Tech stocks rise, Tesla volatile again, Nvidia soars


Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., speaks during an unveiling event for the Boring Co. Hawthorne test tunnel in Hawthorne, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018.

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9:34 am: Stocks open little changed, strong earnings boost the S&P 500 and NASDAQ

Stocks opened little changed on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average hovered around the breakeven line, while the S&P 500 gained 0.2%, boosted by earnings from Nvidia and Expedia, among others. The NASDAQ Composite was the top-performer, gaining 0.3%. For the week, the major averages were up at least 1% and were headed for back-to-back weekly increases. The weekly increases come even as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise. -Stevens

9:11 am: Here are Friday’s biggest analyst calls

  • Bernstein increased its price target on Beyond Meat to $117 from $106
  • Deutsche Bank downgraded BlackRock to hold from buy
  • Barclays downgraded Yelp to underweight from equal weight
  • Evercore ISI raised its price target on Tesla to $550 from $250
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