The stock market closed out an up-and-down week with another very clear separation of the haves and have-lesses.
Big Tech ruled the day thanks to a trio of mega-cap earnings pops. Apple (AAPL, +10.5%) shot to new all-time highs after its Thursday evening report, where it said quarterly sales jumped 11% year-over-year and announced a 4-for-1 stock split effective in August. It did say, however, that it thinks iPhone supply will be delayed a few weeks this fall.SEE MORE Pros' Picks: The 15 Best Nasdaq Stocks You Can Buy
Amazon.com (AMZN, +3.7%) crushed revenue and profit expectations alike, and its grocery sales tripled year-over-year. Several analysts responded by revising their price targets higher, including Canaccord Genuity's Maria Ripps and Michael Graham. The pair see AMZN shares hitting $3,800 over the next 12 months, up from $3,300 previously.
"With consumer shopping behavior shifting online at an accelerating pace, structural competitive advantages around fulfillment and scale, and a reasonable ~2x multiple on eCommerce GMV driving most of our valuation, we still find AMZN stock very compelling and think much of this strength will persist beyond the current pandemic," they write.
Facebook (FB, +8.2%), meanwhile, reported Q2 revenues that improved by double digits. Also, active user figures grew more than expected, and average revenue per user was better than the Street forecast.
Other areas of the market didn't look so strong. Chevron (CVX, -2.7%) and Exxon Mobil (XOM, +0.5%) both reported quarterly losses, and the Dow finished with a muted 0.4% gain to 26,428 after being in the red much of the day. The S&P 500 was a little better at +0.8% to 3,271, and the small-cap Russell 2000 dropped by 1% to 1,480.
But the tech-laden Nasdaq cruised 1.5% higher to 10,745, where it's flirting yet again with new all-time highs.Winners and Losers Are Separating Again
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