The U.S. stock market closed out a choppy week with a gain as
policymakers in Cyprus were in talks with EU officials to secure
a bailout for the Mediterranean island which is facing a banking
Banks have been closed since March 16 in the country as
Cypriot leaders have been haggling with creditors about the terms
of a bailout. The euro rose on the expectation that some
resolution would be reached, and investors moved money into
On the week, the S&P 500 fell 0.24 percent.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed almost 91 points, or
0.63 percent, to 14,512.
The S&P 500 added around 11 points, or 0.72 percent, to
close at 1,557.
The Nasdaq rose 22 points, or 0.70 percent, to 3,245.
Crude oil rose along with the stock market to end the week.
Near the close of equities, NYMEX crude futures were up by 1.31
percent to $93.65. Brent crude futures had lost 0.07 percent to
$107.54. At last check, natural gas futures were up around 0.20
percent to $3.94.
Precious metals fell on the day on expectations of a Cyprus
deal. COMEX gold futures had lost 0.44 percent to $1,606.50 near
the end of the day while silver was down 1.79 percent to
In the agricultural complex, corn futures shed around 1
percent on the session while wheat futures were marginally
higher. In soft commodities, coffee climbed 1 percent while
cotton futures lost 1 percent.
Near the close of equities, the iShares Barclays 20+ Year
Treasury Bond ETF (NYSE:
) was up 0.15 percent to $117.42. Treasury yields were unchanged
across the board on Friday.
Investors reacted to a strong move higher in the euro on
Friday. Overall, the U.S. dollar fell on the session. The
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish ETF (NYSE:
), which tracks the performance of the greenback versus a basket
of foreign currencies, was down 0.55 percent to $22.43.
The closely watched EUR/USD pair was last trading up 0.70
percent to $1.2983. Other significant movers included the
USD/JPY, which fell 0.71 percent on the session.
Volatility and Volume
The VIX fell slightly on the day as stocks recorded healthy
gains. The widely watched measure of market fear lost 1.36
percent to 13.80.
Volume was noticeably light on the session. Only around 85
million SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE:
) shares traded hands on the day compared to a 3-month daily
average of 130 million.
Tibco Software (NASDAQ:
) lost more than 9 percent on Friday after the company reported
disappointing first-quarter earnings results on
"execution-related" problems, according to the CEO.
) surged after its fiscal third-quarter earnings came in above
Wall Street estimates. Late in the day, the stock had risen
almost 11 percent to $59.45.
Heading into the closing bell, Halozyme Therapeutics (NASDAQ:
) was up almost 31 percent after the company, along with Baxter
) announced that the European Medicines Agency's Committee for
Medicinal Products for Human Use has granted a Positive Opinion
to Baxter for the use of HyQvia as replacement therapy for adult
patients with primary and secondary immunodeficiencies.
Anacor Pharmacetuicals (NASDAQ:
) jumped almost 26 percent after the company reported positive
results from a Phase 2 dose-ranging trial of its topical
boron-based phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor, AN2728 on
Arbor Realty Trust (NYSE:
) fell more than 7 percent on the day after the firm announced a
secondary share offering.
Micron Technology (NASDAQ:
) soared on the day despite reporting a wider fiscal
Retailer rue21 (NASDAQ:
) fell around 3 percent after the company's fiscal fourth-quarter
Global luxury jeweler Tiffany (NYSE:
) were trading around 2 percent higher heading into the close
after the company's fiscal fourth-quarter earnings topped
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