Dow up 227 points, S&P just shy of record

New home sales hit highest level since 2006, business activity expanded at fastest pace on record

U.S. equity markets rallied Friday as investors digested strong economic data and continued to weigh the impact of President Biden’s expected proposal to hike the capital gains tax rate.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 32560.6 +316.02 +0.98%
SP500 S&P 500 4002.87 +51.30 +1.30%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 11860.109059 +184.57 +1.58%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average close higher by 227 points, or 0.67%, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite rose by 1% and 1.4%, respectively. 

The gains comes after data showed new home sales rose 21% month over month in March to their highest level since 2006 and as business activity expanded at its fastest pace on record. The major averages on Thursday suffered their steepest declines in over a month following on fears that Biden will propose raising the capital gains tax to as high as 43.4% for the wealthiest Americans. 

Despite the gains, all three of the major averages slipped for the week. 

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INTC INTEL CORP. 28.46 -0.70 -2.40%

In stocks, Intel Corp. CEO Patrick Gelsinger said the global chip shortage that has been causing supply-chain problems for products ranging from electronics to automobiles could last another two years.  

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Fellow Dow component Honeywell International Inc. raised its full-year outlook amid strong demand for its automation equipment. Both quarterly profit and sales topped analysts’ expectations. 

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AXP AMERICAN EXPRESS CO. 164.56 +5.82 +3.67%

Rounding out the Dow, American Express Co. beat on both the top and bottom line, helped by the release of $1 billion the company set aside to cover potential losses due to COVID-19. 

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SNAP SNAP INC. 11.38 +0.72 +6.75%

Snap Inc. reported daily active users jumped 22% last quarter to 280 million, exceeding Wall Street estimates. The social-media company forecast a loss of up to $20 million in the current quarter, but also said it could break even.  

Elsewhere, McDonald's announced plans to hire 8,000 workers in Tennessee. 

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MCD MCDONALD'S CORP. 270.21 -0.53 -0.20%

In commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil added 70 cents to $62.13 per barrel and gold fell $10 to $1,772 an ounce.


Overseas markets were mixed. 

Germany's DAX 30 paced the decline in Europe, trading down 0.46%, while Britain's lost 0.16% and France’s CAC 40 was weaker by 0.23%.

In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 dropped 0.57% while China’s Shanghai Composite index and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index climbed 0.26% and 1.12%, respectively.