Stocks Gain Ground On ISM Figures

The New York Stock Exchange regained some ground on Tuesday, with a figure worse than expected in the ISM manufacturing index, soothing fears of a future interest rates hike by the Federal Reserve.

At the end of the morning, the Dow Jones had advanced 0.7% to 16,942.8 points, while the Nasdaq Composite moved 0.5% to 4,449.5 points.

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) announced this morning that its index of manufacturing activity was at 55.3 in June, a figure lower than the estimates forecast who expected more around 55.8 level.

This indicator shows that the U.S. economy is still not over bought, and an intervention by the Fed – through a higher interest rate – is not yet necessary.

Published at the same time, construction spending in the U.S. rose 0.1% in May, again lower than the consensus which expected a figure closer to 0.5%.

As for stock quotes​​, Oracle advanced 0.5% after unveiling details of its bond issue of $10 billion, this is to finance the acquisition of Micros Systems.

HP gained 1.4% after having reached an agreement with two law firms representing disgruntled shareholders who had litigated in the case of the acquisition of Autonomy in 2011.

Ford was down 0.1% after announcing a 5.8% decline in sales in the United States in June, a worse than expected performance, while GM rose nearly 2% after sales domestic market that have pleasantly surprised in June, with a better-than-expected 1% yoy increase.

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