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January 11, 2019 3:07 pm
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U.S. stocks fell Friday after a five-session winning streak that pulled two key equity averages out of correction territory.

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Equity gains in the last five days prompted some investors to book profits as they await the beginning of earnings season.


Crude oil prices, which have been climbing for the last nine trading days, were falling and dragging down the share prices of energy companies heavily involved in exploration and production. Those declines weighed on key averages.

The price of West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark, fell 1.6 percent to $51.76 in afternoon trading.

Ticker Security Last Change %Chg
CXO CONCHO RESOURCES INC. 120.62 -1.71 -1.40%
HES HESS CORPORATION 51.13 -0.82 -1.58%

Shortly before the opening bell the Labor Department reported that, as of December, inflation was 2.2 percent, on a year-over-year basis. Rising rental costs and health care expenses were expected to keep inflation on the central bank’s radar.

American equities also appeared caught in a downdraft of European stocks. London’s FTSE traded down 0.5 percent, Germany’s DAX fell 0.8 percent and France’s CAC was off 0.9 percent.

Ticker Security Last Change %Chg
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 23954.74 -47.18 -0.20%
SP500 S&P 500 2591.82 -4.82 -0.19%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 6964.5233 -21.54 -0.31%

On the other hand, General Motors said on Friday that its decision to cut 15 percent of its North American workforce and halt production at several plants could contribute between $2 billion and $2.5 billion to profits this year. The largest American automaker also strengthened its earnings guidance to between $4.5 billion to $6 billion, while it said per share profits could be $6.50 to $7 — exceeding Wall Street’s $5.86 forecast, according to Refinitiv.

GM shares surged more than 8 percent in afternoon trading.

Asian bourses did well: China’s shanghai Composite up 0.74 percent.


Hong Kong’s hang Seng finished the day higher by 0.55 percent,

Japan’s Nikkei closed the session with a 1 percent gain. up 0.97 percent. For the week, it added 4.1 percent.

FOX Business’ Ken Martin contributed to this report.


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