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Cyberattacks, Trump Turmoil, Retail Earnings Roundup: WMT, TGT, HD

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On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest stories, including the reaction to the massive WannaCry cyberattack, the mid-week Trump sell-off, and the latest retail earnings reports.

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First up this week was Monday’s surge in the cybersecurity industry thanks to the widespread WannaCry malware attacks. Shares of some of the world’s largest cybersecurity companies—such as FireEye (FEYE - Free Report) , Palo Alto Networks (PANW - Free Report) , and Symantec (SYMC - Free Report) soared after the cyberattacks hit over the weekend.

Cybersecurity stocks tend to gain in response to largescale hacks because companies are more likely to bolster their protection, and oh boy, was this attack a doozy. This latest attack, which started last Friday, compromised an estimated 200,000 computers in over 150 countries.

Find out more here: Here's Why Cybersecurity Stocks Are Soaring

Next, the hosts discussed the latest drama from Washington. As the Trump administration continues to deal with the fallout of the firing of James Comey, investors finally seem nervous about the White House’s ability to implement its pro-growth agenda.

The latest plot twists include reports that Comey documented Trump’s requests to stop the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, as well as the Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel for the ongoing probe.

Check out how the markets reacted: S&P 500, Industrial Giants Dip as Trump Controversies Continue

Finally, Maddy and Ryan chatted about the latest earnings from the retail sector. This week saw some nice results from the likes of Home Depot (HD - Free Report) , Target (TGT - Free Report) , and Walmart (WMT - Free Report) , which led the hosts to discuss the overall health of the economy and the success of each companies’ latest initiatives.

You can find some more coverage on these reports here: After Solid Earnings, Here Are 5 Fun Facts About Home Depot& Walmart vs. Target: Who Performed Better During Q1 Earnings?

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