Stronger than expected third-quarter growth data helped push stocks on Wall Street higher and also gave the dollar a boost on Friday as investors weighed the implications for monetary policy.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was the most subdued among the US stock indicators, rising just fractionally. The best performance came from the Nasdaq Composite after blockbuster third-quarter results from Intel, Microsoft and Alphabet - the daftly-named stock formerly known as Google - boosted technology stocks.
Microsoft and Intel were the best two performing stocks on the Dow - up 6.4% to $83.81 and 7.4% to $44.40 respectively - offsetting losses for Merck and Chevron, which both reported earnings that failed to impress the Street. Merck shares fell 6.1% to $58.24 and Chevron eased 4.1% to $113.54.
Oil futures were also in focus as Brent crude rose above the $60 a barrel mark for the first time in more than two years, boosted by the rising dollar.
- Dow 23,434.19 +0.14%
- S&P 500 2,580.72 +0.79%
- Nasdaq 6,701.26 +2.2%
- NYSE Composite 12,366.27 +0.11%
- Gold 1,274.84 +0.4%
- Oil Brent crude $60.40 +1.9%
- Oil WTI $53.97 +2.5% (3:53PM EDT)
- 10-Year Treasury 2.4% -2 basis points
Children all over the world shut your eyes and cover your ears - the world's largest toymaker Mattel Inc fell 8.9% to $14 after it said it was to suspend its quarterly dividend and use the cash to support its ailing business.
The bankruptcy of Mattel's largest distributor, Toys'R'Us, hit the company hard and it reported disappointing third-quarter results as net sales fell 13% to $1.56bn.