ENP Newswire - 02 January 2014 Release date- 01012014 - US stocks put in a decent performance on Tuesday with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 once again hitting record highs ahead of the New Year's Day holiday. The Dow rose 0.44% to close at 16,576.66, some 26.5% higher than the same point last year, while the S&P 500 finished 0.40% higher at 1,848.36, ending the year up 29.6%. These were the indices' best annual gains since 1995 and 1997, respectively. Consumer confidence, home prices beat expectations The University of Michigan's preliminary reading of its consumer confidence index rose to 78.1 in December from a revised 72.0 the previous month, ahead of the consensus forecast of 76. Home prices in the 20 largest cities within the US increased at a 13.61% annual rate during the month of November, according to the latest figures out from S&P/ Case Shiller , slightly ahead of the 13.5% gain expected. This comes after a revised 13.25% increase the month before. The Chicago NAPM's regional manufacturing sector index for the month of December fell to 59.1 from 63 previously, below the 61 expected by analysts. Retail sales at the country's main chains increased by 1.0% week-on-week, the latest survey data from ICSC and Goldman Sachs revealed. H-P, Revlon announce job cuts Tech giant Hewlett-Packard ended slightly lower after increasing the number of employees it plans to lay off as part of its restructuring announced last year. The firm now expects to slash 34,000 jobs by the end of its financial year, up from 29,000 previously. It also increased its estimates for restructuring charges. Cosmetics firm Revlon gained after its announcement that it intends to exit from China and cut 1,100 jobs amid declining sales. The company said the restructuring would save it around $11m a year. Phillips 66 rose on the news that Berkshire Hathaway is to buy Phillips Specialty Products for $1.4bn . S&P 500 - Risers Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) $91.73 +3.65% Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) $50.40 +3.62% Tesoro Corp. (TSO) $58.50 +3.45% Phillips 66 Common Stock (PSX) $77.13 +3.23% Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) $49.04 +2.81% Noble Corporation plc (NE) $37.47 +2.66% Newfield Exploration Co (NFX) $24.63 +2.50% Rowan Companies plc (RDC) $35.36 +2.17% Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC) $62.99 +2.12% Micron Technology Inc. (MU) $21.75 +2.11% S&P 500 - Fallers First Solar Inc. (FSLR) $54.64 -1.73% Sysco Corp. (SYY) $36.10 -1.53% Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (CLF) $26.21 -1.47% Kimberly-Clark Corp. (KMB) $104.46 -1.39% Amgen Inc. (AMGN) $114.08 -1.22% Vornado Realty Trust (VNO) $88.79 -1.07% Frontier Communications Co. (FTR) $4.65 -1.06% Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (REGN) $275.24 -1.02% Garmin Ltd. (GRMN) $46.19 -1.01% Clorox Co. (CLX) $92.76 -1.00% Dow Jones I.A - Risers American Express Co. (AXP) $90.73 +1.27% United Technologies Corp. (UTX) $113.80 +0.95% JP Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM) $58.48 +0.91% Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) $101.20 +0.89% Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) $177.26 +0.87% Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) $22.43 +0.81% Visa Inc. (V) $222.68 +0.80% Unitedhealth Group Inc. (UNH) $75.30 +0.70% International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) $187.57 +0.62% 3M Co. (MMM) $140.25 +0.60% Dow Jones I.A - Fallers Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) $91.59 -0.77% Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) $81.41 -0.72% Pfizer Inc. (PFE) $30.63 -0.20% Nike Inc. (NKE) $78.64 -0.13% AT&T Inc. (T) $35.16 -0.11% Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) $90.81 -0.07% Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) $49.14 -0.02% Nasdaq 100 - Risers Equinix Inc. (EQIX) $177.45 +2.53% Baidu Inc. (BIDU) $177.88 +2.24% Micron Technology Inc. (MU) $21.75 +2.11% Randgold Resources Ltd. Ads (GOLD) $62.81 +1.93% Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) $136.76 +1.92% Tractor Supply Company (TSCO) $77.58 +1.77% Facebook Inc. (FB) $54.65 +1.75% Liberty Global plc Series A (LBTYA) $89.00 +1.68% eBay Inc. (EBAY) $54.87 +1.58% Autodesk Inc. (ADSK) $50.32 +1.49% Nasdaq 100 - Fallers Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) $150.43 -1.32% Amgen Inc. (AMGN) $114.08 -1.22% Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (REGN) $275.24 -1.02% Garmin Ltd. (GRMN) $46.19 -1.01% Seagate Technology Plc (STX) $56.16 -0.65% Sirius XM Holdings Inc (SIRI) $3.49 -0.57% Mattel Inc. (MAT) $47.58 -0.50% Staples Inc. (SPLS) $15.89 -0.50% Catamaran Corp (CTRX) $47.46 -0.50% Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP) $80.80 -0.35% [Editorial queries for this story should be sent to email@example.com ] ((Comments on this story may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org ))
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