The Dow Jones Industrial Average today jumped after new home sales surged in the United States to a three-and-a-half-year high.
Here's the scorecard from today's trading session:
DOW: 16,606.27; +0.38%
S&P 500: 1,900.53; +0.45%
NASDAQ: 4,185.81; +0.76%
Now for today's top stock market news:
- Home Sales Soar: In April, new single-family home sales increased more than expected. U.S. Commerce Department data showed a 6.4% increase in home sales, ending two consecutive monthly declines. Despite the declines, home sales are up 15.2% from a year ago.
- Cut Jobs, Stock Rises: Shares of Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) surged more than 6.5% on news that the company would soon cut up to 16,000 more jobs. The move could potentially improve the company's profit margins.
- Earnings Reports: Shares of GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) were up more than 5% today after the videogame retailer beat Wall Street estimates by $0.02 at $0.59 per share. Meanwhile, Foot Locker (NYSE: FL) rose on strong earnings estimates. The company reported that same-store quarterly sales jumped more than anticipated.
- Here Comes Project Tango: Three-dimensional technology is coming to tablets. This week, Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) announced Project Tango, a plan to create new tablets with innovative visual capabilities. Starting in June, Google will produce 4,000 prototypes. ZDNet reports that the devices will feature seven-inch screens, two back cameras, infrared depth sensors, and proprietary software that can capture 3D images.
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- Junk Bonds: Fitch Ratings increased Greece's sovereign debt rating from B-minus to B, a sign that the country has improved its financial projections and outlook. However, there are two primary concerns investors should consider. First, a B level is still junk status. Second, the nation has a very important parliamentary election this Sunday. Should one coalition fail to achieve more than 50% of the vote, increased geopolitical tension could grip the nation.
- A Trade Victory: The World Trade Organization sided with the United States in a dispute with China over import duties on U.S. automobiles. The ruling found that China's duties of vehicles from General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) and Chrysler Group breached international fair trade rules. This is third time that the WTO has sided with the United States against China over import duties.
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