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Stock Market Today: September 20, 2019

09/20/2019 Stocks closed down to end the week following unhelpful news on trade negotiations with China. Early in the afternoon, word came that a delegation from the Asian nation cancelled a visit scheduled to farmland in the United States. The market had moved modestly higher by mid-morning on Friday in a bit of a news vacuum, since there was no major economic data scheduled to be released. The impact of the Federal Reserve’s Wednesday decision to lower interest rates was also largely factored into stock prices.
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Stock Market Today: September 11, 2019

09/11/2019 The equity market moved nicely higher this morning, and managed to extend its gains through the afternoon. Today, investors seemed pleased to learn that China has decided to suspend tariffs on some U.S. goods. While it is still unclear if the upcoming trade negotiations will be successful, the decision to ease restrictions is a definite plus for businesses. At the end of today’s session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead228 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was up 22 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 86 points.
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Stock Market Today: August 8, 2019

08/08/2019 The stock market started out strongly today, as trader sentiment improved due to a few factors. These include better-than-expected trade data out of China, which showed an expansion in exports as opposed to a slight contraction. This data showed that global trade expectations had been dragged down too low by recent events. All told, the Dow was ahead by 371 points, the S&P 500 increased 54 points, and the NASDAQ was up by 176 points.
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Dow 30 Earnings: The Walt Disney Company Third Quarter Fiscal 2019

08/07/2019 Entertainment and media conglomerate TheWalt Disney Company issued weaker-than-expected fiscal third-quarter results (year ends September 30th). Investors were not pleased with the report, and the stock was down on the news.
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Stock Market Today: July 30, 2019

07/30/2019 The marketsstarted out negatively today, as a few worrisome earnings reports from companies were released both yesterday and before the bell this morning. These chilled the market some. Additionally, concerns increased about U.S. trade negotiations with China, due to fears regarding the timing and even likelihood of an eventual deal. All told, the Dow closed down 23 points, the S&P 500 finished lower by eightpoints, and the NASDAQ fell 37 points.
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Stock Market Today: June 24, 2019

06/24/2019 The equity market put in a mixed performance today, as traders turned their attention to developments overseas. Of note, the top leaders from the United States and China are set to hold discussions later this week, in an effort to improve trade relations between the two countries. Given that the situation has been quite tense for some time, Wall Street may be taking a cautious posture ahead of the talks.
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Dow 30 Earnings: The Walt Disney Company Second Quarter Fiscal 2019

05/09/2019 MediaconglomerateTheWalt Disney Company issued fiscal second-quarter results (year ends September 30th), and the Parks, Experiences, and Products segment was the brightest star. Investors had a rather ho-hum reaction to the report, and the stock was down slightly on the news.
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Stock Market Today: May 6, 2019

05/06/2019 The stock market opened dramatically lower this morning, as investors worried that trade negotiations between the United States and China might be souring. Meanwhile, the negotiations are ongoing and may still make some progress. It should be noted that stocks did manageto recover some ground in the afternoon, and this was an encouraging development. At the end of the trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down roughly 66 points; the S&P 500 Index was off 13 points; and the NASDAQ was lower by 41 points.
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Stock Market Today: February 7, 2019

02/07/2019 Today, the futures markets were pointing downward, as the EuropeanUnion lowered its outlook for growth in 2019. Brexit and a slowdown in China have been taking a toll on the EU’s GDP projections. The U.S. market trended lower during the early trading hours. And worrisome news from White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow that the U.S. and China are still far away from striking a trade deal weighed on the equity indexes. In addition, it was reported that President Trump and President Xi of China are not likely to meet before the March 1st trade negotiation deadline. All told, the Dow finished lower by 221 points, the S&P 500 was down by 26 points, and the NASDAQ fell 87 points.
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