The final day of the holiday-shortened trading week was a directionless one for Wall Street. With the major U.S. equity indexes either at or near record highs in recent days, today’s trading session saw some early selective profit taking, though the selling was always well contained, and left the door open for a partial late-day rally, which took place in the final hour. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the NASDAQ, and the broader S&P 500 Index, which were all lower for most of the session, were able to rally into positive territory, albeit just modestly.
Shares of The Home Depot (HD) were little changed after the world's largest home-improvement retailer announced fiscal fourth-quarter (ended January 29th) results, updated its outlook, and increased its shareholder return initiatives.
Wal-Mart (WMT) announces better-than-anticipated fiscal fourth-quarter sales and earnings, sending shares modestly higher.