economic growth in China, the world's second-largest economy, slowed.

The BATS 1000 rose 164.86 points, or 0.93 percent, to close at 17,818.81.

Regional stocks

Capitol Federal Financial rose 10 cents, or 0.85%, to close at $11.86.

Cerner Corp. rose $1.39, or 1.52%, to close at $92.93.

Commerce Bancshares Inc. rose 17 cents, or 0.43%, to close at $39.46.

Compass Minerals fell 74 cents, or 0.92%, to close at $79.46.

DST Systems Inc. fell 17 cents, or 0.24%, to close at $69.83.

Ferrellgas Partners L.P. rose 18 cents, or 0.92%, to close at $19.77.

Garmin Ltd. rose 91 cents, or 2.78%, to close at $33.59.

Great Plains Energy rose 14 cents, or 0.60%, to close at $23.67.

H&R Block Inc. rose 63 cents, or 2.27%, to close at $28.35.

Inergy L.P. rose 1 cents, or 0.05%, to close at $21.70.

Kansas City Life Insurance Co. rose 51 cents, or 1.42%, to close at $36.38.

Kansas City Southern rose $1.31, or 1.24%, to close at $106.91.

Layne Christensen Co. fell 2 cents, or 0.11%, to close at $18.25.

O'Reilly Automotive Inc. rose $1.89, or 1.90%, to close at $101.37.

Sprint Nextel Corp. fell 7 cents, or 0.98%, to close at $7.10.

UMB Financial Corp. rose $2.24, or 4.78%, to close at $49.13.

Waddell & Reed Financial Corp. rose 49 cents, or 1.21%, to close at $40.99.

YRC Worldwide Inc. rose 37 cents, or 5.53%, to close at $7.06.

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