Taking a cue from the presidential election, stock markets bounced back after ending the previous week on a low note. Major indexes moved up consistently and the Dow Jones Industrial Average added more than 500 points since the previous close. The S&P 500 index is up 67 points since the last close.
As the final poll verdict emerges, the uptrend is continuing after the stock market witnessed the biggest gain in more than six months. Once again, the rally is led by the technology sector and the top gainers include Amazon, Apple and Microsoft.
After AMD’s high-value buyout of Xilinx and the Dunkin’-Inspire deal last week, the M&A scene slowed down, with business houses deferring major deals in the face of the virus-induced uncertainty. Meanwhile, Visa‘s planned acquisition of financial technology company Plaid hit a roadblock after the U.S government challenged the deal by filing a lawsuit.
Elsewhere, accommodation booking portal Airbnb moved closer to its long-pending stock market debut, with the management deciding to file for the $30-billion IPO next week.
It was a lean week for earnings, with only a few major companies reporting, including Alibaba Group, Electronic Arts, General Motors and PayPal. Some of the main events scheduled for next week are earnings reports from McDonald’s and Lyft — expected on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Others reporting their quarterly numbers include Tencent Music, on Tuesday, and Cisco and Walt Disney on Thursday.
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Shares of Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) were down over 1% on Monday. The stock has dropped 29% year-to-date. The food company is set to report its fourth quarter 2023 earnings
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), a leading grocery retailer that operates both in-store and online, will be reporting earnings this week. The company, which is preparing to acquire rival retailer
Salesforce, Inc. (NYSE: CRM) achieved accelerated sales growth and profitability in recent quarters, in line with its transformation goal. The customer relationship management platform bets on new opportunities in generative