By Dow Jones Business News,
July 18, 2014, 04:08:00 PM EDT
By Anora Mahmudova and Carla Mozee, MarketWatch
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. stock market finished the volatile week with modest gains, helped by a bounce on
the main benchmarks Friday.
Broad-based gains on the S&P 500 were led by technology and healthcare sector stocks, particularly biotechnology
Investors focused on earnings reports from companies such as Google, Inc and Huntington Bancshares and brushed aside
implications of a Malaysia Airlines jet crash in Ukraine and Israel's invasion of Gaza, which triggered a selloff on
The S&P 500 (SPX) rose 20.1 points, or 1%, to 1,978.22. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) added 123.37 points, or
0.7%, to 17,100.18.
The Nasdaq Composite (RIXF) jumped 68.70 points, or 1.6%, to 4,432.15, as biotech and Internet stocks rallied sharply,
after steep drops the day before. The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF rose 3%, while the Global X Social Media Index
ETF rose 1.8%.
Equities on Thursday were rattled by news that 298 passengers were killed in a Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern
Ukraine, where fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops has been going on for months.
U.S. intelligence officials said the jet was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. Follow developments on Flight MH17
Meanwhile, Israel launched an open-ended ground invasion of Gaza aimed at crushing Hamas militants after 10 days of
"Geo-political headlines dampen consumer sentiment, but this market has been remarkably resilient," said Terry
Sandven, chief equity strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. "Ultimately, this is an earnings-driven market and
earnings so far have been encouraging, especially among large banks."
Investors had a muted reaction to a weaker-than-expected consumer sentiment report. Separately, the Conference Board's
June leading-economic index rose in June, a sign that the economy could strengthen in the second half of the year.
Google rallies after earnings; AMD tumbles
Shares of General Electric ( GE ) closed 0.6% lower after the industrial conglomerate's second-quarter earnings met Wall
Street's projection. GE also said it's targeting the IPO of its Synchrony Financial business for the end of July.
Huntington Bancshares Inc.(HBAN) climbed 4.8% after the regional bank's second-quarter profit rose 9%.
Google ( GOOG ) shares rallied 3.7%, after the Internet company late Thursday posted second-quarter revenue that beat
Wall Street's expectation.
Shares of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. ( AMD ) tumbled 16% after the chip maker's second-quarter adjusted earnings missed
analysts' projections. For more on today's notable movers, read our regular Movers and Shakers column.
In Asia, Japan's Nikkei Average fell 1% as investors sought the perceived safety of the Japanese yen. But the U.S.
dollar (USDJPY) eventually pared its losses against the yen. European stocks slid on the geopolitical tensions, and
Russia's MICEX dropped 1.3%.
In the commodities market, the safe-haven benefits for gold(GCQ4) faded on Friday, with the precious metal dropping in
electronic trading, as a lack of physical follow-through made that upward move unsustainable, according to analysts.
Crude-oil futures(CLQ4) settled marginally lower Friday.
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