Stocks rise as Trump delivers over $300 billion in deals

Stocks (^DJI, ^GSPC, ^IXICrise, but fall flat on conviction as Trump delivers over $300 billion in deals. Catch The Final Round at 4 p.m. with Jen Rogers and Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer.

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Winners and losers

Stocks getting hit today include Zoe’s Kitchen, as the fast casual chain was downgraded to neutral by RW Baird; Amgen as the biotech firm said it doesn’t expect one of its osteoporosis drugs to win FDA approval this year, and that comes after a trial showed a higher rate of heart-related side effects; and Advanced Micro Devices shares sinking after Citi reiterated its sell rating on the semiconductor maker, saying it doesn’t believe a GPU licensing deal with Intel is likely to happen.

Meanwhile, stocks moving higher include Blackstone on an upgrade to buy at Citi, which cited the firm’s plans to create a $40 billion infrastructure initiative with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund; LED maker Cree on an upgrade at JMP Securities; and Ford shares jumping after announcing CEO Mark Fields was leaving.

Looking ahead

Here’s what will be making headlines tomorrow:

  • At 10 a.m. ET, we’ll get new home sales for April. The Street’s expecting 604,000 homes sold, a slight dip from the prior month.
  • We’ve also got more earnings on tap with Intuit, Toll Brothers, Autozone and DSW.
  • Finally, as President Trump heads to Bethlehem, the White House will release its full 2018 federal budget proposal, which follows the ‘Skinny Budget’ released in March.
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