Week in Review
A look back at the week that was.
The "Four Sisters" resumed their upward move this week fueled by better than expected earnings. The DJIA reached the 13,000 milestone on Wednesday after a positive durable goods number and a beige book which gave the Street no new surprises.
Friday's lighter than expected GDP figure sent the dollar to new lows against its European counterpart. Gold found its footing after being under pressure for most of the week.
Higher oil hurt the Transports as the group was not able to confirm the latest move higher. However, the tape looks a lot cleaner with the financials beginning to shape up. Looking ahead, next week's jobs report could provide even more fuel to the bull's fire if the employment picture continues to be strong.
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The Four Sisters Performance
IBM (IBM) plans to spend $15 bln in a stock buyback plan to reduce outstanding shares by about 10% (4/25).
AT&T's (T) CEO is set to retire, and when he steps down in June he is poised to receive a healthy pension for $158.5mln (4/27).
Bush is geared to veto any legislation the Senate passes as they discuss a withdrawal date for troops and an exit strategy from (4/27).
The economy slowed as GDP growth was a sluggish 1.3% for the 1Q, the weakest rate of expansion in four years (4/27).
Durable Goods orders rose 3.4% for the month of March to $214.9bln, which exceeded Wall Street expectations (4/26).
General Electric (GE) will consider spin offs as its complex structure has lead to a "frustrating" performance vs. major indexes (4/27).
The buyout binge continues for banks as Barclays (BARC) is set to takeover ABN Amro (ABN) for a cool $87.69bln (4/24).
The addition of new products led Microsoft (MSFT) to a 65% surge in profits for the fiscal quarter (4/27).
Exxon Mobil (XOM) had its best 1Q ever as it saw a 10% jump in earnings despite a drop in revenue (4/26).
Lower costs on components lead Apple (APPL) to a 21% jump in revenue (4/26).
Texas Instruments (TI) shares rose as it offered an upbeat financial forecast expecting to correct its declining sales (4/24).
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