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The stock market ended the week on a lower note with the Dow Jones Industrial Average pacing the Friday decline. The price-weighted index lost 0.8%, but added 0.3% for the week, while the S&P 500 settled lower by 0.7%, narrowing its weekly gain to a slim 0.1%.
The Friday session started amid selling pressure in Europe and the U.S. as it became clear that another week will go by without a deal between Greece and its creditors. The continued uncertainty had markets in France and Germany down more than 2.0% apiece, but a well-timed rumor helped the indices slash a percentage point off their losses just in time for the close. Specifically, an unnamed Greek government official was quoted as saying a new counter-proposal has been sent to the lenders and the two sides are "closer than ever" to an agreement.
Despite the rumors, safe-haven demand boosted Germany's 10-yr bund, dropping its yield six basis points to 0.83%. Conversely, selling in Greek and Spanish debt securities caused their yields to spike. Greece's 10-yr yield surged 51 basis points to 11.56% while Spain's 10-yr yield jumped 12 basis points to 2.27%.
In addition to helping European equities trim their losses, the news helped the S&P 500 rally six points off its low, but the index returned to its worst level of the day during the afternoon, ending well below its 50-day moving average (2,103), which was violated at the open.
It is worth pointing out that today's trading volume was well below average with just 645 million shares changing hands at the NYSE floor, suggesting a fair share of participants chose to forego today's session altogether.
All ten sectors registered losses with energy (-1.2%) and health care (-1.1%) spending the day behind the remaining eight groups. The energy sector retreated alongside crude oil, which fell 1.3% to $59.93/bbl. For its part, the sector lost 0.9% for the week, while only two other groups registered weekly losses with technology and utilities surrendering 0.7% and 0.5%, respectively.
The technology sector underperformed for the second day in a row amid broad weakness. Large cap names like Apple (AAPL 127.17, -1.42), IBM (IBM 166.99, -1.79), Microsoft (MSFT 45.97, -0.47), and Qualcomm (QCOM 67.02, -0.57) lost between 0.9% and 1.1% while the high-beta PHLX Semiconductor Index fell 0.9% to end the week lower by 1.7%.
Generally speaking, today's session was devoid of corporate news, but Twitter (TWTR 35.90, +0.06) made headlines after Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo announced he will step down from his post on July 1 with co-founder and Chairman Jack Dorsey taking Mr. Costolo's place in the interim. Shares of TWTR opened higher, but a daylong retreat resulted in a flat close for the stock.
Elsewhere, the financial sector (-0.4%) ended ahead of most other groups, locking in a 1.0% gain for the week with investors angling to take advantage of rising rates.
Speaking of rates, the 10-yr note rallied at the start, but reversed after the Greece-related rumor crossed in the late morning. The benchmark note registered a four-tick loss with its yield inching up a basis point to 2.39%. For the week, the benchmark yield slipped two basis points after testing the 2.49% level on Wednesday.
Economic data included PPI and Michigan Sentiment:
Producer prices saw their largest one-month increase since April 2011, rising 0.5% in May after declining 0.4% in April while the Briefing.com consensus expected an increase of 0.4%
Almost the entire increase in the PPI can be attributed to higher energy costs, and namely higher gasoline prices as total energy costs increased 5.9% in May after declining 2.9% in April
Gasoline prices jumped 17.0% in May following a 4.7% decline in April
Food prices increased 0.8% in May after declining 0.9% in April
Excluding food and energy, core PPI increased 0.1% in May after decreasing 0.2% in April, which is what the consensus expected
The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index increased to 94.6 in the preliminary June reading from 90.7 in May while the Briefing.com consensus expected an increase to 91.5
On Monday, the Empire Manufacturing Index for June (Briefing.com consensus 6.0) will be released at 8:30 ET while May Industrial Production (consensus 0.3%) and Capacity Utilization (consensus 78.3%) will both be reported at 9:15 ET. The day's data will be topped off with the 10:00 ET release of the NAHB Housing Market Index for June (expected 56).
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