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.