Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) were undaunted by an intensifying revolution in Egypt, emboldened by manufacturing data and a continuation of the strong fourth-quarter earnings seen in recent weeks.

  • The U.S. manufacturing sector grew at the fastest rate in almost seven years last month. The growth bodes well for the continued advancement of the economy. Vanguard Industrials (NYSEArca: VIS) is up 1% so far today.
  • Another major snowstorm is currently in progress back East, leading to more than 4,500 flight cancellations. Despite the interruption, Guggenheim Airline (NYSEArca: FAA) is up slightly this morning, though it’s lost 7% in the last 10 trading days.
  • Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) reported that its fourth-quarter profit more than tripled from a year ago. Despite that, the drugmaker issued a cautious outlook for the next two years. iShares Dow Jones U.S. Pharmaceutical Index Fund (NYSEArca: IHE) is up nearly 1% this morning; Pfizer is 9.6% of the fund.
  • Oil prices are holding steady for the second day after topping $100 a barrel on Monday. The protests in Egypt have many watchers nervous about what it could do to prices down the line. United States Oil (NYSEArca: USO) is down just slightly this morning.
  • Though the Egyptian economy is said to be all but paralyzed right now as tourists flee and the stock market shuts down, Market Vectors Egypt (NYSEArca: EGPT) is bucking the trend, rising 2.6% in early trading.

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