Wall Street mixed on day; up on week, quarter

| September 29, 2006 | 0 Comments

Wall Street was mixed at midday on Friday after strong gains early in the week. Mid-session found the Dow Jones Industrial Average even for the day but 1.9 percent higher on the week at 11,723.10. The Nasdaq Composite was 0.1 percent higher on the day and 2.4 percent higher for the week at 2,272.52, while the S&P 500 was essentially flat on the day, down by only 0.4 points, but 1.8 percent higher on the week to 1,338.74.

With Friday’s session marking the end of the quarter, the Dow was up 5.1 percent for the third quarter and 9.4 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Nasdaq saw a quarterly gain of 4.6 percent but was only 3 percent higher for the year to date, and the S&P added 5.4 percent over the quarter and 7.2 percent so far this year.

The semiconductors sector was mixed on the week, with big gains and big losses. Intel was 9.2 percent higher on the week to $20.82 after a court victor over Advanced Micro Devices and the announcement that it will start shipping microprocessors with four cores in November. Broadcom added 9.8 percent to $30.57 even though it is in the middle of a patent dispute with Qualcomm. On the other hand, PMC-Sierra dropped 6.6 percent to $6.04 on weak demand that spurred a decreased revenues forecast.

Among internet companies, Ebay was 9.9 percent higher to $28.69 on rumors that Microsoft was set to purchase the online auction site and on an increased third-quarter revenues estimate from Goldman Sachs.

General Motors was 8.6 percent higher this week to $33.24 on speculation that Kirk Kerkorian’s investment group might add to its 10 percent stake in the carmaker and on talks between GM, Nissan and Renault concerning possible cooperation.

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