It was a down day on Wall Street as the positive news from the Labor Department was overshadowed by a disappointing ISM non-manufacturing report.
The Labor Department reported that 365,000 people filed for unemployment benefits last week on a seasonally adjusted basis, down 27,000, which marks the biggest decline in almost a year. This week's number was better than economist were expecting.
Meanwhile, the Institute for Supply Management is reporting a slowdown in expansion in the U.S. non-manufacturing sector in April, which fell to 53.5, missing forecasts of a reading of 55.3.
On the earnings front, Whole Foods Market (WFM) posted earnings which beat expectations and the company also raised its full year guidance. General Motors (NYSE:GM) reported better than expected earnings in the first quarter, thanks to higher vehicle prices and lower costs.
Among retailers, Target (NYSE:TGT) and Gap (NYSE:GPS) both reported April same-store sales which fell short of expectations, sending shares lower today. It was a similar story for Macy's (NYSE:M) and Costco (NASDAQ:COST), which also posted disappointing April sales.
Tomorrow, we'll take a look at the government non-farm payrolls, as well as earnings results from Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A).
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