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Weekly Market Wrap: April 24, 2015
The Online Investor - Fri., Apr. 24, 2:34 PM

The sixteenth full trading week of 2015 comes to a close with the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and NASDAQ composite all higher at the close on Friday.

Most actively traded stocks include Microsoft (MSFT) up 9.5%, Vale (VALE) up 10.25%, Comcast (CMCSA) higher by 0.95% and Apple (AAPL) higher by 0.12%.

The S&P 500, Dow and Nasdaq Composite are higher in the last five days of trading.

Crude oil futures are higher this week, trading at $56.83 per barrel on Friday afternoon.

And Gold futures are lower this week, trading at $1177.62 an ounce this afternoon.

In economic news, in the week ending April 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 295,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 294,000. The 4-week moving average was 284,500, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 282,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.7 percent for the week ending April 11, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 11 was 2,325,000, an increase of 50,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 7,000 from 2,268,000 to 2,275,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,308,750, a decrease of 22,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for

this average since December 23, 2000 when it was 2,288,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,750 from 2,329,000 to 2,330,750.

Sales of new single-family houses in March 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000, according to estimates released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 11.4 percent below the revised February rate of 543,000, but is 19.4 percent above the March 2014 estimate of 403,000.

The median sales price of new houses sold in March 2015 was $277,400; the average sales price was $343,300. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of March was 213,000. This represents a supply of 5.3 months at the current sales rate.

In corporate dividend news, Pfizer declared a 28-cent second-quarter 2015 dividend on the company's common stock, payable June 2, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 8, 2015. The second-quarter 2015 cash dividend will be the 306th consecutive quarterly dividend paid by Pfizer.

Visa (NYSE:V) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share of class A common stock (determined in the case of class B and class C common stock on an as-converted basis) payable on June 2, 2015, to all holders of record of the Company's class A, B and C common stock as of May 15, 2015.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) has declared a 7.1% increase in the quarterly dividend rate, from $0.70 per share to $0.75 per share. The next quarterly dividend is payable on June 9, 2015 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 26, 2015. The ex-dividend date is May 21, 2015.

The Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) has authorized a second quarter 2015 dividend of $1.50 per share. The dividend is payable on June 26, 2015 to holders of record as of the close of business on June 1, 2015.

Textron (NYSE:TXT) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.02 per share on the company's Common Stock. All dividends will be paid on July 1, 2015 to shareholders of record as of June 12, 2015.

And, D.R. Horton (NYSE:DHI) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.0625 per common share. The dividend is payable on May 27, 2015 to stockholders of record on May 15, 2015.

This is the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for Friday April 24, 2015.

Please join us on Monday for the Week Ahead Market Report.

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