Major US stock indexes finished trading in positive territory, helped by the growth of the services sector and easing fears that recent air strikes on Syria will escalate into a wider conflict.
In addition, investors were acting out data on the United States. The Commerce Department reported that sales in retail stores rose 0.6% in March, and stopped a succession of three consecutive declines, highlighting the improved financial picture of American households and the sustainability of economic expansion. Economists had expected an increase of 0.4%. The Easter holiday, which fell on the last weekend of the month, helped attract more visitors to the stores.
Meanwhile, the results of the research published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed that the region's production index declined significantly in April, while the fall was stronger than the average forecasts of economists. According to the data, the production index fell to +15.8 points from +22.5 points in March. Previous value was not revised. It was expected that the index will be 19.80 points.
In addition, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) / Wells Fargo said that the confidence of builders in the market of newly built houses for one family in April fell by 1 point to the level of 69. The sub-index of HMI, measuring consumer traffic, remained at 51, and The indicator measuring sales expectations for the next six months fell by one point to 77, and the component measuring current sales conditions fell by two points to 75.
Most components of the DOW index finished trading in positive territory (27 out of 30). The leader of growth was UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH, + 3.02%). Outsider were shares of General Electric Company (GE, -1.41%).
All sectors of the S & P index recorded an increase. The services sector grew most (+ 1.1%).
Dow 24,574.04 +213.90 +0.88%
S&P 500 2,677.88 +21.58 +0.81%
Nasdaq 100 7,156.28 +49.64 +0.70%
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