The twenty-fourth full trading week of 2015 comes to a close with the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and the NASDAQ composite lower on the day, in late morning trading on Friday.
Most actively traded stocks include Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) down 0.66%, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) lower by 0.48%, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) down 0.94% and GE (NYSE:GE) down 0.31%.
The S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ are significantly higher over the last five trading days.
Crude oil futures are lower this week, trading at $59.56 per barrel on Friday morning.
And Gold futures are higher this week, trading at $1203.55 an ounce this morning.
In economic news, privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,275,000. This is 11.8 percent above the revised April rate of 1,140,000 and is 25.4 percent above the May 2014 estimate of 1,017,000. Single-family authorizations in May were at a rate of 683,000; this is 2.6 percent above the revised April figure of 666,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 557,000 in May.
Privately-owned housing starts in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,036,000. This is 11.1 percent below the revised April estimate of 1,165,000, but is 5.1 percent above the May 2014 rate of 986,000. Single-family housing starts in May were at a rate of 680,000; this is 5.4 percent below the revised April figure of 719,000. The May rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 349,000.
Privately-owned housing completions in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,034,000. This is 4.7 percent above the revised April estimate of 988,000 and is 14.5 percent above the May 2014 rate of 903,000. Single-family housing completions in May were at a rate of 635,000; this is 5.2 percent below the revised April rate of 670,000. The May rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 392,000.
In the week ending June 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 267,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 279,000. The 4-week moving average was 276,750, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 278,750.
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 0.4 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Over the last 12 months, the all items index was unchanged before seasonal adjustment.
In corporate dividend news, Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share of outstanding common stock. This dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on July 8, 2015, with a payment date of July 29, 2015.
PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG) declared its second-quarter 2015 regular cash dividend of 45.5 cents per share on the Corporation's common stock. The dividend is payable on July 15, 2015, to shareholders of record on June 30, 2015.
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) has approved a 4.1 percent increase in the dividend rate on U.S. Bancorp common stock to $1.02 on an annualized basis, or $0.255 on a quarterly basis, payable July 15, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 30, 2015.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) declared a quarterly dividend of thirty-seven cents ($0.37) per share on the $.10 par value Common Stock of the corporation. The next quarterly dividend will be payable on August 3, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on July 6, 2015.
Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) has declared a dividend for the third quarter of 2015 of $0.50 per share on outstanding common stock. The dividend is payable September 10, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 14, 2015.
Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE:AHT) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per diluted share for the Company's common stock for the second quarter ending June 30, 2015. The dividend, which equates to an annual rate of $0.48 per share, is payable on July 15, 2015, to shareholders of record as of June 30, 2015.
And, Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) approved a 25 percent increase in its cash dividend for fiscal year 2016, raising the quarterly amount to $0.38 per ordinary share for an annual amount of $1.52 per ordinary share. The dividend is payable on July 17, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 29, 2015.
This is the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for Friday June 19, 2015.
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For MarketNewsVideo.com, I'm Sayoko Murase.