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Friday, October 29, 2010

Market Close Wrap-Up: October 29, 2010

The major U.S. equity indices closed mixed Friday after an economic growth report that didn't much help investor sentiment. The nation's GDP rose 2% annual pace during Q3, in line with economist expectations and just 1.7% above the rate in Q2. Strategic Wealth Partners' Tony Zabiegala commented, "Because GDP was so lackluster, we don't see the Fed pumping the brakes." In corporate news, Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. (NYSE:EL) reported a 14% boost to its Q1 net sales from the year-ago period at $2.09 billion. EPS rose 34% year-over-year to $0.95, up from $0.71 in the year-ago period. Net earnings for the quarter rose 36% year-over-year to $191.1 million. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) closed 0.04% higher at 11,118.49, the S&P500 (INX) closed 0.04% lower at 1,183.26, and the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) closed 0.00% higher at 2,507.41.

Halliburton Shares Plunge

Oct. 28 2010 | Shares of Halliburton plunged after tests showed the company's cement mixture used to seal BP's oil well in the Gulf was unstable. CNBC's Eamon Javers has the story.


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