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Stocks closed mixed on Friday with the S&P closing lower for the 10th time in the past 12 trading sessions.
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Proctor & Gamble surged after reporting better-than-expected earnings. The company said it got a boost from strong beauty-product sales. A report from the National Association of Realtors showed on Friday that U.S. home sales fell in September by the most in over two years as the housing market continued to struggle despite strength across the broader economy.
The pressure is on for Amazon, Alphabet and Microsoft as they prepare to report quarterly results at a time when confidence in those market leaders looks increasingly fragile and in danger of derailing Wall Street's rally. After worries about higher interest rates sparked a steep sell-off in early October and again on Thursday, the S&P 500 remains down 5 percent from its Sept. 20 record high close, with top-shelf stocks including Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O) showing little of their vitality from recent years. A quarterly report from Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) on Wednesday after the bell, followed by Alphabet and Amazon late on Thursday, will influence sentiment across Wall Street.
The stock markets overall stabilized in America during the week after the brutal selloff that we have seen. While we have not shown a lot of bullish pressure, we haven’t fallen any further either, which of course is crucial.
The S&P 500 rallied on Wednesday, testing the 2800 level. This is an area that was the beginning of rather significant resistance though, so we struggled to break above it. The question now is whether or not we can take it back?
Facebook hired a former British deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, as its top policy and communications executive, giving him the task of mending the social network’s image as it deals with closer political scrutiny.
Oct. 17: On a not seasonally adjusted basis, there were 106,100 total housing starts in September, slightly below our forecast of 108,200 starts. While the sharp decline in single-family permits in the South comes as no surprise, we’ll note that there was also a sharp decline in the West.
Investing.com - The S&P 500 closed just below the flatline Friday as upbeat earnings from corporates helped ease investor jitters about global growth.
Influential value investor Bill Nygren (Trades, Portfolio) disclosed this week that he purchased two stocks for his Oakmark Fund in the third quarter, ahead of the deadline for portfolio updates. Warning! GuruFocus has detected 4 Warning Signs with DXC. Nygren purchased DXC Technology (DXC), an information technology company formed through the merger of Computer Sciences Corp. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, for $93.52 per share.
Stocks surged in early trading after better-than-expected reports from companies including Procter & Gamble, American Express and PayPal. Procter & Gamble, the world's largest consumer products maker, had its biggest rally in 10 years. The market settled back into its usual pattern from the last two weeks, as companies that depend on economic growth struggled and those with more "defensive" qualities such as high dividends did better, a sign investors are worried about a few threats to growth: rising interest rates, trade tensions between the U.S. and China, and this week, some sluggish reports about housing construction and sales.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 104.35 points, or 0.4%, to 25444.34 last week, while the S&P 500 squeaked out a 0.65 point rise to 2767.78, and even the Nasdaq Composite finished off just 0.6%, to 7449.03.
The major indexes finished well off their highs, despite big gains from Procter & Gamble and PayPal. And trade is becoming a bigger issue.
Weight Watchers International (WTW) closed the most recent trading day at $66.43, moving +0.58% from the previous trading session.