The SJC 25 Stock Report, May 6, 2012

Excuse us while we go tend to our wounds. It was a harsh week on Wall Street and even tougher on Del Obispo Street for our major corporations.

Editor's Note – In this feature, we check on the health of the Fortune 500 Companies that have a presence in and near San Juan Capistrano.

Nasty is the operative word this week. 

The jobs report did us no favors, coming in at less-than-expected numbers, reports Bloomberg. That's less growth in jobs, with more people falling out of the labor market, indicating our tepid economic expansion wasn't so expansive after all. Nasty.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1.43 percent, while the S&P 500 was down 2.43. But we hit some more impressive dips, if I can use the word "impressive" charitably.

Forget 52-week highs. We've got some 52-week lows to announce in ConocoPhillips and Radio Shack Corp. Nasty.

Some of ConocoPhillips' nasty fall is attributed to the company spinning off Phillips 66 as a separate, publicly traded company. Barrons had a story about how and why Phillips 66 isn't doing so well. But it looks like some investors are punishing ConocoPhillips (wonder if they'll change their name?) just the same.

Sales were up in April for Costco Wholesale Corp. 7 percent compared to April 2011, reported MarketWatch. You would never know that by the stock price. 

Sales were up by the same rate at Ross Stores Inc., said MarketWatch, and the stock did get a little bump, which is WAY more than we can say for most of our companies this week. 

Safeway Inc., parent owner of , has been going the wrong direction in recent weeks. It had its second week of -5 percent shrinkage.


Earnings Reports: Sempra Energy, parent of San Diego Gas & Electricreleased its earnings this week. Sales were down 7 percent, according to Fox Business. Blame the GAS part of the business.

Did I tell you it was a nasty week, especially for our little stocks that could (most of the time)?

Some News Briefs for You:

Wonder what former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is doing lately? As this isn't a political or a military column, you might find it surprising to hear he's the latest member of the board at Starbucks Corp.

Bank of America Corp.'s stock has really struggled lately. Now comes news that it is planning to cut as many 400 jobs in its investment banking, commercial banking and corporate banking units, and less than 2,000 in non-U.S. wealth-management groups, as part of continued efforts to slash expenses, reported Fox Business.

Here's a completely random tidbit: The rose garland strewn on I'll Have Another, the Kentucky Derby winner, was not put together by an independent florist, according to Business First, but the floral experts at a Kroger Co. grocery store. Remember that next time you're in !

Holy Shamrock Shake – McDonald's Corp. will increase the number of limited-time offers of special menus items, according to The Street. Turns out, variety is the spice of life.



 Close Friday 

  % Change

 on the Week 

 Bank of America   BAC  7.74


 Big Lots  BIG  36.53   -2.17  Chevron  CVX  103.72   -2.34  Citigroup  C  31.60   -5.67  ConocoPhillips  COP  53.17   -26.13  Costco  COST   83.39   -5.98  Dollar Tree  DLTR  101.87   -0.08  FedEx  FDX  89.30   +1.21  JP Morgan Chase  JPM  41.75   -3.67  The Kroger Co. (Ralphs)  KR  23.12   -0.99  Marriott  MAR  39.28   -0.63  McDonald's  MCD  95.87   -1.55  PetSmart  PETM  58.28   -1.29  Quest Diagnostics  DGX  57.14   -0.68  RadioShack  RSH  5.08   -5.22  Rite Aid  RAD  1.48   -4.52  Ross Stores  ROST  62.44   +0.35  Safeway (Vons)  SWY  19.69   -5.25  Sempra Energy (SDG&E)  SRE  64.92   +0.19  Staples  SPLS  14.86   -5.71  Starbucks  SBUX  55.56   -3.26  The TJX Cos. (Marshalls)   TJX  41.74   -1.70  United Parcel Service  UPS  77.73   -0.91  Wells Fargo  WFC  33.03   -2.19  Yum! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell)   YUM  71.15   -2.96

– Financial data provided by Google Finance



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