Wall Street Rallies on Jobs, Retails Sales Data

Michael Teague |

Investors reacted favorably to Feb. 13 news of an unexpected increase in first-time jobless claims for the previous week, as well as a decline in January retail sales sending stocks on a broad rally for most of the day’s trading activity.

The previous day, St. Louis Fed Reserve President James Bullard’s indicated that a progressively improving US economy would mean a normalization of the Central Bank’s monetary politics, which had somewhat rattled investors.

The Final Tally

●     Standard & Poor’s 500: +0.58 percent to 1,829.83

●     Dow Jones Industrial Average: +0.40 percent to 16,027.59

●     Nasdaq: +0.94 to 4,240.67

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On the S&P 500

Leading US cable service provider Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) shed almost 4 percent on the day, after the company announced a $45 billion all-stock purchase of it’s second-place rival Time Warner Cable (TWC) . Shares for TWC went the other direction, gaining about 7 percent by the closing bell. Telecommunications providers Sprint Nextel (S) and AT&T (T) seem to have been caught in the updraft on gains of 4 and 1.5 percent respectively.

One of the day’s worst performances was posted by Whole Foods Market (WFM) , who saw shares take a 7.5 percent dive after releasing disappointing guidance for 2014.

On the Dow

A strong day on the Dow saw 8 components in the red, most of them negligibly so with the exception of Cisco Systems (CSCO) , off over 3.5 percent after releasing its own underwhelming quarterly earnings report. Meanwhile, Unitedhealth Group (UNH) , Boeing (BA) and Nike (NKE) were on the winning-most end of the benchmark index, each up over 1 percent.

On the Nasdaq

Tech stocks were the big story on the Nasdaq exchange, with a number of companies scoring big gains, undeterred by the trouble over at Cisco Systems. Facebook (FB) jumped some 4 percent, while semiconductor company Applied Materials (AMAT) was up nearly 6 percent. Other hardware companies also trading higher were NVIDIA (NVDA) , up 2.25 percent, Intel (INTC) up 0.50 percent, Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) , up nearly 5 percent, and Himax Technologies (HIMX) , up nearly 2 percent. Leading device maker Apple (AAPL) added 1.33 percent ahead of the closing bell.

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
UNH UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (DE) 158.66 -0.04 -0.03 3,579,145
HIMX Himax Technologies Inc. 5.45 -0.01 -0.18 2,240,164
TWC Time Warner Cable Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
FB Facebook Inc. 127.04 -0.51 -0.40 19,097,223
INTC Intel Corporation 36.94 0.37 1.01 23,950,936
AAPL Apple Inc. 120.00 0.22 0.18 32,597,892
S Sprint Corporation 8.93 -0.04 -0.45 26,215,807
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation 104.01 -1.15 -1.09 12,300,557
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 30.10 0.12 0.40 22,754,366
NKE Nike Inc. 53.20 0.27 0.51 7,861,047
AMAT Applied Materials Inc. 33.84 0.09 0.27 8,571,730
BA Boeing Company (The) 159.53 0.53 0.33 3,384,525
WFM Whole Foods Market Inc. 30.81 0.04 0.13 3,894,033
T AT&T Inc. 41.45 0.45 1.10 25,164,892
ANGI Angie\'s List Inc. 7.34 -0.04 -0.54 314,338
CMCSA Comcast Corporation Class A Common Stock 73.57 0.96 1.32 12,507,276
PLUG Plug Power Inc. 1.18 0.00 0.00 1,242,183
AXGC Axis Energy Corp 0.00 0.00 0.00 0

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