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US close: Stocks close higher following retail sales data

By Iain Gilbert

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2022

US close: Stocks close higher following retail sales data

(Sharecast News) - Wall Street stocks closed sharply higher on Tuesday as market participants digested last month's retail sales data.
At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.34% at 32,654.49, while the S&P 500 was 2.02% firmer at 4,088.85 and the Nasdaq Composite saw out the session 2.76% stronger at 11,984.52.

The Dow closed 431.17 points higher on Tuesday, extending modest gains recorded in the previous session.

Tuesday's primary focus was news that Americans continued splashing out much more than expected last month. According to the Department of Commerce, retail sales volumes jumped at a month-on-month pace of 0.9% in April to reach $677.71bn. Economists had forecast a rise of 1.0%.

In other macro news, industrial production increased 6.4% in April, according to the Federal Reserve, following a downwardly revised 5.4% increase in March. Manufacturing output was up 5.8%, utilities were up 7.5%, and mining increased 8.6%.

Elsewhere, business inventories rose 2% month-on-month in March, quickening from an upwardly revised 1.8% increase in February, according to the Census Bureau, beating market expectations for a 1.9% advance.

Finally, the National Association of Housebuilder's housing market index fell for a fifth straight month in May, dropping to 69 from 77 in April, below market forecasts of 75 for the lowest level since June 2020, as rising mortgage rates and building material costs weighed on sentiment.

Also drawing an amount of investor attention was news that Shanghai had outlined plans to return to more normal life from 1 June by ending over six weeks of Covid-19 lockdowns that have brought about a sharp slowdown in the nation's economic activity. Deputy mayor Zong Ming said Shanghai's reopening would be carried out in stages, with movement curbs largely to remain in place until 21 May in order to prevent a rebound in infections, before a gradual easing.

"From June 1 to mid-and late June, as long as risks of a rebound in infections are controlled, we will fully implement epidemic prevention and control, normalise management and fully restore normal production and life in the city," Ming said.

On the corporate front, Elon Musk has warned that his $44.0bn takeover approach for Twitter could fail if the social media platform is unable to prove how many accounts are fake. The Tesla CEO first announced on Friday that the deal was "on hold" until he gets the proof that fake accounts total "well under 5%" rather than the "20% fake/spam accounts" he now believes it to be.

In terms of earnings, home improvement retailer Home Depot raised its full-year guidance early on Tuesday after posting solid quarterly earnings, driven by the company's strongest first-quarter sales in its history, while shares in department store giant Walmart slumped after reporting a Q1 earnings miss and guiding for flat Q2 earnings per share after previously pointing to a mid-single-digit increase.

Reporting by Iain Gilbert at

Dow Jones - Risers

Boeing Co. (BA) $132.05 6.45%
American Express Co. (AXP) $161.85 3.46%
JP Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM) $122.18 3.31%
Walt Disney Co. (DIS) $108.64 3.29%
Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) $50.60 3.27%
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) $312.97 3.14%
Visa Inc. (V) $204.00 3.13%
Intel Corp. (INTC) $44.40 3.06%
Nike Inc. (NKE) $115.90 2.93%
Dow Chemical Co. (DOW) $69.97 2.93%

Dow Jones - Fallers

Walmart Inc. (WMT) $131.35 -11.38%
McDonald's Corp. (MCD) $241.63 -0.99%
Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) $154.68 -0.28%
Coca-Cola Co. (KO) $65.78 -0.27%
Salesforce.Com Inc. (CRM) $163.73 -0.24%
Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) $48.94 -0.20%
Dowdupont Inc. (DWDP) $30.52 0.00%
Honeywell International Inc. (HON) $230.94 0.00%
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) $178.82 0.42%
Chevron Corp. (CVX) $174.03 0.59%

S&P 500 - Risers

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (TTWO) $123.08 11.78%
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) $102.47 8.73%
United Airlines Holdings Inc (UAL) $46.97 7.88%
American Airlines Group (AAL) $17.82 7.67%
Citigroup Inc. (C) $51.05 7.56%
Celanese Corp. (CE) $155.51 7.49%
Freeport-McMoRan Inc (FCX) $37.64 7.08%
Synchrony Financial (SYF) $35.40 6.76%
Delta Airlines Inc. (DAL) $40.72 6.68%
Macerich Co (MAC) $13.68 6.46%

S&P 500 - Fallers

Walmart Inc. (WMT) $131.35 -11.38%
Fluor Corp. (FLR) $25.20 -7.28%
Kroger Co. (KR) $51.23 -3.70%
Dollar Tree Inc (DLTR) $156.35 -3.16%
Bath & Body Works, Inc. (BBWI) $47.00 -2.91%
Dollar General Corp (DG) $227.55 -2.83%
Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC) $43.16 -2.09%
Target Corp. (TGT) $215.28 -1.81%
Church Dwight Co Inc. (CHD) $96.86 -1.80%
Hershey Foods Corp. (HSY) $225.41 -1.71%

Nasdaq 100 - Risers

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (TTWO) $123.08 11.78%
American Airlines Group (AAL) $17.82 7.67%
KLA-Tencor Corp. (KLAC) $351.51 6.34%
Lam Research Corp. (LRCX) $512.27 6.18%
Qurate Retail Inc. (QRTEA) $3.85 6.06%
Mercadolibre Inc. (MELI) $834.88 5.97%
Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) $116.84 5.76%
Western Digital Corp. (WDC) $61.19 5.70%
Micron Technology Inc. (MU) $74.48 5.69%
Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) $181.77 5.29%

Nasdaq 100 - Fallers

Dollar Tree Inc (DLTR) $156.35 -3.16%
Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC) $43.16 -2.09%
Workday, Inc. (WDAY) $173.34 -1.54%
Expedia Group Inc. (EXPE) $122.83 -0.82%
Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) $490.47 -0.82%
Mondelez International Inc. (MDLZ) $65.72 -0.62%
Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc. (ULTA) $393.01 -0.04%
Celgene Corp. (CELG) $108.24 0.00%
Shire Plc Ads (SHPG) $179.20 0.00%
Xilinx Inc. (XLNX) $194.92 0.00%


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