US stocks gain for 3rd straight session
Friday, May 17, 2019       03:22 WIB

New York, May 16, 2019 (AFP)
Wall Street stocks sprinted higher for a third straight session on Thursday following solid economic data and good earnings from Dow members Cisco and Walmart.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.8 percent to 25,862.68, only about 80 points below the close on May 10 prior to Monday's selloff on US-China trade tensions.
The broad-based S&P 500 won 0.9 percent to 2,876.32, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index advanced one percent to 7,898.05.
The gains came after US data showed better-than-expected housing construction and a dip in US jobless claims, contributing to positive investor sentiment following more benign US statements on trade the last couple of days.
Several Dow members rallied on positive news.
Walmart gained 1.4 percent after reporting a jump in earnings following a 3.4 percent gain in US comparable store sales in the first quarter.
Cisco Systems surged 6.7 percent after reporting better-than-expected profits and offering a bullish sales and profit forecast.
Boeing jumped 2.4 percent as it announced that it has completed a software upgrade on the 737 MAX, which has been grounded following two crashes. The aerospace giant will now work with regulators to win approval to return the jets to service.
Goldman Sachs climbed 1.4 percent as it unveiled an agreement to acquire United Capital Financial Partners for $750 million, an expansion of its wealth management business.
But Tesla Motors fell 1.6 percent after the National Transportation Safety Board said its "Autopilot" software was engaged by a driver who died in a March crash in Florida.
The company also confirmed that its communications director was exiting the company, the latest example of turnover at the electric car maker.

Sumber : AFP