Here Are 3 Hot Things to Know About Stocks Right Now

  • The S&P 500 (^GSPC)   finished with a slight gain on Friday, closing higher for the fifth straight session.
  • U.S. retail sales in August rose 0.1%, the weakest increase in six months.
  • Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE) - Get Report   rose 2.8% after posting fiscal third-quarter earnings that topped analysts' forecasts.

Wall Street Overview

Stocks ended flat on Friday, Sept. 14, following a Bloomberg report that said Donald Trump wants to move ahead with $200 billion of tariffs on China despite news the countries were looking to re-start trade talks.

The report said an announcement on the new tariffs was being delayed as the Trump administration considered revisions based on concerns raised in public comments, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Trump could be running low on products he can target without backlash from major U.S. companies and consumers, two of the people said.

Equities had gotten a lift earlier in Friday's session after China said it received an invitation from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to re-start talks, and noted that the two sides were working out details as to how and when the new meetings would take place.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI)  rose 8 points, or 0.03%, to 26,154, the S&P 500 (^GSPC)  gained 0.03% but the Nasdaq (^IXIC)   slipped 0.05%. For the week, the Dow rose 0.9%, the S&P 500 rose 1.2% and the Nasdaq gained 1.3%.

Retail sales in the U.S. rose 0.1% in August, below economists' estimates that called for a 0.3% increase. The sales gain was the weakest in six months.

Consumer sentiment in September rose 100.8 in September, up from 96.2 in August. The level marked the second highest of the year. Inc. (AMZN) - Get Report  shares fell 1.1% Friday after founder Jeff Bezos pushed back on concerns that the giant e-commerce company should be broken up.

"It is really important that politicians and others understand the value that big companies bring in and not demonize them," Bezos said at an event in Washington on Thursday. "They shouldn't vilify big companies. The reason is simple -- there are certain things only big customers can do. I know what Amazon could do when we were 10 people; know what we could do when we were 1,000 and 10,000, now we are half a million."

Bezos also said Amazon would choose the location of its second headquarters before the end of the year.

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Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE) - Get Report  rose 2.8% on Friday after the maker of design and publishing software posted fiscal third-quarter earnings that topped analysts' forecasts.

Adjusted profit in the quarter was $1.73 a share, beating estimates by 4 cents. Revenue rose to $2.29 billion from $1.84 billion a year earlier and topped estimates of $2.25 billion.

The company said it expects fiscal fourth-quarter revenue of $2.42 billion, in line with analysts' estimates, and adjusted earnings of $1.87 a share, 1 cent ahead of expectations.

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Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD)  rose 2.5% after the struggling owner of the Sears and Kmart brands posted posted same-store sales gains in July and August.

Second-quarter losses at the retailer, however, were huge -- $508 million -- and sales fell to $3.2 billion from $4.3 billion a year earlier because of store closures.

Cannabis stock Tilray Inc. (TLRY) - Get Report tumbled 9% after a Politico report said Canadians who work in the marijuana industry - and those who invest in the pot sector - risk a lifetime ban on travel to the U.S., according to a senior official overseeing U.S border operations.

Dave & Buster's Entertainment Inc. (PLAY) - Get Report posted fiscal second-quarter earnings of 84 cents a share, beating analysts' estimates of 67 cents. Same-store sales in the quarter fell 2.4%. The company also raised revenue guidance for the fiscal year. The stock rose 7.9%.

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