Mixed close ends positive week on Wall Street

Business Traders work at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, Feb 4, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Bryan R Smith) 15 Feb 2020 06:24AM(Updated: 15 Feb 2020 06:30AM) Share this content

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NEW YORK: US stocks posted mixed results on Friday (Feb 14), capping a week that saw all indices hit records then recede before bounding back amid fears over the new coronavirus outbreak.

Wall Street has been eyeing the outbreak in China that has spread widely, infecting nearly 64,000 people and killing almost 1,400, raising fears of a sustained disruption of the global economy.

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Meanwhile, economic statistics released Friday did little to spur the markets, although key companies including Nvidia and Expedia posted solid results.

The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 25.23 points (0.09 per cent) at 29,398.08 points.

The tech-rich Nasdaq posted a gain of 19.21 points (0.20 per cent) at 9,731.18 points, while the broad-based S&P 500 also rose 6.22 points (0.18 per cent) to 3,380.16 points.

The muddled close was a contrast from Thursday, when all three indices closed in the red, and Wednesday, when all finished at record highs.

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“It’s a mixed session,” said Peter Cardilla of Spartan Capital Securities, who pointed to a Monday holiday in the United States. “No one wants to commit money before the long weekend.”

Nonetheless, the major indices made substantial gains over the week as a whole, with the Dow up one per cent, the Nasdaq growing 2.2 per cent and the S&P 500 up 1.6 per cent.

The US Commerce Department earlier in the day reported a 0.3 per cent increase in retail sales in January compared to December, as expected.

Industrial production statistics released by the Federal Reserve showed a drop of 0.3 per cent over

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