The fifth trading week of 2014 comes to a close with the major US markets trading lower. Earnings reports were mixed for the week, but the major news was the Federal Reserve continuing its plans to taper by lower its bond purchasing by another $10 billion.
Hi. I'm Sayoko Murase. Welcome to the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for January 31, 2014.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500 are all lower this week after volatile trading in every session.
Crude oil futures are higher this week, trading just below $98.00 per barrel on Friday afternoon.
And Gold futures are lower this week, trading around $1,240 an ounce in Friday afternoon trading.
In economic news, the Labor Department reported that initial jobless claims rose by 19,000 claims to a seasonally adjusted rate of 348,000. In the report, the Labor Department noted that it revised its previous week's data higher by 3,000 claims to 329,000, but said that continuing claims fell to about 2.99 million.
In corporate news, 3M (NYSE:MMM) reported fourth quarter earnings of $1.1 billion, or $1.62 per share, as revenue climbed by 2.5% to $7.57 billion. The company's earnings were in line with Wall Street estimates, but revenue lagged the consensus estimates.
Boeing (NYSE:BA) reported fourth quarter earnings of $1.23 billion, or $1.61 per share, as revenue climbed to $23.79 billion. In the report, Boeing said it expects to deliver between 715 and 725 new planes in 2014 with the new 787s accounting for 110 of those planes.
Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) reported fourth quarter earnings of $2.57 billion, or 39 cents per share, as revenue declined to $13.56 billion. Excluding one-time items, the company would have earned 56 cents per share, topping Wall Street estimates.
Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) reported fourth quarter earnings of $1.91 billion, or 72 cents per share, as revenue rose by 6% to $16.93 billion. Excluding one-time items, the company would have earned 66 cents per share, falling just short of Wall Street's estimates.
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