Even a $2.3 billion quarterly loss at Fannie Mae couldn’t hold off the charge of the bulls on Wall Street on Friday.
With crude oil falling to $115 a barrel, the stock market shrugged offThursday’s losses and the Dow Jones Industrial Average mushroomed more than302 points, or 2.7 percent, to 11,734.32. And after enduring a 2.1 percentdrop on Thursday, as retail sales came on at disappointing levels with signs of more trouble to come, the Standard & Poor’s Retail Index climbed 6.2 percent to 381.92.
The wide disparity between the euro and the dollar narrowed sharply on Friday as well, with the euro finishing the week at $1.50, down from nearly $1.56 at the start of the week.
While the movement of retail shares was nearly universally upward, Eddie Bauer Holdings led the pack of advancers with a 25.2 percent gain for the day, to $6.50, following a strong second-quarter earnings report on Thursday evening. Other specialty stores exceeding the S&P Retail performance included Mothers Work (up 9.8 percent), Hot Topic (up 9.2 percent), Urban Outfitters (up 8.7 percent), Dress Barn and Limited Brands (both up 8.4 percent), Wet Seal (up 8.3 percent), Charlotte Russe (up 7.2 percent), Gap (up 6.9 percent), AnnTaylor Stores and The Children’s Place (both up 6.5 percent) and Buckle (up 6.2 percent).
Macy’s isn’t among the stores that report monthly sales, but it shared in Friday’s surge as well, advancing 9.6 percent to $20.73. Shares have now risen 44.7 percent since hitting a 52-week low of $14.33 on July 11 amid concerns about the department store firm’s liquidity and ability to compete. Speculation about the company’s condition was answered by Macy’s chief executive officer Terry Lundgren in a letter to company executives later made public, and by analysts asserting its fiscal health.
Coming off a comparable-store sales gain in July, unusual among the department stores report, Dillard’s shares enjoyed an 8.6 percent increase to $10.85. Penney’s and Kohl’s comps were down 6.5 and 10.4 percent, respectively, but their shares fared better on the week’s final trading day, rising 6.6 and 6.2 percent. Stein Mart shares picked up 10 percent on the day, landing them at $4.96.
Coach picked up 9.1 percent during the session, ending at $29.89; Tiffany advanced 6.7 percent, to $41.23, and Guess added 7.5 percent to $35.83.
Among vendors, strong advances came from Kenneth Cole Productions (9.3 percent), Movado Group (9.2 percent), Liz Claiborne (8.2 percent), Timberland (7.5 percent), Jones Apparel Group (7.4 percent) and Warnaco Group (7.2 percent).
Among those logging strong performances on European exchanges were Luxottica Group, up 9.8 percent, and Bulgari, up 6.2 percent.
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Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews