General Electric Co (GE) gained 2.18% to $29.55 in the past six months and the tech company completed $1.65 billion purchase of Danish manufacturer LM Wind Power.
Briggs & Stratton Corp (BGG) surged 9.4% to $23.50 after the diversified machinery maker said net income in third quarter ended on April 2 jumped 33.6% to $35.82 million.
Adams Resources & Energy Inc (AE) gained 2.7% to $38.75 in five days and the crude oil and chemicals provider will report first-quarter earnings during the week of May 8.
Sky Plc (SKYAY) edged up 2.4% to $50.21 in five days and the U.K.-based media and TV broadcasting company extended its partnership with Time Warner Inc’s (TWX) HBO channel to develop and produce high-end drama programming.
Caterpillar Inc (CAT) will report first-quarter financial results before market open on Tuesday, April 25. Tomorrow the farm and construction machinary maker is paying 77 cents a share quarterly dividend.
In diversified fund portfolios, Vanguard Large-Cap Index (VLACX) gained 3.9% to $41.66 year to date.
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) fell 3.1% to $121.78 after the household and beauty products maker said sales in first quarter rose 1.6% from last year to $17.8 billion despite negative impact of currency.
Wisdom Tree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (HEDJ) paid nine cents a share quarterly dividend on March 31.
Host Hotels & Resorts Inc (HST), formerly known as Host Marriott Corp edged up 0.4% to $18.46 as the hotel REIT operator is paying 20 cents quarterly dividend on Tuesday, April 18. Yielding at 4.37% the company battered fears that higher interest rates would crush dividend stocks.
CBOE Volatility index (VIX) jumped 21.1% to $15.96 in five days in comparison to S&P 500 closing down 1.13% at 2,328.95 for the week.
In a busy week for initial public offerings, the blog herein lists the closing prices of four companies making their debuts in the U.S. market.
Financial holding company Cadence Bancorp LLC (CADE) jumped 7.8% to $21.55, gene drug maker Tocagen Inc (TOCA) surged 24.5% to $12.45, Brazil-based online sports retailer Netshoes (Cayman) Ltd (NETS) fell 9.9% to $14.50, coal mining services provider Warrior Met Coal LLC (HCC) dropped 5.3% to $18, and cloud-based features provider Yext Inc (YEXT) gained 21.9% to $13.41 on Friday.
Looking to foreign exposure, notably the U.K. prime minister signed BREXIT letter to the European Union on March 29. Therefore investing to British equities has gained traction, in particular potential success with iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) up 5.6% to $32.42 year to date.
Companies that raised dividends earlier this week include: General Dynamics Corp (GD), Mackinac Financial Corp (MFNC), Pacific Coast Oil Trust (ROYT), Raytheon Co (RTN), Silver Wheaton Corp (SLW), and U.S. Physical Therapy Inc (USPH).
Lifeway Foods Inc (LWAY) closed down 7.2% at $9.48 after the diary products retailer said fourth-quarter sales jumped 2.2% while profit grew to three cents a share from two cents a share a year ago. In full fiscal year cash inflows increased 36.4% on the repurchase of 69,197 shares and new product offers.
North Dallas Bank & Trust Co (NODB) traded flat at $75.76 after the regional banker said first-quarter net earnings jumped to $1.88 million or 73 cents a share from $1.64 million or 64 cents a share in the same period in 2016. The company is paying 17 cents a share quarterly dividend today, same as last year’s.
Sustainable global energy infrastructure spending turns index funds involved in energy storage, networks, and grid software into an effective bet, tracing longer-term views in relation to renewable sources of energy. Meanwhile currency-hedged funds are rising year to date on the belief that the U.S. dollar is going to appreciate over time in comparison to the euro.