Financial News for the Week Ending May 24th

All the news you need to stay informed about what’s currently driving the market – courtesy of Raffa Wealth Management, LLC.

US stocks closed at another record high to end the week on a quite week of trading driven by positive economic and corporate earnings reports.  The S&P 500 finished over 1,900 for the first time.  The S&P 500 gained 1.2% and the Dow rose 0.7%.  Abroad, Europe rose 0.8% for its sixth straight weekly gain and Japan hit a three week high up 2.6%.  The 10 year Treasury yield ended the week up slightly at 2.54% on the positive move in stocks.  Article

The most recent manufacturing purchasers index in China showed signs of stabilization.

Sales of existing homes rose 1.3% in April in a positive sign for the housing sector.

New home sales accelerated from March in April, but are down 4.2% from the pace seen last year.  Article

Credit Suisse plead guilty to aiding American citizens in tax evasion and agreed to pay $2.6 billion to settle the case.   Article

AT&T agreed to purchase DirecTV for $49 billion creating a major media and television player that would have 26 million TV subscribers.  Article

With 90% of S&P companies reporting the first quarter saw a 2.1% increase in profit down from the 8.5% gain seen last quarter.

GM added another 2.4 million vehicles to its recalled list bringing the total costs for repairing faulty vehicles to $1.7 billion.

HP announced it would cut between 11,000 and 16,000 jobs as it looks to improve operations after posting a drop in revenue.


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