US Stocks Week Ended February 13, 2015

The nearly six year old bull market in U.S. equities continued to reach all-time highs this week, as the S&P 500 closed Friday with a value of nearly 2,097. Markets rallied on news that Greece would soften their stand on potential changes in austerity measures, Germany announced quarterly GDP of 0.7% higher than economist expectations, and a cease fire in the Russian-Ukraine conflict was reached. Oil prices moved higher for the third straight week, easing some profitability fears among the energy sector's most levered companies. Hasbro Inc. rallied over 7% as the toy maker's Transformers and Nerf toy lines posted earnings and revenues higher than analyst expectations. Qualcomm's shares surged as Chinese regulators ended a near $1b antitrust probe into the chipmakers products. Cisco Systems Inc. was up over 8% on the week, after the tech giant announced profits and sales that were higher than analyst estimates. Expedia Inc. rallied over 15% after they announced an all-cash deal to acquire online travel booking rival Orbitz Worldwide Inc. American Express Co. was down over 8%, which hit a 52 week low, after talks with Costco Wholesale Corp. about their exclusive co-brand relationship have ended without a renewal of their deal that
Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 @ 8:57 AM

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