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The blue-chip averaged ended the week just slightly higher, halting a two-week losing streak as traders analyzed a slew of corporate earnings.
According to preliminary calculations, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 38.6 points, or 0.24%, to 16455, the S&P 500 declined 7.3 points, or 0.39%, to 1839 and the Nasdaq Composite slumped 21.1 points, or 0.5%, to 4198.
For the week, the Dow rose 0.11%, the S&P 500 fell 0.21% and the Nasdaq advanced 0.55%.
Earnings season is in full swing. United Parcel Service (UPS) sliced its adjusted full-year 2013 earnings outlook to $4.57 a share, from a previous estimate of $4.65 to $4.85 a share. Wall Street was looking for profits of $4.75.
General Electric (GE), the blue-chip conglomerate, revealed quarterly profits that matched expectations and revenues that exceeded views. Investment bank Morgan Stanley (MS) posted better-than-expected profits.
On the economic front, The Commerce Department reports housing starts fell 9.8% in December to an annual rate of 999,000 units slightly beating the Street’s expectation of 990,000. Meanwhile, permits to build new homes fell 3% to an annual rate of 986,000 units, missing estimates of 1.02 million.
Growth in the housing market has been cooling slightly in recent months as interest rates have risen.
A reading on consumer sentiment from Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan fell to 80.4 in January from 82.5 the month prior. The Street was looking for a reading of 83.5.
In commodities, U.S. crude oil futures climbed 82 cents, or 0.87%, to $94.78 a barrel. Wholesale New York Habor gasoline jumped 0.89% to $2.618 a gallon. Gold advanced $2.30, or 0.89%, to $1,243 a troy ounce.