Weekly Market Wrap: September 26, 2014
The Online Investor - Fri., Sep. 26, 4:26 PM
The thirty ninth trading week of 2014 comes to a close with the S&P 500, NASDAQ composite and Dow Jones all higher in mid-afternoon trading today.
Hi. I'm Sayoko Murase. Welcome to the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for September 26, 2014.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are all sharply lower for the week.
Crude oil futures are higher this week, trading at $93.69 per barrel on Friday afternoon.
And Gold futures are slightly lower this week, trading at $1214.95 an ounce this afternoon.
In economic news, sales of new single-family houses in August 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000, according to estimates released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 18.0 percent above the revised July rate of 427,000 and is 33.0 percent above the August 2013 estimate of 379,000.
In the week ending September 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 293,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 280,000 to 281,000. The 4-week moving average was 298,500, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 299,500 to 299,750.
And, real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 4.6 percent in the second quarter of 2014, according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP decreased 2.1 percent.
In corporate dividend news, CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) has approved a quarterly dividend of $0.275 (27.5 cents) per share on the corporation's common stock. The dividend is payable on November 3, 2014, to holders of record on October 23, 2014.
The Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) has authorized a fourth quarter 2014 dividend of $1.50 per share, representing a $0.17, or 13 percent, increase over last quarter. The dividend is payable on Dec. 26, 2014 to holders of record as of the close of business on Dec. 1, 2014.
General Mills declared a quarterly dividend at the prevailing rate of $0.41 per share, payable Nov. 3, 2014, to shareholders of record Oct. 10, 2014.
Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) declared a regular quarterly dividend on its capital stock of $0.312 per share. The quarterly dividend is payable Nov. 3, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business Oct. 13, 2014.
And, Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.33 per common share. The dividend is payable on November 25, 2014 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 27, 2014.
This is the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for Friday, September 26, 2014. Please join us on Monday for the Week Ahead Market Report.