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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Safeway Falls as Akamai Rises on Earnings

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Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.15 percent to 14,699.62 while the NASDAQ gained 0.63 percent to 3,290.96. The S&P also rose, surging 0.39 percent to 1,585.49.

Index Technicals:
The S&P 500 looks to be stalling under the 1,580/1,583 resistance, with 1,575 support below, and 1,590 resistance above.

The Dow is also stalling, halting at its 14,750 resistance with 14,650 support below that, and 14,850 resistance above.

Next up, the NASDAQ is stalling at its 3,275 resistance with 3,250 acting as support, while 3,295/3300 acts as resistance above.

Finally, the Russell ended yesterday strong with 950 resistance above and 915 resistance below.

Top Headline
3M Company (NYSE: MMM) reported downbeat first-quarter earnings and lowered its 2013 earnings view.

3M's quarterly earnings surged to $1.129 billion, or $1.61 per share, from $1.125 billion, or $1.59 per share, in the year-ago period. Its sales climbed to $7.63 billion, from $7.49 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.65 per share on revenue of $7.81 billion.

3M now projects 2013 earnings of $6.60 to $6.85 per share, versus analysts' estimates of $6.82 per share. The company had earlier expected earnings of $6.70 to $6.95 per share.

Equities Trading UP
Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) shot up 24.17 percent to $8.27 after the company reported upbeat Q1 earnings.

Shares of Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) got a boost, shooting up 15.92 percent to $21.12 on Q1 earnings.

Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM) traded up 19.10 percent to $42.99 after an impressive first-quarter earnings report this morning.

Equities Trading DOWN
Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU) was down, falling 11.15percent to $57.03 after the company lowered its Q3 forecast.

Shares of Safeway (NYSE: SWY) were down 14.21 percent to $24.25 on Q1 results.

CARBO Ceramics (NYSE: CRR) shares tumbled 17.59 percent to $71.36 after the company reported a 42% drop in its Q1 profit.

In commodity news, oil traded up 1.97 percent to $93.23, while gold traded up 2.81 percent to $1,463.10.

Silver traded up 4.64 percent Thursday to $24.26, while copper rose 2.56 percent to $3.25.

European shares were mixed after strong gains yesterday following increased hopes of further ECB easing as well as the U.K. GDP data. The U.K. reported that first quarter GDP grew 0.3 percent vs. 0.1 percent expected and better than the previous estimate of 0.2 percent.

Spain's unemployment rate rose to a new record in the first quarter, as Spain reported that an astounding 27.2 percent of the labor force is unemployed, more than the fourth quarter of 2012's 26.02 percent.

The Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.29 percent while the Italian FTSE MIB Index gained 0.52 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX gained 0.95 percent and the French CAC tumbled 0.06 percent and U.K. shares gained 0.17 percent.

US jobless claims declined 16,000 to 339,000 in the week ended April 20. However, economists were projecting claims to total 351,000 last week. Continuing jobless claims fell 93,000 to 3.0 million in the week ended April 13.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index declined to -29.90 in the latest week ended April 21, versus a prior reading of -29.20.

Natural gas supplies rose 30 billion cubic feet for the week ended April 19, the Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts were expecting a rise between 27 billion and 31 billion cubic feet.

The Kansas City Fed's manufacturing composite index came in at -5 in April. However, economists were expecting a rise to -1.

The Kansas City Fed manufacturing Index for April will be released at 11:00 a.m. ET. Data on money supply will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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