Wall St. ekes out marginal gains, dragged by a 6 per cent drop in Nike Inc



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Wall St. ekes out marginal gains, dragged by a 6 per cent drop in Nike Inc

On Friday, a swathe of key indices of Wall Street but Nasdaq had rounded off the day in the black, extending their latest leg of herculean rallies into a third straight session in a row, nonetheless, a dismal sales forecast from Nike Inc had taken off a larger bite in financial and energy shares.

In point of fact, in the day’s Wall St. was largely galvanized by the gains in economically sensitive energy, financials and industrials that seemingly had eclipsed the losses of sportswear maker Nike Inc that was plunged as much as 6.2 per cent and had been the largest drag in Dow alongside S&P 500.

Apart from Nike Inc., shares’ prices of footwear manufacturer Foot Locker had shrugged off 7.2 per cent. China’s Evergrande, in tandem, again had taken the shine off value stocks as a potential default looming over the cash-strapped Chinese real-estate giant had been stoking frets of a wide-spread ripple effect across financial systems all over the globe.

Nonetheless, S&P 500 had reported a third straight weekly percentage gain.

Wall St. posts marginal gains

Citing statistics, in the day’s Wall Street round-off, trade-sensitive Dow added 0.10 per cent to 34,798.00 and benchmark S&P 500 rose 0.15 per cent to 4,455.48, while tech-heavy Nasdaq edged 0.03 per cent lower to wind up the day at 15,470.70.

Meanwhile, referring to raft of rancors to worry about Evergrande’s cash-crunch, a partner a Cherry Lane Investments, a family investment office New Venom, New Jersey, Rick Meckler, said, “The last few days have shown a pronounced trend toward recovery in the market and back toward the highs.

There's plenty of things to worry about, but bottom line, short-term rates make putting your money in cash unattractive, and bonds seem riskier at these levels than stocks do to many investors”.