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Weekly Market Wrap: October 31, 2014
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The forty-fourth trading week of 2014 comes to a close with the S&P 500, NASDAQ composite and Dow Jones all higher in early-afternoon trading on Friday.

Most actively traded stocks include Groupon (GRPN) up 20.3%, Bank of America (BAC) higher by 0.65%, American Realty Capital (ARCP) down 4%, Facebook (FB) up 1.2% and Intel (INTC) higher by 3.8%.

Hi. I'm Sayoko Murase. Welcome to the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for October 31, 2014.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are all significantly higher this week.

Crude oil futures are lower this week, trading at $80.17 per barrel on Friday afternoon.

And Gold futures are also lower this week, trading at $1168.75 an ounce this afternoon.

In economic news, in the week ending October 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 287,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 283,000 to 284,000. The 4-week moving average was 281,000, a decrease of 250 from the previous week's revised average.

Real gross domestic product -- the value of the production of goods and services in the United

States, adjusted for price changes -- increased at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 4.6 percent.

The increase in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from

personal consumption expenditures (PCE), exports, nonresidential fixed investment, federal government spending, and state and local government spending that were partly offset by a negative contribution from private inventory investment. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, decreased.

The price index for gross domestic purchases, which measures prices paid by U.S. residents, increased 1.3 percent in the third quarter, compared with an increase of 2.0 percent in the second. Excluding food and energy prices, the price index for gross domestic purchases increased 1.5 percent, compared with an increase of 1.7 percent.

Personal income increased $22.7 billion, or 0.2 percent, and disposable personal income increased $15.7 billion, or 0.1 percent, in September, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal consumption expenditures decreased $19.0 billion, or 0.2 percent. In August, personal income increased $50.7 billion, or 0.3 percent, DPI increased $37.5 billion, or 0.3 percent, and PCE increased $58.7 billion, or 0.5 percent, based on revised estimates.

Real DPI increased less than 0.1 percent in September, compared with an increase of 0.3 percent in August. Real PCE decreased 0.2 percent, in contrast to an increase of 0.5 percent.

In corporate dividend news, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NYSE:AMTD) has declared a $0.15 per share quarterly cash dividend, an increase of 25 percent year-over-year, payable on Nov. 20, 2014 to all holders of record of common stock as of Nov. 6, 2014.

IBM (NYSE:IBM) declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $1.10 per common share, payable December 10, 2014 to stockholders of record November 10, 2014.

Boeing (NYSE:BA) reported that the board of directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of seventy three cents per share. The dividend is payable Dec. 5, 2014, to shareholders of record as of Nov. 7, 2014.

Kimco declared and increased the company's quarterly cash dividend 6.7% to $0.24 per common share payable on January 15, 2015, to shareholders of record on January 2, 2015, representing an ex-dividend date of December 30, 2014.

Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) declared a cash dividend of 69 cents per share on the Common Stock, payable on December 10, 2014 to shareholders of record of Common Stock at the close of business on November 12, 2014.

And, Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) declared a quarterly dividend of one dollar and seven cents per share, payable December 10, 2014, to holders of common stock as shown on the transfer records of the Corporation at the close of business on November 18, 2014.

This is the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for Friday, October 31, 2014. Please join us on Monday for the Week Ahead Market Report.

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