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Weekly Market Wrap: November 21, 2014
The Online Investor - Fri., Nov. 21, 4:16 PM

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

Most actively traded stocks include Bank of America (BAC) up 0.36%, Intel (INTC) down 1.11%, Apple (AAPL) down 0.2% and Vale (VALE) up 8.6%.

Hi. I'm Sayoko Murase. Welcome to the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for November 21, 2014.

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

Crude oil futures are higher this week, trading at $76.19 per barrel on Friday afternoon.

And Gold futures are also higher this week, trading at $1199.78 an ounce this afternoon.

In economic news, the Producer Price Index for final demand rose 0.2 percent in October, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. This increase followed a 0.1-percent decline in September and no change in August. On an unadjusted basis, the index for final demand advanced 1.5 percent for the 12 months ended in October, the smallest 12-month increase since a 1.2-percent rise in February 2014.

In October, the 0.2-percent rise in final demand prices can be traced to the index for final demand services, which advanced 0.5 percent. In contrast, prices for final demand goods moved down 0.4 percent.

In the week ending November 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 291,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 290,000 to 293,000. The 4-week moving average was 287,500, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 285,000 to 285,750.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers was unchanged in October on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.7 percent before seasonal adjustment.

Gasoline and other energy indexes declined, offsetting increases in shelter and an array of other indexes to leave the seasonally adjusted all items index unchanged. The gasoline index fell for the fourth month in a row, declining 3.0 percent, and the indexes for natural gas and fuel oil also decreased. The food index rose slightly in October, with major grocery store food groups mixed.

In corporate dividend news, The HP (NYSE:HPQ) board of directors has declared a regular cash dividend of $0.16 per share on the company's common stock. The dividend, the first in HP's fiscal year 2015, is payable on Jan. 7, 2015, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on Dec. 10, 2014.

Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) declared a regular quarterly dividend on Campbell's capital stock of $0.312 per share. The quarterly dividend is payable Feb. 2, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business Jan. 12, 2015.

Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) has approved a 3.4 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.30 per share from the current $0.29 per share. The new dividend is payable on January 23, 2015, to common shareholders of record at the close of business on January 2, 2015.

And, BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.93 per share of common stock, payable December 23, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 3, 2014.

This is the 'Weekly Market Wrap' for Friday, November 21, 2014. Please join us on Monday for the Week Ahead Market Report.

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