U.S. stocks fell, ending four days of records for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, amid disappointing economic data and after a Federal Reserve official said the central bank may slow the pace of stimulus as early as this summer.
Kenneth Heebner, who once ranked as America’s No. 1 stock picker, took new positions in Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Hertz Global Holdings Inc., while selling out of Bank of America Corp. and Herbalife Ltd.
D.R. Horton Inc., the largest U.S. homebuilder by volume, rose to a six-year high after reporting that fiscal second-quarter profit more than doubled as climbing demand and prices fuel a housing-construction recovery.
U.S. stocks rose for the week, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounding from the biggest drop since November, as companies beat earnings estimates amid speculation central bank stimulus will continue.
Stocks rallied amid growth in U.S. home sales, better-than-forecast earnings and speculation the European Central Bank will cut interest rates. U.S. equities recovered after briefly erasing gains following a false report of explosions at the White House.
Paul Laney landed a job two months ago as a home inspector in Woodstock, Georgia, as the city added staff to oversee a growing residential construction industry. “I am really ecstatic about it,” said Laney, 52, who closed his own contracting business in 2007.