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Weekly Market Wrap: December 5, 2014
Friday, December 5, 3:48 PM ET

The forty-ninth trading week of 2014 comes to a close with the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and NASDAQ composite higher in early-afternoon trading on Friday.

Most actively traded stocks include Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) up 2.8%, Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI) lower by 2.5%, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) up 0.2%, Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) lower by 0.2%, and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) up 1.6%.

Hi. I'm Kristin Bianco. Welcome to the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for December 5, 2014.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite are all higher in the last five days of trading.

Crude oil futures are lower so far this week, trading at $66.18 per barrel on Friday afternoon.

And Gold futures are lower so far this week, trading at $1189.93 an ounce this afternoon.

In economic news, in the week ending November 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 297,000, a decrease of 17,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 313,000 to 314,000. The 4-week moving average was 299,000, an increase of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 294,000 to 294,250.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 321,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Job gains were widespread, led by growth in professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and manufacturing.

In November, the unemployment rate held at 5.8 percent, and the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 9.1 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.2 percentage points and 1.7 million, respectively.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 321,000 in November, compared with an average monthly gain of 224,000 over the prior 12 months. In November, job growth was widespread, led by gains in professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and manufacturing.

New orders for manufactured goods in October, down three consecutive months, decreased $3.3 billion or 0.7 percent to $496.6 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. This followed a 0.5 percent September decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 1.4 percent.

New orders for manufactured durable goods in October, up following two consecutive monthly decreases, increased $0.6 billion or 0.3 percent to $243.8 billion, revised from the previously published 0.4 percent increase. This followed a 0.7 percent September decrease.

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in October, up four of the last five months, increased $0.1 billion or 0.1 percent to $246.5 billion, unchanged from the previously published increase. This followed a 0.3 percent September increase.

In corporate dividend news, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) declared an annual cash dividend of $1.15 per share, up 34 percent, or $0.29 per share, from the previous year. The dividend is payable on January 8, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 15, 2014.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) declared a quarterly dividend of 55 cents per outstanding share, unchanged from the previous quarter. The dividend is payable on Feb. 2, 2015, to Verizon Communications shareowners of record at the close of business on Jan. 9, 2015.

MasterCard (NYSE:MA) has increased the company's quarterly cash dividend to 16 cents per share, a 45 percent increase over the previous dividend level of 11 cents per share. The cash dividend will be paid on February 9, 2015 to holders of record of its Class A common stock and Class B common stock as of January 9, 2015.

And, Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) has declared a quarterly cash dividend on Staples, Inc. common stock of $0.12 per share. The dividend is payable on January 15, 2015, to shareholders of record on December 26, 2014.

This is the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for Friday December 5, 2014.

Please join us on Monday for the Week Ahead Market Report.

For MarketNewsVideo.com, I'm Kristin Bianco.

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