Closing Update: Markets Disconnect On Mixed Data and Earnings; Blue-Chips Outperform

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Blue-chips closed higher Friday, buoyed by strong gains in American Express ( AXP ) and Visa ( V ). Financial markets vacillated between negative and positive territory for most of the day as investors digested mixed economic data, disappointing Intel ( INTC ) results, and a UPS ( UPS ) warning, leaving the S&P 500 and Nasdaq lagging the Dow Industrials.

Although futures were higher into the data, the gains were unraveled by a bigger than expected decline in housing starts and permits. Capacity utilization improved to a near 6-year high, but the combination of severe winter storms and the dismal December jobs report caused consumer sentiment, as configured by Reuters/Univ of Michigan, to fall versus the forecast for a 1 point improvement.

Here's where the markets stand at the close:


Dow Jones Industrial Index was up 41 (+0.3%) at 16,458.56

S&P 500 was down 7 (-0.4%) at 1,838.70

Nasdaq Composite Index was down 21 (-0.5%) at 4,197.58


FTSE 100 was up 0.20%

Nikkei 225 was down 0.08%

Hang Seng Index was up 0.64%

Shanghai China Composite Index was down 0.93%


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RTRX Two investment funds disclosed a combined 12.5% stake in the biotech company.

EA Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25 and FIFA 14 games ranked on NPD Group's best seller list for 2013.


STRA Bank of America/Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock to underperform from neutral.

SSNI Baird downgrades Silver Spring Networks to Neutral from Outperform and slashed its price target to $17 from $32 a share.

AAWW British Airways plans to return three aircraft, exit cargo-freighter service

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This article appears in: Investing Commodities
Referenced Stocks: AXP , INTC , UPS , V

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