Closing Update: U.S. Stocks Finish Higher For the Week, Shaking Off Geo-Political Tensions

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Stocks rebounded Friday, erasing yesterday's steep sell-off as tensions eased over the downing of a Maylasia Airlines jet and the start of a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip by Israeli forces. All 10 industry sectors in the S&P 500 finished in the black, led by shares of technology and healthcare companies, which were hit hard earlier in the week when the Federal Reserve questioned values of so-called momentum stocks. Commodity-related stocks underperformed as investors sought out riskier asset plays.

Today's gains also picked up support from several well-received IPOs. Sage Therapeutics ( SAGE ) rose nearly 67% in its market debut after the biopharmaceutical firm earlier priced its initial public offering of 5 million shares at $18 apiece, the top of its expected range. Other first-day winners today included enterprise software firm TubeMogul ( TUBE ) and SunEdison ( SUNE ) spinoff TerraForm Power Inc. ( TERP ).

Healthcare stocks continued to enjoy a boost from ongoing mergers and acquisition activity, with Shire plc ( SHPG ) this morning accepting AbbVie's (ABBV) $55 billion buyout offer while Gentiva Health Services Inc. (GTIV) finished with a 16% advance after saying another suitor has emerged with a $17.25 a share offer, trumping Kindred Healthcare's (KND) $16 bid.


In energy futures, crude oil for August delivery closed down slightly to $103.13 per barrel amid concerns about supply disruptions.

In metals futures, August gold closed down 0.57% at $1,309.40 per troy ounce, down 2.1% for the week, with September silver settling down 1.2% to $20.89 per ounce. September copper was up 0.13% at $3.19 per pound.

Here's where the markets stood at the close:

US MARKETS

Dow Jones Industrial Index up 123.37 (+0.73%) to 17,100.18

S&P 500 up 20.10 (+1.03%) to 1978.22

Nasdaq Composite Index up 68.70 (+1.57%) to 4,432.15

GLOBAL SENTIMENT

FTSE 100 was up 0.17% at 6,749.45.

Nikkei 225 was down 1.01% at 15,215.71.

Hang Seng Index was down 0.28% at 23,454.79.

UPSIDE MOVERS

(+) GOOG - Despite Q2 earnings miss shares gain as revenue trumps estimates.

(+) SWKS - Shares soar on the back of better-than-expected Q3 results, guidance.

(+) SHPG - Inks pact to be acquired by AbbVie

DOWNSIDE MOVERS

(-) GE - Posts in-line Q2 results, plans IPO of Synchrony Financial.

(-) AMD - Misses Q2 earnings expectations.



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This article appears in: Investing , Commodities

Referenced Stocks: SAGE , TUBE , SUNE , TERP , SHPG

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