Stocks Rise, Microsoft at All-Time High on Earnings Beat

Stocks Rise, Microsoft at All-Time High on Earnings Beat

July 19,2019 11:57 am EST

Stocks rose on Friday as Wall Street cheered a strong quarterly report from Microsoft sent the stock to an all-time high

The Dow Jones Industrial Average remained buoyant 31.36 points to 27,254.33,

The S&P 500 shed 2.87 points to 2,992.24

The NASDAQ Composite skidded 9.48 points to 8,197.76

Microsoft shares rose 1.7% after the company dubbed “Mr. Softee” posted quarterly earnings and revenue that topped analyst expectations. The company''s results were driven by a 39% year-over-year surge in cloud revenue.

American Express, another Dow component, also reported better-than-expected earnings. However, the company''s stock slipped 2%.

More than 15% of S&P 500 companies have reported earnings thus far. Of those companies, 79% have posted a better-than-expected profit

Stocks eked out small gains in the previous session after New York Federal Reserve President John Williams said the central bank needed to "act quickly" when the economy was slowing and rates were low, adding in a speech that it is "better to take preventative measures than wait for disaster to unfold."

However, a spokesperson for the New York Fed moved to cool the speculation arising from Williams'' comments, telling the media that he was drawing from academic research, not hinting at potential policy actions at the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

Prices for the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury lost ground, boosting yields to 2.04% from Thursday''s 2.03%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices settled 21 cents at $55.09 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices moved forward by a dollar to $1,429.10 U.S. an ounce.

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