The sixth full trading week of 2015 comes to a close with the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and NASDAQ composite all slightly higher in afternoon trading on Friday.
Most actively traded stocks include Zynga (ZNGA) down 16.1%, Bank of America (BAC) down 0.36%, Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) up 8.18%, and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) down 0.4%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite are all significantly higher in the last five days of trading.
Crude oil futures are higher this week, trading at $52.45 per barrel on Friday afternoon.
And Gold futures are lower so far this week, trading at $1228.29 an ounce this afternoon.
In economic news, in the week ending February 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 304,000, an increase of 25,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 278,000 to 279,000. The 4-week moving average was 289,750, a decrease of 3,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 292,750 to 293,000.
The U.S. Census Bureau announced that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for January, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $439.8 billion, a decrease of 0.8 percent from the previous month, but up 3.3 percent above January 2014. Total sales for the November 2014 through January 2015 period were up 3.8 percent from the same period a year ago. The November to December 2014 percent change was unrevised from -0.9 percent. Retail trade sales were down 1.0 percent from December 2014, but up 2.4 percent above last year. Food services and drinking places were up 11.3 percent from January 2014 and auto and other motor vehicle dealers were up 10.7 percent from last year. Gasoline stations were down 23.5 percent from the previous year.
In corporate dividend news, Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.5175 per share on the company's outstanding common stock. The dividend is payable on March 10, 2015 to shareowners of record at the close of business on February 26, 2015.
FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share on FedEx Corporation common stock. The dividend is payable April 1, 2015 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 11, 2015.
Cisco declared a quarterly dividend of $0.21 per common share, a two-cent increase over the previous quarter's dividend, to be paid on April 22, 2015 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 2, 2015.
The UPS (NYSE:UPS) Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.73 per share on all outstanding Class A and Class B shares. The dividend is payable March 10, 2015, to shareowners of record on Feb. 23, 2015.
Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) has approved a ten percent increase in the Company's regular quarterly cash dividend. On an annual basis, Time Warner's regular cash dividend on its Common Stock will grow from $1.27 per share to $1.40 per share. The Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.35 per share on its Common Stock, payable in cash on March 15, 2015 to stockholders of record on February 28, 2015.
Bank of America declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on Bank of America common stock of $0.05 per share, payable March 27 to shareholders of record as of March 6.
And, UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) authorized payment of a quarterly shareholder dividend of $0.375 per share in the first quarter of 2015. The dividend will be paid on March 24, 2015, to all shareholders of record of UnitedHealth Group common stock as of the close of business March 13, 2015.
This is the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for Friday, February 13, 2015.
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For MarketNewsVideo.com, I'm Kristin Bianco.