Stocks Move Up in Early Trade 12/15 09:32
U.S. stocks moved broadly higher in early trading Friday, erasing modest
losses from the day before.
(AP) -- U.S. stocks moved broadly higher in early trading Friday, erasing
modest losses from the day before. Banks, health care companies and consumer
products makers were among the biggest gainers. Investors weighed the latest
batch of company earnings news. They also kept an eye on Washington, where GOP
lawmakers sought to line up enough votes to push a sweeping tax overhaul
KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 13 points, or 0.5
percent, to 2,665 as of 10:07 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones industrial
average gained 105 points, or 0.4 percent, to 24,614. The Nasdaq added 31
points, or 0.5 percent, to 6,887. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company
stocks picked up 9 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,516.
TAXING TIME: President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion U.S. tax overhaul was
teetering on a knife-edge in the Senate, complicating Republican leaders' goal
of pushing it through Congress next week. Senator Marco Rubio on Thursday said
he would vote against the bill, which gives generous tax cuts to corporations
and the wealthy, unless child tax credits are expanded. The bill's original
version was approved by only 51-49, with Rubio's support.
BANKING ON FINANCIALS: Banks and other financial companies were among the
biggest gainers. Navient added 38 cents, or 3 percent, to $13.
FEELING GOOD: Health care stocks were notching solid gains. Cardinal Health
rose $1.40, or 2.3 percent, to $61.75.
BIG-BOX BEAT: Costco Wholesale rose 4.7 percent after the warehouse club
operator's latest quarterly earnings and sales came in well above financial
analysts' expectations. The stock added $8.76 to $195.29.
CLOUDY SKIES: Oracle fell 5.6 percent after the second-quarter performance
of the business software company's cloud-computing business and its forecast
for its current quarter disappointed traders. The stock slid $2.81 to $47.38.
OFF THE RAILS: CSX slumped 7.6 percent after the railroad operator said CEO
Hunter Harrison is on leave "due to unexpected complications from a recent
illness." The stock shed $4.35 to $52.96.
BOND YIELDS: Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to
2.37 percent from 2.35 percent late Thursday.
ENERGY: Oil futures were headed higher. Benchmark U.S. crude rose 31 cents
to $57.33 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to
price international oils, added 31 cents to $63.62 per barrel in London.
CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 112.33 yen from 112.18 yen on Thursday. The
euro weakened to $1.1785 from $1.1792.
THE BITCOIN TRADE: Bitcoin futures surged on their fifth day of trading,
climbing $1,330, or 7.9 percent, to $18,130 on the Cboe Futures Exchange. The
futures allow investors to make bets on the future price of bitcoin. The
average price of an actual bitcoin was $17,713 in trading on private exchanges,
according to Coindesk. The price of the digital currency has soared this year,
having begun 2017 under $1,000.
MARKETS OVERSEAS: Major stock indexes in Europe were mixed. Germany's DAX
was down 0.1 percent, while France's CAC 40 shed 0.4 percent. Britain's FTSE
100 edged up 0.2 percent after European Union leaders said they would allow the
Brexit talks to move on to the next stage, including trade. Earlier in Asia,
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index dipped 0.6, while South Korea's Kospi
climbed 0.5 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 1.1 percent. Australia's
S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.2 percent. Indexes in Taiwan and Southeast Asia declined.