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May 16, 2018

Stocks rise, Macy's shares jump on earnings - May 16, 2018.. U.S. Markets | CNBC

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Stocks rise, Macy's shares jump on earnings

Fred Imbert, Sam Meredith

Stocks rose on Wednesday as retail shares jumped on the back of strong quarterly earnings from retailer Macy's.
The Dow Jones industrial average traded 44 points higher, with Nike as the best-performing stock in the index. The S&P 500 gained 0.3 percent as the consumer discretionary sector climbed 0.6 percent. The Nasdaq composite also advanced 0.3 percent.
Macy's shares rallied 6.4 percent on stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings. The company's same-store sales, a key metric for retailers, rose 4.2 percent last quarter versus an estimate of 1.4 percent.
Trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE) as the Dow Jones Industrial Average crosses 24,000, in New York, U.S., November 30, 2017. Brendan McDermid | Reuters
Trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE) as the Dow Jones Industrial Average crosses 24,000, in New York, U.S., November 30, 2017.
The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) jumped 1.6 percent on Macy's move, and was on pace for its best day since April 10.
The major averages looked to rebound from losses seen in the previous session. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq dropped 0.7 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively, on Tuesday, while the Dow snapped an eight-day winning streak.
Pressuring equities on Tuesday was a surge in interest rates. The benchmark 10-year note yield hit 3.095 percent on Tuesday, its highest level since 2011, while the two-year note yield traded around levels not seen in a decade.
Tom Essaye, founder of The Sevens Report, said in a note that the rise in yields coupled with a surging dollar caused "causing a natural digestion given the near-6% straight-line rally in stocks over the past two weeks."
The major indexes are up sharply this month, with the S&P 500 and Dow having gained more than 2 percent through Tuesday's close. The Nasdaq, meanwhile, was up 4 percent in that period.
Elsewhere in corporate news, Teva Pharmaceutical rose more than 3 percent after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway revealed it increased its stake in the company.