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Stocks extended their winning streak for a third straight session Thursday, helped by a late round of buying in consumer staples and materials. Bank and tech stocks remained the day's weakest links.
Warm weather and sales tied to the Memorial Day and Father's Day holidays helped drive shoppers to stores in June, but the heavy discounting may have hurt retail profits.
S&P 500 futures moved up a couple points as initial jobless claims were slightly lower than expected, as was the continuing claims number.
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Poor weather in early May and a still cautious consumer translated into a mixed bag for retailers in May, underscoring the fragile state of the economic recovery at this stage.
What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Wednesday, May19.
The financial sector will be at the crux of market worries Wednesday, as the U.S. Senate moves closer to a vote on banking reform and German regulators explain their surprise move to ban naked short-selling on a group of bank stocks and sovereign debt.
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The latest batch of economic reports is providing fresh evidence that consumers are starting to spend again, and the buzz is "a lot better" at an annual retail investors conference in New York, said Dana Telsey, CEO and Chief Research Officer of Telsey Advisory Group, which runs the conference.
The Dow managed to close above 11,000 after some late-session turbulence but 1,200 proved just out of reach for the S&P.
Warm weather, an early Easter and a more confident consumer appear to have boosted retail sales in March, with many of the retailers who have reported results so far topping analysts' estimates.
Stocks picked up again in the final hour of trading after the Federal Reserve said it would continue to keep interest rates low for "an extended period."
Stock futures Tuesday were a couple points higher ahead of the Fed meeting. An informal survey of stock traders indicate that no one is expecting a dramatic change in wording or rates. Most feel that unemployment will stay in the 9 percent range, that inflation will remain in the 1 to (at most) 2 percent range in 2010, and that none of this warrants rate increases before late in the year.
Stock index futures remained true to recent form before the bell Tuesday, little changed compared with fair value ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates later in the day.
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Another strong round of retail sales came in this morning, with broad gains across the board in February despite wintry weather throughout much of the Midwest and East Coast.
U.S. retailers posted their best monthly sales performance in February since just before the recession started in 2007, as leaner inventories resulted in more sales at full price. Brian Tunick, managing director and specialty retail analyst at JPMorgan said he sees consumers continuing to make a comeback.