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© Reuters U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.47%

Investing.com – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology, Oil & Gas and Consumer Services sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.47%, while the S&P 500 index added 2.39%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 3.82%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), which rose 4.74% or 5.11 points to trade at 113.01 at the close. Meanwhile, Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) added 4.05% or 6.49 points to end at 166.91 and American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) was up 3.58% or 5.48 points to 158.75 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), which fell 0.57% or 1.02 points to trade at 176.85 at the close. Amgen Inc (NASDAQ:AMGN) declined 0.54% or 1.32 points to end at 243.40 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) was down 0.46% or 0.42 points to 90.41.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Las Vegas Sands Corp (NYSE:LVS) which rose 15.06% to 34.68, Wynn Resorts Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN) which was up 13.17% to settle at 66.27 and Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ:ENPH) which gained 11.96% to close at 157.79.

The worst performers were Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) which was down 9.67% to 40.72 in late trade, DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE:DVA) which lost 2.91% to settle at 100.05 and WestRock Co (NYSE:WRK) which was down 2.63% to 46.21 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were ShiftPixy Inc (NASDAQ:PIXY) which rose 154.87% to 0.51, Polarityte Inc (NASDAQ:PTE) which was up 44.51% to settle at 0.21 and Veru Inc (NASDAQ:VERU) which gained 43.96% to close at 13.00.

The worst performers were LiqTech International Inc (NASDAQ:LIQT) which was down 45.36% to 0.50 in late trade, Brilliant Earth Group Inc (NASDAQ:BRLT) which lost 33.63% to settle at 4.48 and Tenon Medical Inc (NASDAQ:TNON) which was down 26.41% to 6.52 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2595 to 638 and 85 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2979 rose and 952 declined, while 150 ended unchanged.

Shares in LiqTech International Inc (NASDAQ:LIQT) fell to 3-years lows; losing 45.36% or 0.41 to 0.50. Shares in Brilliant Earth Group Inc (NASDAQ:BRLT) fell to all time lows; falling 33.63% or 2.27 to 4.48. Shares in Tenon Medical Inc (NASDAQ:TNON) fell to all time lows; down 26.41% or 2.34 to 6.52.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 9.13% to 28.87.

Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.83% or 15.13 to $1,809.47 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 4.09% or 4.34 to hit $110.47 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 3.87% or 4.16 to trade at $111.61 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.23% to 1.04, while USD/JPY rose 0.79% to 129.34.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.27% at 104.62.

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Abbott, FDA enter deal over reopening of baby formula facility in Michigan

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Abbott Laboratories logo is displayed on a screen at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., October 18, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

(Reuters) -Abbott Laboratories said on Monday it had struck a deal with the U.S. health regulator under which it would resume production of baby formula at its troubled Michigan plant in two weeks, following certain clearances.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration began looking into the facility after complaints about bacterial infections in infants who had consumed the products.

Abbott, the biggest U.S. supplier of milk formula, in February recalled Similac and other baby formula made at the Michigan facility.

The company, which shutdown production at the plant in February, said last week it could restart production of infant formula at its Michigan facility within two weeks, subject to approval from the FDA.

“This is a major step toward re-opening our Sturgis facility so we can ease the nationwide formula shortage. We look forward to working with the FDA to quickly and safely re-open the facility,” Chief Executive Officer Robert Ford said on Monday.

Abbott said it has been working on corrective actions since the FDA inspection and submitted a response and corrective action plan to the regulator on April 8.

The company reiterated that once the FDA confirms the initial requirements for start-up have been met, the site could be restarted within two weeks.

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Take-Two Shares Gain 3% Following Q4 Earnings Beat

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© Reuters. Take-Two Shares Gain 3% Following Q4 Earnings Beat

Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ:TTWO) shares were trading around 3% higher after-hours following fourth-quarter results, with EPS of $1.09 coming in better than the consensus estimate of $1.05.

Total Net Bookings increased 8% year-over-year to $845.8 million, missing the consensus estimate of $883.62 million, with the largest contributors being NBA 2K22, Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, WWE 2K22, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online, Top Eleven, Two Dots, and Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.

The company provided its full 2023-year outlook, expecting EPS in the range of $4.20-$4.45, compared to the consensus of $5.99, and net bookings in the range of $3.75-3.85 billion, compared to the consensus of $4.01 billion.

Shares of Take-Two were down 38% year-to-date into the results.

By Davit Kirakosyan

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Retail Sales, Walmart Earnings, Home Depot: 3 Things to Watch

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By Liz Moyer

Investing.com — Stocks wobbled on Monday ahead of a key economic data report and amid worries about a looming recession despite the Federal Reserve’s efforts to tame inflation.

Retail sales come out Tuesday morning, and analysts will be looking for signs that spending picked up not just because prices are moving higher. Spending, which makes up two-thirds of economic output, is a key measure of the health of the economy just as the Fed moves to raise interest rates. It is widely expected to continue to raise its benchmark rate by half-point increments at the next two meetings.

In addition to retail sales numbers for April, investors will start to see quarterly earnings from the retail sector, beginning Tuesday with Walmart and Home Depot . Target (NYSE:TGT) follows later this week and the department stores after that.

Consumers have faced rising prices of food and fuel, and the worry is that at some point it will discourage them from spending and spark a slowdown. Already there have been signs that consumers are making tradeoffs between spending on household goods and spending on services such as dining out and travel.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is in Europe this week for the Group of Seven meetings that began Wednesday, but already she has promised to release an action plan on global food supplies. Food prices have spiked since Russia invaded Ukraine, and wheat spiked 6% on Monday to its highest level in two months. Finance ministers worry that a prolonged conflict in Ukraine, which is breadbasket to much of the world, will make food insecurity even worse, especially in developing markets. Adding to the stress, India said it wouldn’t export wheat, amid rising prices there and hot weather.

Here are three things that could affect markets tomorrow:

1. Retail sales

The April report on retail sales will get a lot of attention when it comes out at 8:30 AM ET on Tuesday. Analysts tracked by Investing.com expect the month over month number to gain by 0.9%.

2. Walmart earnings

Giant discount retailer Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) leads off earnings reports for the sector, with analysts looking for EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $138.8 billion.

3. Home Depot earnings

The home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) is expected to report EPS of $3.68 on revenue of $36.6 billion. Home Depot and its competitors are also proxies for the health of the home construction market. 

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