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Major Averages Moving Modestly Higher In Early Trading

May 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (Alliance News) - Stocks have moved modestly higher in early trading on Friday, adding to the gains posted in the two previous sessions. The major averages have all climbed into positive territory, although buying interest has remained somewhat subdued.

The early strength on Wall Street partly reflects a positive reaction to earnings news from Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), with the tech giant jumping by 5.9% in early trading.

After the close of trading on Thursday, HP reported second quarter earnings that were in line with estimates, although its revenues came in below expectations. The company also revealed plans to cut 16,000 more jobs.

Positive sentiment has also recently been generated by the release of a report from the Commerce Department showing that new home sales came in above economist estimates in April.

Housing stocks have moved notably higher following the release of the report, driving the Philadelphia Housing Sector Index up by 1.3%. The index is currently on pace to end the session at its best closing level in over a month.

Airline, railroad, and semiconductor stocks are also seeing some early strength, while most of the other major sectors are showing only modest moves.

The lack of conviction behind the upward move by the broader markets comes as some traders are away from their desks, getting a head start on the long Memorial Day weekend.

The major averages have seen some further upside in recent trading, reaching new highs for the young session. The Dow is up 45.80 points or 0.3% at 16,588.88, the Nasdaq is up 10.66 points or 0.3% at 4,165.00 and the S&P 500 is up 4.46 points or 0.2% at 1,896.95.

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Source: Alliance News

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