Facebook shares sink as U.S. stocks add to records

Mae Love
January 13, 2018

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed almost one percent, adding 205.6 to a close of 25,574.73. The S&P 500 gained 12 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,778. The company also said, however, that it would close dozens of Sam's Club locations in the coming months. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 6.13 points, or 0.08 percent, to 7,205.65. The reporting season kicks off in earnest on Friday, with results from the big USA banks JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) and Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N).

Earnings for S&P 500 companies are expected to have increased by 11.8 percent in the recently-ended quarter, with the biggest gain from the energy sector, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Oil-linked shares with big gains included Dow member Chevron, up 3.1 percent, Apache, up 4.7 percent and Schlumberger, up 1.9 percent.

Wells Fargo fell 0.7 percent as the bank set aside more money in fourth quarter to cover expenses related to probes into its mortgage and sales practices.

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"I don't think you would've seen a big pop in bank stocks, no one's surprised by these numbers", said Ron Weiner president and founder of RDM financial in Westport Connecticut.

S&P 500 profits are expected to have risen 11.2 percent in the fourth quarter of a year ago.

Industrial companies that advanced included Dow members Caterpillar and Boeing which won 2.0 and 2.4 percent and Cummins, which advanced 1.9 percent.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 3.40-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 3.18-to-1 ratio favoured advancers. The bank's shares rose 1.7 per cent.

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