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US close: Stocks mixed as more earnings roll in

By Josh White

Date: Friday 16 Jul 2021

US close: Stocks mixed as more earnings roll in

(Sharecast News) - Wall Street stocks were in a mixed state at the close on Thursday, as market participants thumbed over more bank earnings and the key jobless claims report from the Labor Department.
At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.15%, while the S&P 500 lost 0.33% to 4,360.03 and the Nasdaq Composite was off 0.7% at 14,543.13.

The Dow closed 53.79 points higher on Thursday, adding to the gains recorded in the previous session as investors digested earnings from several of the nation's biggest banks.

On the macro front, first-time unemployment claims dropped to a new Covid-19 pandemic-era low of 360,000 in the week ended 19 June, a marked decrease when compared to the previous week's upwardly revised total of 386,000.

According to the Labor Department, initial unemployment claims came in at their best number since 14 March, 2020 last week, while continuing claims also fell sharply, declining by 126,000 to 3.24m - another new low for the US jobs market.

Sharp declines in claims in Texas and Georgia accounted for almost all the decline, indicating that the early end to benefits may have encouraged people to re-enter the workforce.

The number of Americans collecting benefits under all government programmes also fell sharply, dropping 449,642 to 14.2m - well above anything seen pre-coronavirus but far below the 33.2m citizens in the dole queue twelve months prior.

Also in economic headlines, the price of goods purchased overseas rose roughly as expected last month despite a large increase in energy costs.

According to the Department of Labor, in seasonally adjusted terms the US import price index jumped at a month-on-month pace of 1.0%, just shy of consensus expectations for 1.2%.

While that was less than anticipated by economists, the 'miss' was offset by an upwards revision of three-tenths of a percentage point to the print for May to 1.4%.

Elsewhere, industrial output in the US grew more slowly than anticipated in June as a shortage of semiconductors kneecapped auto manufacturing.

The Department of Commerce said that total industrial production rose by 0.4% month-on-month, against forecasts for 0.6%, and revised down its estimates for February, April and May.

Still on data, the Philadelphia Fed's July manufacturing index revealed that factory activity in the US mid-Atlantic region slowed sharply for a third straight month in July to hit its lowest growth since December, with the bank's business activity index falling to 21.9 from 30.7 in June - well below economists' expectations for a reading of 28.0.

Corporate earnings were again in focus at the open on Thursday, with Morgan Stanley rising 0.18% after its second-quarter revenues and profits exceeded expectations on the Street, driven by strength in both equities trading and investment banking.

Morgan Stanley reported revenues of $14.8bn, ahead of estimates of $13.98bn, while earnings per share smashed expectations of $1.65 each at $1.85.

Net income was $3.5bn, up from $3.2bn a year ago.

US Bancorp added 3.21% after it posted second-quarter revenues of $5.78bn and earnings per share of $1.28, beating estimates for prints of $5.62bn and $1.14, respectively.

Bank of New York Mellon, meanwhile, fell 1.22% after reporting that quarterly earnings per share had grown 12% year-on-year to $1.13 despite total revenues slipping 1% to $4.0bn in the three months ended 30 June as the group's investments in digitisation and open-architecture modular solutions continued to pay off.

Moving on from lenders, UnitedHealth, seen as somewhat of an industry bellwether, closed up 1.28% even after it posted a 35.7% fall in quarterly profits as a recovery in the elective medical care market normalised costs for the country's largest health insurer.

Dow Jones - Risers

Unitedhealth Group Inc. (UNH) $420.05 1.28%
Home Depot Inc. (HD) $322.61 1.09%
Visa Inc. (V) $248.55 1.04%
Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) $139.16 0.86%
Amgen Inc. (AMGN) $246.63 0.79%
Travelers Company Inc. (TRV) $155.58 0.68%
International Business Machines Corporation (CDI) (IBM) $140.38 0.45%
Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) $56.55 0.41%
Walt Disney Co. (DIS) $184.15 0.40%
Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK) $77.90 0.36%

Dow Jones - Fallers

Salesforce.Com Inc. (CRM) $237.59 -2.00%
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA) $46.25 -1.34%
Intel Corp. (INTC) $55.81 -1.26%
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) $168.37 -1.20%
Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) $53.65 -0.81%
Boeing Co. (BA) $222.76 -0.75%
Dow Chemical Co. (DOW) $61.97 -0.66%
Chevron Corp. (CVX) $101.30 -0.66%
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) $281.03 -0.52%
Apple Inc. (AAPL) $148.48 -0.45%

S&P 500 - Risers

American International Group Inc. (AIG) $48.07 3.58%
US Bancorp (USB) $58.82 3.21%
Truist Financial Corp. (TFC) $55.86 2.63%
Eversource Energy (ES) $86.20 2.46%
ConAgra Brands Inc (CAG) $34.68 2.33%
Centerpoint Energy Inc. (CNP) $25.31 2.22%
Best Buy Co. Inc. (BBY) $112.00 1.90%
Albemarle Corp. (ALB) $185.83 1.81%
Amer Water Works (AWK) $166.09 1.76%
Danaher Corp. (DHR) $280.95 1.75%

S&P 500 - Fallers

Teleflex Inc. (TFX) $376.20 -9.84%
Biogen Inc (BIIB) $328.16 -6.79%
Foot Locker Inc. (FL) $57.58 -4.62%
Western Digital Corp. (WDC) $66.91 -4.43%
Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) $758.65 -4.41%
Eog Resources Inc. (EOG) $76.19 -4.36%
Microchip Technology Inc. (MCHP) $137.45 -4.24%
Gap Inc. (GPS) $29.72 -4.13%
FMC Technologies Inc. (FTI) $7.74 -3.97%
NortonLifeLock Inc. (NLOK) $25.86 -3.90%

Nasdaq 100 - Risers

Baidu Inc. (BIDU) $185.52 2.31%
JD.com, Inc. (JD) $76.86 1.87%
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (REGN) $589.32 1.42%
NetEase Inc. Ads (NTES) $114.41 1.40%
Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK) $184.76 1.33%
Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP) $207.03 1.24%
Hologic Inc. (HOLX) $68.37 1.20%
Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC) $39.43 1.13%
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (VRTX) $200.09 1.11%
Fiserv Inc. (FISV) $110.80 0.97%

Nasdaq 100 - Fallers

Biogen Inc (BIIB) $328.16 -6.79%
Western Digital Corp. (WDC) $66.91 -4.43%
Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) $758.65 -4.41%
Microchip Technology Inc. (MCHP) $137.45 -4.24%
NortonLifeLock Inc. (NLOK) $25.86 -3.90%
Seagate Technology Plc (STX) $86.15 -3.87%
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ALXN) $180.51 -3.27%
Hasbro Inc (HAS) $94.80 -3.06%
Cintas Corp. (CTAS) $369.15 -2.59%
Xilinx Inc. (XLNX) $129.71 -2.28%


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