U.S. stocks turned mostly higher on Friday, with the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing at records, after the government reported an unexpected slowdown in consumer spending in April.
" People are still struggling with their incomes and cautious with their businesses. Ironically the market is hitting new highs here on some rather disappointing numbers; GDP yesterday was pretty miserable, but we talked our way through it because of inventories," said Bruce McCain, chief investment strategist at Key Private Bank, referring to a lack of an inventory buildup.
The Reuters/University of Michigan survey of consumer sentiment came in at 81.9 in May, lower than the consensus estimate of 82.4.
The figures from the Commerce Department had household purchases falling 0.1 percent last month in the first decline in a year, following a revised 1 percent rise the prior month, the strongest since 2009. Incomes increased 0.3 percent, as expected.
The Chicago Purchasing Managers Index hit 65.5 in May, versus expectations of 61.
The economy is not ready to "break out and do a lot better and not weak enough where we are going into a recession and a down cycle where we can expect to buy stocks a lot cheaper. It's a tough time for anybody who wants to invest at this point, but sitting on the sidelines is not the answer either," McCain said.
Express declined after the retail chain reduced its yearly profit outlook; Lions Gate Entertainment also fell, a day after the film studio reported quarterly results below expectations; Infoblox dropped sharply after cutting its full-year forecast and saying its CEO would depart. OmniVision Technologies jumped after projecting quarterly earnings would climb more than Wall Street estimates. Shares of Apple turned lower.