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The 4 Stocks That Lifted the DJIA on Friday

September 11, 2015: Markets opened lower again on Friday but managed to pop above the break-even line in the noon hour. The good news seems to be a combination of two facts: consumers continue to spend, even though sentiment is not high, because they have more money in their pockets thanks to the low cost of gasoline and better job prospects and slightly better wages. Who needs the Fed? Shortly before the closing bell the DJIA traded up 0.32% for the day, the S&P 500 traded up 0.18%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.32%.

The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Friday was McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) which traded higher by 1.94% at $97.10. The stock’s 52-week range is $87.50 to $101.88. Trading volume was about 15% lower than the daily average of around 5.9 million. The company had no specific news today.

The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) traded up 1.69% at $104.33. The stock’s 52-week range is $78.54 to $122.08. Trading volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 11 million. The company had no specific news today.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) which traded up 1.20% at $113.92. The stock’s 52-week range is $92.00 to $134.54. Trading volume was about 25% below the daily average of around 57 million. The company’s iPhone direct sales program has gained some backers and is expected to be a success for the company.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.28% at $118.26. The stock’s 52-week range is $80.72 to $126.21. About 2.6 million shares traded hands today, roughly 45% below the daily average of about 4.5 million. The company had no specific news today.

Of the Dow 30 stocks 19 are set to close higher today and 11 are on track to close lower.

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By Paul Ausick


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