Profit Taking May Lead To Initial Weakness On Wall Street

The major U.S. index futures are pointing to a modestly lower opening on Friday after stocks closed lower for six consecutive sessions. Profit taking may contribute to early weakness on Wall Street after the recent winning streak lifted the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 to new record closing highs.

Renewed concerns about the investigation of Russian meddling in the presidential election may also weigh on the markets amid reports President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has come under FBI scrutiny.

Trading activity may be somewhat subdued on the day, however, as some traders look to get a head start on the Memorial Day weekend.

Stocks moved mostly higher over the course of the trading day on Thursday, extending their recent winning streak to six sessions. With the continued upward move, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 reached new record closing highs.

The major averages ended the day firmly in positive territory. The Dow rose 70.53 points or 0.3 percent to 21,082.95, the Nasdaq advanced 42.23 points or 0.7 percent to 6,205.26 and the S&P 500 climbed 10.68 points or 0.4 percent to 2,415.07.

The continued strength on Wall Street was partly due to upbeat earnings news from some big-name retailers, which helped offset some recent concerns about consumer spending.

Electronics retailer Best Buy (BBY) also showed a substantial move to the upside after reporting first quarter results that beat expectations on both the top and bottom lines.

Shares of Sears (SHLD) also saw significant strength after the department store operator reported a narrower than expected first quarter loss on revenues that exceeded estimates.

Traders also continued to respond positively to the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s latest monetary policy meeting, which included an outline of a plan to trim its $4.5 trillion balance sheet.

Nearly all policymakers expressed a favorable view of the approach, which was seen as consistent with the intention to reduce the Fed’s securities holdings in a…

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