The Delta variant is keeping more companies cautious about how to invest the mountains of cash they have at their disposal. That hesitancy has led, in part, to corporate spending on stock buybacks outpacing capital expenditures this year.
NEW YORK (Sputnik) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average, Wall Street’s broadest equity value barometer, hit record highs on Wednesday, as industrial and leisure stocks previously battered during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States rebounded amid falling infection numbers due to the huge vaccination drive against the virus.
Companies that do business in Texas have signed a statement opposing two bills that would ban boys who identify as female from competing in girls' sports and ban the use of experimental puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and the genital mutilation of minors suffering from gender dysphoria.
The three main Wall Street indexes ended Friday higher for the day and week, with the S&P 500 (.SPX) and the Dow (.DJI) breaking closing records, as investors took strong economic data and bank earnings as signs of momentum in the U.S. pandemic recovery.