NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Home Depot (HD), Microsoft (MSFT), McDonald's (MCD) and United Technologies (UTX) were winners among Dow Jones Industrial Average components last week, while aluminum giant Alcoa (AA), The Travelers Company (TRV) and Walt Disney (DIS) closed in the red.
For the week ended June 17, the Dow ended up 43 points at 12,004, halting its six-week losing streak.
Among the advancers, Home Depot gained 3.2% last week on better-than-expected jobs and homebuilding data. Jobless claims fell by 16,000 to 414,000 last week, a greater decline than economists had forecast.
McDonald's and Kraft Foods (KFT) were prominent gainers, rising 2.7% and 2%, respectively.Microsoft gained 2.3% as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has cleared the purchase of Internet service player Skype. Earlier in May, Microsoft made a bid to acquire Skype for a total of $8.5 billion. United Technologies surged 2.3% last week. Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies, signed an agreement with Airbus to provide system support for the A320 family of planes, including the A320 neo model, a project worth $3 billion. The company's Otis Elevator unit secured a contract from Empire State Building Company to fully refurbish and modernize the building's 68 elevators. The elevator upgrade is the final component of the $550 million dollar Empire State ReBuilding renovation and modernization program. Boeing (BA) rose 2% after it secured an order for six 777-300 airplanes from Qatar Airways in a $1.7 billion deal. The company sounded bullish about the prospects for the airplane industry at the international 2011 Paris Air Show and projects a $4 trillion market for 33,500 new airplanes and freighters over the next 20 years. Other winners included American Express Company (AXP), AT&T (T) and 3M (MMM), each of which was up more than 1%. Alcoa was the biggest loser last week, falling 3.7%. The Travelers Company declined 2.2%. The company estimates bad weather cost it between $1 billion to $1.05 billion during the months of April and May. Several catastrophes including tornadoes and hailstorms added to the costs. Walt Disney and Bank of America (BAC) shed 1.2% and 1.1%, respectively. Technology major Cisco (CSCO) erased 1% last week after an analyst downgrade. RBC downgraded Cisco to underperform and reduced the stock's price target to $14 from $22. Energy major Exxon Mobil (XOM) lost 1% value on confirmation of Securities and Exchange Commission inquiries over probable payments related to Libya's Sovereign Fund. Weaker crude oil prices also didn't help.
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