Brocker.Org: Wall Street slips on weak GDP, ends April with gains

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Weighed by the dismal GDP growth rate in the United States, the major stock indexes of Wall Street closed the day on a negative note on Friday but recorded substantial weekly gains as the big corporations reported strong earnings throughout the week.

The U.S. economy recorded an annual 0.7% growth in the first quarter of 2017 on weak consumer spending, business investing and higher imports. This number marked the slowest growth rate of the past three years. Other data showed that the final reading of the UoM consumer confidence eased to 97 from 98. On the bright side, commenting on the UoM report, Richard Curtin, Surveys of Consumers chief economist, underlined that the level of optimism among Independents was pointing toward continued growth in consumer spending in 2017 at about a 2.5% pace.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 40.82 points, or 0.19 %, to 20,940.51, the S&P 500 fell 5.75 points, or 0.24%, to 2,384.19 and the Nasdaq Composite lost 1.33 points, or 0.02%, to 6,047.61.

On a weekly basis, the Dow gained 1.9%, while the S&P rose 1.5% and the Nasdaq added 2.3%, including a record close on Wednesday. For the month of April, the Dow was up 1.3%, the S&P rose 0.9%, and the Nasdaq gained 2.3%.

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