It was a strange week on Wall Street, highlighted by a slew of earnings reports, an economic slowdown in China, and an epic fall for gold. At the end of the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:.DJI) had fallen 2.14% and the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) was off 2.11%. The biggest data point investors should be concerned with was 7.7% GDP growth in China, which fell short of the 8% estimate. Growth of 7.7% would be a blistering pace in the U.S., but in China it’s a snail’s pace, and the country’s growth has been the one bright spot for the global economy.
There was some good news on the market this week. Here are the top three stocks on the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:.DJI).
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) was the biggest winner, jumping 3.8% this week. The company made all of its gains on Tuesday after it reported first-quarter earnings. Revenue fell 0.9% in the quarter, but earnings of $0.46 per share were enough to beat expectations by a penny, and investors rejoiced at the news. The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) is obviously not a high growth stock these days, but it has very steady earnings, and investors will pay a premium for that in uncertain economic times.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) spent most of the week moving sideways, but a big jump on Friday led to a 3.4% gain for the week. The catalyst was a much stronger earnings report than expected. You may think that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is struggling with the decline of the PC, but first-quarter results tell a very different story. Revenue was up 17.8% and net income jumped 19% to $6.06 billion, or $0.72 per share, beating the $0.68 estimate from Wall Street. What was most impressive was a 23% increase in revenue from the Windows unit. This may not be a sign that the PC is back, but it’s definitely a sign that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) can survive the downturn in PC sales.
The article The Dow’s Top 3 Stocks This Week originally appeared on Fool.com is written by Travis Hoium.
Fool contributor Travis Hoium manages an account that owns shares of Microsoft and Intel. The Motley Fool recommends Coca-Cola and Intel and owns shares of Intel and Microsoft.
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