|I:DJI||DOW JONES AVERAGES||36404.93||+157.06||+0.43%|
|I:COMP||NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX||14432.486434||+28.51||+0.20%|
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 10 points, or 0.03%, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.19% and 0.59%, respectively. The gains ran the both the Dow and the S&P to within 1.3% of their respective record peaks at Tuesday's close. The Nasdaq was 2.9% below its all-time high.
In stocks, Amazon's media deal, which will add more than 4,000 movie titles and 17,000 shows to its portfolio, is in focus. Titles that will enter the Amazon catalog, so long as the deal is approved by regulators, include the "James Bond" and "Rocky" franchises and "The Handmaid's Tale" TV series. Other streaming rivals including Disney, Netflix and Discovery are attracting investor attention.
Separately, Amazon announced CEO Jeff Bezos will step aside on July 5, ceding control to cloud-computing chief Andy Jassy. Bezos will remain at Amazon, serving as executive chairman.
|DIS||THE WALT DISNEY CO.||92.20||-0.62||-0.67%|
In other deal news, Vista Outdoor Inc. has agreed to buy hunting athletic-wear brand Venor and electric-bike company QuietKat. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
|VSTO||VISTA OUTDOOR INC.||26.85||-0.17||-0.63%|
In autos, Ford jumped after announcing plans to have 40% of its vehicles electric by 2030. Additionally, CEO Jim Farley told FOX Business sales of new F-150 Lightning have topped 70,000.
|F||FORD MOTOR CO.||11.07||+0.06||+0.50%|
Elsewhere, ExxonMobil Corp.'s board of directors was shaken up after activist investor Engine No. 1 won at least two board seats. The change will force the oil giant to address growing shareholder concerns over how the company is combating climate change.
|XOM||EXXON MOBIL CORP.||99.62||+0.08||+0.08%|
Cryptocurrency-linked names were higher as bitcoin flirted with the $40,000 level after trading below $32,000 earlier in the week.
|COIN||COINBASE GLOBAL INC.||138.02||-8.60||-5.87%|
|BITQ||EXCHANGE TRADED CONCEPTS TRUST BITWISE CRYPTO INNOVATORS E||9.22||-0.96||-9.43%|
And more social media chatter boosted the so-called meme stocks including AMC and GameStop.
In travel, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. was cleared to conduct test cruises with volunteer passengers beginning in June. The cruise line said all passengers must be fully vaccinated 14 days before setting sail.
|RCL||ROYAL CARIBBEAN GROUP||120.41||-0.06||-0.05%|
In earnings, department store Nordstrom Inc. reported a wider than expected quarterly loss and reaffirmed its full-year outlook, disappointing analysts who had seen other companies in the retail space hike their forecasts in recent days.
|DKS||DICK'S SPORTING GOODS INC.||138.91||+0.82||+0.59%|
|CPRI||CAPRI HOLDINGS LTD.||48.54||+0.10||+0.21%|
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. reported same-store sales soared 115% year over year, facing easy comparisons as the retailer closed its locations in mid-March due to COVID-19. The sporting goods retailer hiked its full-year guidance.
Capri Holdings Ltd., the parent company of Michael Kors, reported strong quarterly results and guided above Wall Street estimates on hopes demand pickups up as the reopening of the economy gathers momentum.
In commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil rose 14 cents to $6.21 per barrel and gold jumped $3.20 to $1,901.30 per ounce.
Overseas markets were mixed.
In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.04% while Germany’s DAX 30 slipped 0.09% and France's CAC 40 ticked up 0.02%.
Asian bourses rallied across the board with Japan’s Nikkei 225 advancing 0.31%, China’s Shanghai Composite climbing 0.34% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rising 0.88%.