Stocks Climb Higher on Facebook's Wall of Good Feeling
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks accelerated gains late on Thursday as Facebook
The S&P 500 added 0.3% to 1,690.25 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1 to 15,555.61. The Nasdaq zipped past the other indices on a 0.7% rise to 3,605.19 as Facebook soared 30% to $34.36 after beating second-quarter earnings estimates on Wednesday, led by strength in mobile revenue.
Facebook posted its highest price since May 21, 2012, its second day of trading, as the Menlo Park, Calif.-based social network earned 19 cents a share on $1.813 billion in revenue for the quarter. Analysts were looking for 14 cents a share on $1.62 billion in revenue for the quarter. Facebook's mobile advertising revenue accounted for 41% of advertising revenue during the quarter ended June 30. Total advertising revenue was $1.6 billion, 88% of total revenue, and up 61% year-over-year.
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Signs of a strengthening U.S. economy could be found in a report that showed durable goods orders rose by a greater-than-expected 4.2% in June, after increasing by an upwardly revised 5.2% in May, according to the Census Bureau. Economists were forecasting a 1.3% rise.
Meanwhile initial jobless claims increased by 7,000 to a higher than expected 343,000 in the week ended July 20, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Economists on average were expected a gain to 340,000. However, the four-week moving average, which irons out week-to-week volatility, decreased 1,250 to 345,250.
The benchmark 10-year Treasury was rising 4/32, diluting the yield to 2.577%.
Written by Andrea Tse and Joe Deaux in New York
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