Closing Bell: Raymond James Backs Costco After Amazon-Whole Foods Deal; Stocks Mixed

Wall Street kicked off the final week of the first half of the year with a mixed end.
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Wall Street kicked off the final week of the first half of the year with a mixed end. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 were higher, while the Nasdaq ended lower. It was the Dow's first green day in five sessions. Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) - Get Report cost moved higher after Raymond James upgraded its rating to outperform from market perform. The firm said Costco is oversold in the aftermath of Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) - Get Report announcing its plans to buy Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM) . Rite Aid Corp. (RAD) - Get Report spiked after mergers-and-acquisitions site CFTN reported that approval of its deal with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) - Get Report appeared likely. A vote on the deal from antitrust regulators is expected this week. Hertz (HTZ) - Get Report rallied on reports of a deal with Apple Inc. (AAPL) - Get Report involving its self-driving tech. Competitor Avis Budget Group (CAR) - Get Report had rocketed higher after reaching a deal with Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) - Get Report self-driving car branch Waymo earlier in the day.