Dow, S&P 500 rise after bumpy week

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BALANCING ACT: Facebook gained 2% and Tesla rose 2.7%, lifting the two indices and outweighing the 6.3% decline Nike posted after it reduced its full-year sales estimate

The Dow and S&P 500 on Friday edged higher and ended a turbulent week with slight increases, helped by gains in Tesla Inc and Facebook Inc that offset a tumble by Nike Inc.

Athletic wear company Nike’s shares fell 6.3 percent and were the biggest drag on the Dow and the S&P 500 after it delivered a downbeat sales forecast and warned of delays during the holiday shopping season, blaming a supply chain crunch.

Shares of footwear retailer Foot Locker Retail Inc also fell sharply.

On the flip side, Facebook climbed 2 percent and Tesla rose 2.7 percent.

The S&P communication services sector climbed 0.7 percent and was the second-biggest sector gainer of the day after energy, up 0.8 percent.

Stocks bounced back from a sharp sell-off at the start of the week tied in part to concerns over a default by China Evergrande Group (恆大集團) and its potential risk to global financial markets.

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On Friday, Evergrande’s electric vehicle unit said that it faced an uncertain future unless it got a swift injection of cash, the clearest sign yet that the property developer’s liquidity crisis is worsening in other parts of its business.

“You’ve had a good recovery from the lows” this week, said Rick Meckler, a partner at Cherry Lane Investments in New Vernon, New Jersey.

“With rates this low — even if they are going to move up slowly — and with the fiscal stimulus you’ll probably see coming, I think investors still prefer stocks to any other asset class. Stocks remain in a weird way what investors see as the safe place,” Meckler said.

On Wednesday, the US Federal Reserve said it would reduce its monthly bond purchases “soon” and half of the Fed’s policymakers projected that borrowing costs would need to rise next year.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 33.18 points, or 0.1 percent, to 34,798, the S&P 500 gained 6.5 points, or 0.15 percent, to 4,455.48 and the NASDAQ Composite dropped 4.54 points, or 0.03 percent, to 15,047.7.

For the week, the Dow was up 0.62 percent, the S&P 500 gained 0.51 percent and the NASDAQ gained 0.02 percent.

Shares of cryptocurrency-related firms Coinbase Global Inc, MicroStrategy Inc, Riot Blockchain Inc and Marathon Patent Group fell after China’s central bank put a ban on crypto trading and mining.

“It’s been a very volatile week to say the least, so I think going into the last week of September the volatility is likely to continue, especially with the end-of-the-quarter window dressing,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities LLC in New York.

Investors are also looking for signs of progress on US President Joe Biden’s spending and budget bills.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.50-to-1 ratio; on the NASDAQ, a 1.40-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

The S&P 500 posted 21 new 52-week highs and six new lows, while the NASDAQ Composite recorded 82 new highs and 73 new lows.

Volume on US exchanges was 9.00 billion shares, compared with the 10.11 billion average for the full session over the past 20 trading days.

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