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Markets Right Now: US stocks open slightly higher

Russell Knight | 20 January, 2018, 13:25

The S&P 500 posted 105 new 52-week highs and nine new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 171 new highs and 30 new lows.

USA stocks started on the front foot (but only just) on Friday - as the Dow Jones added around 15 points to 26,033.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.62 percent.

The Nasdaq is almost 32 points higher at 7,327.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 53.91 points, or 0.21 percent, to close at 26,071.72, the S&P 500 gained 12.27 points, or 0.44 percent, to 2,810.3 and the Nasdaq Composite added 40.33 points, or 0.55 percent, to 7,336.38.

Retailers and consumer goods companies led the gainers.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 8 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,794.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.64 percent, the highest level in more than three years.

Bannon, Mueller reach probe interview deal
A White House official and a second person familiar with Bannon's interview confirmed the details of the conversations. He never served in the White House.

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The Syrian government has also indicated that it would shoot down any Turkish planes entering its skies. It has been unable to stop Israeli airstrikes against suspected Hezbollah targets within Syria .

William Hill's (WMH) Hold Rating Reaffirmed at Numis Securities
The stock of William Hill plc (LON:WMH) has "Hold" rating given on Friday, January 22 by Canaccord Genuity. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of GBX 296.06 ($4.01).

Stock indexes are wavering between small gains and losses in early trading on Wall Street as gains for technology companies are offset by losses in energy and other sectors.

American Express sank 2.6 percent after the company suspended its share buy-back program for six months.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 1 point at 2,804.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell on Thursday as investors assessed the possibility of the government shutting down at the end of the week.

Elsewhere, Nucana PLC (NASDAQ:NCNA) rose over 61% to US$23.37 as the firm announced plans to begin a Phase 3 study of Acelarin in front-line advanced biliary tract cancer.

Global stock markets have ended 2017 on record highs, gaining $9tn (£6.7tn) in value over the year due to a strong worldwide economy, President Donald Trump's tax cuts and central banks' go-slow approach to easing financial support.

Oil's drop below $69 a barrel on a reported rise in US fuel stocks shaved 0.66 percent off the S&P energy index.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 4 points to 26,023. The Nasdaq composite edged up 3 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 7,302.

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