U.S. stock markets were on a collision course with all-time highs on Friday as they climbed for a fourth straight session. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change % I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 35063.27 +239.92 +0.69%SP500 S&P 500 4412.12 +44.64 +1.02%I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 14831.598387 +147.00 +1.00%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 173 points, or 0.5%, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.46% and 0.31%, respectively. All three of the major averages ended Thursday’s session within 0.5% of their respective record highs. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change % INTC INTEL CORP. 52.49 -3.47 -6.21%

In stocks, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told The Wall Street Journal that the global chip shortage could stretch into 2023. The shortage, which was the result of lockdowns aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 has snarled auto production and caused supply chain dislocations in other industries, including cell phones and consumer electronics. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change % AXP AMERICAN EXPRESS CO. 173.83 +2.93 +1.71%

In earnings, Dow component American Express Co. reported revenue jumped 33% from a year ago as consumer spending topped pre-pandemic levels. The credit card giant released $866 million of reserves that had been built up to protect against losses during the pandemic. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change % TWTR TWITTER, INC. 72.42 +2.83 +4.06%SNAP SNAP, INC. 78.63 +15.64 +24.83%

Twitter Inc. exceeded Wall Street estimates on both the top and bottom lines as revenue surged 74% year over year, the fastest since 2014. The number of monetizable daily active users grew 11%.

Snap Inc. beat on earnings and revenue as the number of global daily active users rose to 293 million, up almost 5% from the previous quarter. The social media company guided for revenue growth of 58% to 60% in the current quarter, down from the 116% annualized growth from last quarter. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change % GOOGL ALPHABET, INC. 2,659.27 +90.84 +3.54%AMZN AMAZON.COM, INC. 3,661.00 +22.97 +0.63%AAPL APPLE, INC. 148.40 +1.60 +1.09%FB FACEBOOK, INC. 371.74 +20.55 +5.85%MSFT MICROSOFT CORP. 289.58 +3.44 +1.20%

Big tech names including Alphabet Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are rallying ahead of next week's earnings reports. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change % BA THE BOEING CO. 222.59 +1.62 +0.73%UPS UNITED PARCEL SERVICE, INC. 211.61 -1.72 -0.81%MA MASTERCARD, INC. 393.25 +10.74 +2.81%MCD MCDONALD’S CORP. 244.05 +5.50 +2.31%

Boeing Co., Tesla Inc, United Parcel Service Inc., Mastercard Inc. and McDonald’s Corp. are among the other companies scheduled to report in the week ahead.

In commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 7 cents to $71.84 a barrel and gold slipped $3.10 to $1,802.30 an ounce. 

Overseas markets were mixed with strength in Europe and weakness in Asia.


European bourses rallied across the board with France’s CAC 40 up 1.12%, Germany’s DAX 30 advancing 0.95% and Britain’s FTSE 100 climbing 0.76%. 

In Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slid 1.45% and China’s Shanghai Composite lost 0.68%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 remained closed for holiday. 

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