Wednesday the stock markets in New York barely moved. Investors also barely reacted in a crafty new trading session on disappointing data on US retail sales.
Dow Jones and S&P500
The Dow Jones index finally closed a fraction below the closing level of the previous day at 18060.49 points. The S&P500 also closed almost flat at 2098.48 points and the Nasdaq was up 0.1 percent to 4981.69 points.
Last month US retailers sold the same as a month earlier. Economists settled into an average increase of 0.3 percent.
Delta Air Lines
Among the companies Delta Air Lines knew to get the attention focused on him. The airline climbed 1.5 percent after it announced to buy its own shares worth $ 5 billion and to increase the quarterly dividend sharply.
Ralph Lauren and Macy’s
Fashion house Ralph Lauren returned 3 percent to fair value. The company saw first quarter profits fall. Department store chain Macy’s lost 2.5 percent. The quarterly results of the company failed to meet their expectations, due to winter weather and American ports strikes.
Danaher Industrial Group, which announced to split up into two companies, climbed 1.6 percent. Danaher also announced to take over Pall, the manufacturer of systems for the purification of water and air, for $ 13.8 billion. The share Pall climbed more than 4 percent.
On the acquisition front became known that pipeline company Williams Companies (plus 6.2) gas company takes over Williams Partners (plus 22.7 percent).
The euro closed end of day on Wall Street at 1.1343 dollars, against 1.1332 dollars at the close of European trading on Wednesday. The price of a barrel of American oil fell 1 percent to $ 60.17. A barrel of Brent oil was 0.5 percent cheaper and traded at $ 66.52.