7 Hot Things to Know About Stocks Right Now
- Rising Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up for a third straight day, the first three-session winning steak since Feb. 26.
- Leading the Dow Thursday were DowDuPont Inc., Boeing Co. and Chevron Corp.
- With increases on Tuesday and Wednesday, the S&P 500 sported its first back-to-back gains since March 9-10.
- Goldman Sachs GS is still bullish on the M&A market.
- Rent-a-Center (RCII) pops another 3% on TheStreet's Ron Orol reporting of buyout interest from Cerberus.
- Small-cap stocks still look wildly expensive, points out TheStreet's Brian Sozzi. According to BofA research, the Russell 2000 trades at a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 19.7 times. That's down from 22.2 times during the cycle peak in November, but is still a whopping 20% premium to historical norms.
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Wall Street Overview
Stocks rose on Thursday, April 5, as worries about a full-blown trade war between the U.S. and China eased with the focus now turning to negotiations.
The U.S. and China will now follow a timeline stretching over the next half year, during which the two sides will seek to negotiate, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average
Stocks rose on Wednesday, April 4, after spending most of the day in negative territory after China said it would slap reciprocal 25% tariffs on 106 U.S. products including soybeans, cars, planes, whiskey, and chemicals. The Dow jumped 230 points, or 0.96%, to 24,264; at its session low on Wednesday the Dow fell 510 points.
Facebook Inc. (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it clear on a rare conference call with reporters Wednesday that he was taking personal responsibility for the data handling issues that have beset his company and battered its stock price in recent weeks.
Zuckerberg said the company was about "a year into a three-year push" to solving the social network's problems with data security and fake news.
The company estimated that as many as 87 million users may have had personal data accessed by Cambridge Analytica, not the 50 million that previously was reported. Zuckerberg said the number was calculated within the last few days.
Facebook shares rose 2.73% on Thursday.
The companies have dug in their heels in talks over deal price and leadership, said people familiar with the matter. CBS made an all-stock offer for Viacom that valued the company at less than its market value at the time of the offer and insisted that its executive team run the combined entity, the Journal reported.
CBS fell 1.65%, while Viacom rose 0.65%.
Spotify Technology S.A. (SPOT) fell 0.5% after analysts at Stifel initiated coverage of the stock with a buy rating and a $180 price target, implying about a 25% upside for shares from their closing price of $144.22 on Wednesday.
Monsanto Co. (MON) rose 1.5% after the seeds company posted fiscal second-quarter earnings and sales that missed analysts' expectations but said it remained "optimistic" that its merger with Bayer AG will be completed "within the second calendar quarter of 2018."