The twenty third trading week of 2014 comes to a close with US markets higher in the last hour of trading.
Names such as Angie's List (NASDAQ:ANGI), VeriFone Systems (NYSE:PAY), eHealth (NASDAQ:EHTH), and AEP Industries (NASDAQ:AEPI) are leading the way higher.
Hi. I'm Sayoko Murase. Welcome to the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for June 6, 2014.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ Composite are all significantly higher for the week.
Crude oil futures are lower this week, trading at $102.69 per barrel on Friday afternoon.
And Gold futures are higher for the week, trading at $1252.50 an ounce on Friday afternoon.
In economic news, new orders for manufactured goods in April, up three consecutive months, increased $3.4 billion or 0.7 percent to $499.8 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. This was also at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992 and followed a 1.5 percent March increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.5 percent.
In the week ending May 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 312,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 4,000 from 300,000 to 304,000. The 4-week moving average was 310,250, a decrease of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since June 2, 2007 when it was 307,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 311,500 to 312,500.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 217,000 in May, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Employment increased in professional and business services, health care and social assistance, food services and drinking places, and transportation and warehousing.
The unemployment rate held at 6.3 percent in May, following a decline of 0.4 percentage point in April. The number of unemployed persons was unchanged in May at 9.8 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons declined by 1.2 percentage points and 1.9 million, respectively.
In highlights of corporate dividend news, Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) declared a quarterly dividend of 53 cents per outstanding share, unchanged from the previous quarter. The dividend is payable on Aug. 1, 2014, to Verizon Communications shareowners of record at the close of business on July 10, 2014.
General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) declared a regular quarterly dividend of 62 cents per share on the company's common stock, payable August 8, 2014, to shareholders of record on July 3.
Hess (NYSE:HES) declared a regular quarterly dividend of 25 cents per share payable on the Common Stock of the Corporation on June 30, 2014 to holders of record at the close of business on June 16, 2014.
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) authorized payment of a cash dividend of $0.375 per share, to be paid on June 25, 2014, to all shareholders of record of UnitedHealth Group common stock as of the close of business on June 16, 2014. This represents a 34 percent increase over the quarterly dividend of $0.28 per share the Company has paid beginning with the second quarter of 2013.
MasterCard declared a cash dividend of $0.11 per share, payable on August 8, 2014, to holders of record of its Class A common stock and Class B common stock as of July 9, 2014.
And, Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on Staples, Inc. common stock of $0.12 per share. The dividend is payable on July 17, 2014, to shareholders of record on June 27, 2014.
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