Dow Sheds Earlier Gains, Heads For Losing Week

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(MENAFN– Baystreet.ca) Dow Sheds Earlier Gains, Heads for Losing Week

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Stocks rose slightly Friday, but all the major averages were on pace for weekly declines, as investors drew conflicting conclusions about what the latest payroll numbers mean for the future Federal Reserve rate hikes.
The Dow Jones Industrials came off its peaks of the morning, but still stayed green 115.42 points to 32,116.67.
The S&P 500 had gained 15.1 points to 3,734.99
The NASDAQ was positive 27.37 points to 10,370.31.
A better-than-expected October non-farm payrolls report on Friday further fueled some concerns that the Fed will persist with its tightening campaign. The report showed 261,000 payrolls added in October, surpassing a Dow Jones estimate of 205,000 additions. However, the unemployment rate came in at 3.7%, slightly above the expected 3.5%.
China stocks higher Friday, although the government hasn’t formally announced a pivot. Pinduoduo, JD.com and Alibaba shares surged.
Corporate earnings season continued, with mobile payment company Block surging 17% after beating expectations. Carvana shared dropped 20% as it posted a wider-than-expected loss, while Twilio and Atlassian both plummeted on disappointing guidance.
Despite Friday’s gains, all the major averages are on track to close out the week with losses, with the Dow down 2% set to end four weeks of gains.
The S&P lost 4.1%, and the NASDAQ is down 6.6%, on pace to break two-week winning streaks. The tech-heavy NASDAQ is also on course for its worst weekly performance since January 2022.
Treasury prices gave up its gains, raising yields to 4.17% from Thursday’s 4.15%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.
Oil prices jumped $2.97 to $91.14 U.S. a barrel.
Gold prices hiked $42.40 to $1,673.20 U.S. an ounce.

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