Midway through trading Friday, the Dow traded up 0.76 percent to 24,600.23 while the NASDAQ climbed 1.23 percent to 7,533.59. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.91 percent to 2,729.96.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
On Friday, the information technology shares surged 1.55 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Zuora, Inc. ZUO 19.03%, up 16 percent, and The Meet Group, Inc. MEET 9.59% up 9 percent.
In trading on Friday, utilities shares fell 1.63 percent.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. ANF 8.72% posted stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter.
Abercrombie & Fitch posted adjusted loss of $0.56 per share on revenue of $730.899 million. However, analysts were expecting a loss of $0.77 per share on revenue of $696.18 million. Its same-store growth rose 5 percent during the quarter.
Equities Trading UP
Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited CLWT 23.38% shares shot up 35 percent to $5.20 after the company declared a $0.70 per share special dividend.
Shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc. LULU 16.32% got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $121.6812 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter. The company also raised its FY18 earnings and sales guidance.
Co-Diagnostics, Inc. CODX 65.17% shares were also up, gaining 73 percent to $5.0199. Co-Diagnostics reported its participation in a research project with the Stanford University.
Equities Trading DOWN
Kitov Pharma Ltd KTOV 14.85% shares dropped 14 percent to $2.6000. Kitov Pharma priced its 3.26 million ADS offering at $2.50 per ADS.
Shares of Ambow Education Holding Ltd. NASDAQAMBO were down 25 percent to $4.26.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. ANF 8.72% was down, falling around 8 percent to $21.96. Abercrombie & Fitch posted upbeat Q1 results.
In commodity news, oil traded down 0.63 percent to $66.62 while gold traded down 0.42 percent to $1,299.20.
Silver traded up 0.08 percent Friday to $16.47, while copper rose 0.73 to $3.0875.
European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 climbed 1.23 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 1.86 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index jumped 1.67 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX climbed 1.25 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 1.53 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.44 percent.
The U.S. economy added 223,000 new jobs in May, while unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent from 3.9 percent. Economists were expecting a gain of 189.000 jobs in May.
The Markit manufacturing PMI fell to 56.40 for May, versus prior reading of 56.60. Economists projected a reading of 56.60.
U.S. construction spending rose 1.8 percent for April, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.9 percent gain.
The ISM manufacturing index gained to 58.70 for May, versus previous reading of 57.30. Economists expected a reading of 58.20.
The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week will be released at 1:00 p.m. ET.