RPT-BUZZ-U.S. stocks weekly: Fed up

Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:55am EST
 
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(Repeats from Friday, no changes to text)

** Buffeted by sharp pre and post FOMC swings, the S&P 500 index endures a bumpy down-up-down ride before finishing essentially unchanged for the week

** Busy quadruple witching expiration as financial and VIX options garnered heavy attention in midst of Fed's first rate rise in 9 yrs

** Nevertheless, Utilities powered through Fed lift-off with their best week since late Jul before paring gains into the close, up 3 pct for week

** Solar stocks also a bright spot as US lawmakers reach deal to extend investment tax credits beyond 2016 ; First Solar top SPX gainer for week up 15 pct

** Analysts jumped on German chipmaker Dialog Semi guidance cut and continued to bring down broker forecasts for Apple iPhone sales; AAPL fell to lowest levels since late Aug

** Meanwhile Goldman reversed its long-held "sell" call on Microsoft shares which have risen to 15-year highs

** Materials worst performing group for week down 3 pct; Freeport-McMoRan hits 13-year low

** Energy off another 1 pct for week, and remains deep in the red YTD, down 25 pct, worst performing SPX sector   Continued...