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Weekly Market Wrap: January 9, 2015
The Online Investor - Fri., Jan. 9, 4:01 PM

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

Most actively traded stocks include Bank of America (BAC) down 1.85%, Banco Santander (SAN) lower by 3.25%, and Apple (AAPL) down 0.4%.

Hi. I'm Kristin Bianco. Welcome to the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for January 9, 2015.

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

Crude oil futures are lower so far this week, trading at $48.26 per barrel on Friday afternoon.

And Gold futures are higher so far this week, trading at $1219.07 an ounce this afternoon.

In economic news, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced that the goods and services deficit was $39.0 billion in November, down $3.2 billion from $42.2 billion in October, revised. November exports were $196.4 billion, $2.0 billion less than October exports. November imports were $235.4 billion, $5.2 billion less than October imports.

The November decrease in the goods and services deficit reflected a decrease in the goods deficit of $3.3 billion to $58.3 billion and a decrease in the services surplus of $0.1 billion to $19.3 billion.

Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit increased $22.3 billion, or 5.1 percent, from the

same period in 2013. Exports increased $60.0 billion or 2.9 percent. Imports increased $82.4 billion or 3.3 percent.

In the week ending January 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 294,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 298,000. The 4-week moving average was 290,500, a decrease of 250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 290,750.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 252,000 in December, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, construction, food services and drinking places, health care, and manufacturing.

In corporate dividend news, Ford Motor Company declared a first quarter dividend of $0.15 per share on the company's outstanding Class B and common stock. This dividend represents a 20 percent increase from quarterly dividends paid in 2014. The first quarter dividend is payable on March 2, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 30, 2015.

Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) declared quarterly cash dividends of $0.36 per common share, payable on February 16, 2015, to shareholders of record on January 23, 2015.

MetLife (NYSE:MET) declared a first quarter 2015 common stock dividend of $0.35 per share. The dividend will be payable on March 13, 2015, to shareholders of record as of Feb. 6, 2015.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG) declared a regular dividend of two cents per share on the Company's common stock. The dividend will be paid February 13, 2015 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business January 30, 2015.

And, DDR Corp. (NYSE:DDR) declared its first quarter 2015 common stock dividend of $0.1725 per share, which represents an increase of 11% from the first quarter of 2014. The common stock dividend is payable on April 7, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 12, 2015.

This is the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for Friday January 9, 2015.

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