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US Stocks Open Mostly Higher Friday    04/16 09:31

   Major indexes are mostly higher in early trading on Wall Street Friday as a 
tick up in bond yields helped lift bank stocks. Technology companies, which 
have typically moved lower when bond yields have risen, fell modestly.

   (AP) -- Major indexes are mostly higher in early trading on Wall Street 
Friday as a tick up in bond yields helped lift bank stocks. Technology 
companies, which have typically moved lower when bond yields have risen, fell 
modestly.

   The S&P 500 was up 0.2% as of 10 a.m. Eastern, on track for its fourth 
weekly gain in a row. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.4% and the 
technology-heavy Nasdaq fell 0.2%.

   Bond yields were moving higher after falling earlier in the week. The yield 
of the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.57%. However bond yields are down 
noticeably from the highs they hit earlier in the month, when the 10-year note 
traded at a yield of 1.75%.

   Technology stocks were modestly lower. Apple fell 0.5%, Microsoft fell 0.4%, 
Tesla fell 2% and Facebook was down 1%.

   Investors continue to be focused on the global economic recovery. China's 
economy expanded at a sizzling annual pace of 18.3% in the first quarter of the 
year, the government reported Friday. The world's second-largest economy 
contracted, as most of the world did, during the first months of the pandemic.

   Investors are welcoming a wave of encouraging economic reports showing how 
hungry Americans are to spend again, how fewer workers are losing their jobs 
and how much fatter corporate profits are getting. New data on retail sales and 
jobless claims Thursday reinforced the view that the recovery is accelerating.

   The market now heads into the busiest two weeks of earnings season. 
Expectations are high for companies to show they are recovering from the 
pandemic or have roadmaps to show when profits will return. Dozens of companies 
will report next week, including Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon 
Communications, Dow Chemical and American Airlines.

 
 
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