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The S&P 500 index closed above the 1,500 level for the first time in nearly seven years but overall gains were modest amid concern the market may be reaching a top. "There is a lot of good news out there but we caution investors that it has been quite a while since a pullback in the stock market," said Alan Skrainka, chief market strategist at Edward Jones. "That concerns us a little bit."
Earnings blowouts and FDA approvals were the catalysts behind some of Thursday's most actively traded stocks.
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Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Raymond James, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that he expects Texas Instruments’ earnings to improve in the second half of the year.
Advanced Micro Devices reported first-quarter results that badly missed consensus estimates as the company reported lower shipments of chip products in addition to falling average prices.
Stocks closed mixed but the Dow Jones Industrial Average inched up to another record as investors awaited key quarterly reports after the bell. "You still have some pretty important earnings coming out that are going to set the tone," said Adam Tracy, director of listed trading at Thomas Weisel Partners.
Earnings blowouts and encouraging drug trials were some of the catalysts behind Thursday's most actively traded stocks.
China's rapid growth is a double-edged sword and today it is cutting into world equities markets. Asian and European markets were lower and U.S. stocks are pointing at a weaker opening, with the Dow, fresh off a new high, looking particularly wobbly. Earnings news is also setting the tone.
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The Dow closed at a new record as blue chip stocks were boosted by upside earnings reports, but stocks ended mixed after two notable tech names disappointed investors. JP Morgan Chase added positive momentum to the financial sector, closing at a new high after the bank reported first-quarter earnings growth of 55%.
Intel posted higher quarterly profit in line with analyst expectations, while a top official told CNBC that the microchip maker is reclaiming market share from rival Advanced Micro Devices. In an interview with Jim Goldman, Chief Financial Officer Andy Bryant also said that Intel's gross margins should rebound to the mid-50s by the middle of the year.
Stocks are heading for a lower opening as some weak tech earnings worry investors. The dollar continues to fall against major currencies. Asian markets were higher overnight, but European stocks are lower. There are no big data items today but earnings could sway direction.
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Cody Acree, managing director at Stifel, Nicolaus, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that he believes Intel is poised for a rebound.
Stocks are set to open higher, reversing an early negative trend, after consumer inflation data showed muted increases in core inflation. However, the CPI rose at a 0.6% rate when including food and energy, its highest rise since last April. Housing starts rose 0.8%, beating analysts expectatons but below February's increase.
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Stocks closed mixed on Monday after a modest follow through rally from Friday's strong jobs numbers quickly fizzled as investors looked ahead to quarterly earnings season. "I think with the next few days we're in a holding pattern waiting for earnings to appear," said Zachary Karabell, portfolio manager at Fred Alger Management.
President George W. Bush visited the storied border town of Yuma, Ariz. Monday to build support for his immigration-reform policies -- proposals that not only affect illegal aliens and blue-collar workers, but also affect the higher end of the educational and economic spectrum. Ron Hira, Public Policy Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, and Robert Hoffman, vice president for Congressional & Legislative Affairs at Oracle, joined "Power Lunch" to debate expanding H1-B visas for highly trained foreign nationals.
Shares of Advanced Micro Devices rose about 4% after it announced a restructuring to lower costs. The chipmaker also cut first-quarter revenue guidance to $1.23 billion, well below Wall Street forecasts.