In a case of buy the rumor, sell the news, investors exited their positions quicker than you could say “sell” following the Federal Open Market Committee’s meeting on lending rates.
As expected, the Federal Reserve will be targeting historically low lending rates near 0% moving forward, but it did note that it sees diminished downside risks. This leaves the door open for an eventual paring back of the Fed’s monthly $85 billion bond-buying program and could actually pave the way for an interest-rate increase.
Today’s news is really a Catch-22 for investors. On one hand, the Fed is remaining accommodative in its target lending rates and is pointing toward a stronger economy. On the other hand, though, a stronger economy will remove the need for QE3 and low interest rates, which are the primary factors supporting this stock market rally.
All told, the S&P 500 sank 22.88 points (-1.39%) to close at 1,628.93. Despite a wild day in terms of volatility, three companies managed to calm investors’ nerves by moving decisively higher.
Leading the index higher was software and cloud company Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE), which added 5.6% after reporting strong second-quarter results. For the current quarter, Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) added 221,000 new cloud subscribers despite reporting a 10% decline in revenue to $1.01 billion and a decline in adjusted-EPS to $0.36. Looking ahead, Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) is forecasting that its third-quarter cloud subscriptions should be at least as much as, if not more than, what it brought in during the second quarter. While Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE)’s cloud software is crucial to its growth, I think the valuation here may be a bit out of whack and would suggest sticking to the sidelines as Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) continues its transition.
Shares of graphics chip and processor maker NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) — which I recently highlighted as a great dividend you can buy right now — advanced 3.1% after announcing plans to license its graphics technology. Specifically, NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) plans to license its Kepler architecture, which could give it a way to get into America’s best-selling smartphone and tablet, made by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). What will be interesting is to see if Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will bite, given that it designs its own processor technology for the iPhone and iPad. However, without the need to use the entire processing system, companies like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) could pick and choose what they want to license, giving both companies a potential win-win scenario.
Finally, tire maker The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ:GT) added 2.1% following a positive mention from CNBC commentator Pete Najarian. As always, I would suggest looking beyond the fleeting opinions of analysts and instead focus on the long-term outlook for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ:GT), which I’d say is strong. If we see even the slightest rebound in European tire demand, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ:GT) could soar. Rubber prices have remained well off their highs, and Chinese demand should only increase from here on out. If I were you, I’d add The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ:GT) to my Watchlist.
The article Today’s 3 Best Stocks originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Sean Williams.
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