Summary:

  • U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday, with the Dow topping 18,000 for the first time in April as investors looked ahead to the official start of earnings season next week.(CNBC)
  • The DOW 30, S&P 500, NASDAQ 100, EURO STOXX 50, and Nikkei 225 all had positive Y-o-Y dividend point growth last week, while the FTSE 100 had negative Y-o-Y dividend point growth.
  • No S&P 500 companies went Ex-Dividend today.
  • Six S&P 500 companies are scheduled to go Ex-Dividend on Monday, with five of them (83%) expected to have positive NTM dividend growth.
  • No S&P 500 companies released earnings today.
  • Leading economic indicators were mostly positive for the week.

Trivia Question of the Day:

  • Today’s Question: When was the first day of trading for the NASDAQ exchange?
  • Previous Day’s Answer: ln 1884. (Question:When did Charles Dow compose his first stock average?)

Historical Perspective:

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