Stock Market Today: March 22, 2019

Stocks fell sharply to close the week on concerns over the health of the global economy. At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 460 points; the NASDAQ lost 196 points; and the S&P 500 sank 54 points. Market breadth affirmed the weakness on the major averages, as declining stocks easily outpaced advancing issues. Today’s troubles started overseas, where data showed an index of German manufacturing fell to its lowest level since 2012.

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Stock Market Today: March 21, 2019
The stock market got off a sluggish start this morning, but then proceeded to advance at a strong pace for much of the day. Of note, traders were feeling more optimistic about the technology sector, in particular, and that helped push the broad market higher. At the end of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 217 points; the S&P 500 Index was up 31 points; and the NASDAQ, which displayed leadership, was higher by 110 points. Read more
Stock Market Today: March 20, 2019
The stock market traded lower this morning, rebounded briefly in the mid-afternoon after the conclusion of the FOMC meeting, but retreated again later in the day. Much of the market volatility today was due to investor concerns about the economy, and the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, in particular. At the end of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 142 points; the S&P 500 Index was off eight points; while the NASDAQ managed to remain in positive territory, closing nominally higher. Read more
Stock Market Today: March 19, 2019

The major U.S. equity indexes began the day in positive territory and appeared headed for an easy win, but uncertainty over trade talks with China erased most of the early gains.

 

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Stock Market Today: March 18, 2019
The stock market put in a choppy, but somewhat constructive, session today. At the end of the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 65 points; the S&P 500 Index was up 10 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 26 points. Market breadth was positive, with winners just ahead of losers on the NYSE. The energy and financial issues led the market higher, offsetting weakness in the healthcare names and utility stocks. Read more
Stock Market Today: March 15, 2019

Stocks closed the week higher on Friday despite some uninspiring economic data. At the end of the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 139 points; the NASDAQ pushed ahead 58 points; and the S&P climbed 13 points. Market breadth was clearly tilted to the upside, with advancing issues easily outpacing decliners on both the Big Board and the NASDAQ.

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Stock Market Today: March 14, 2019
The market started trading lower today, on talk that President Trump and President Xi of China have pushed back any meeting until April. This was generally seen as a sign that more work on the potential U.S. and China trade agreement needs to be completed. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell the early portion of the session, while the other indices moved lower in tandem. However, the market quickly reversed course near 10 AM EDT, trending upward and making back all of the early losses. The rest of the day could be characterized as mostly sideways trading. All told, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed higher by seven points, the S&P 500 was down by two points, and the NASDAQ fell almost 13 points. Read more
Stock Market Today: March 13, 2019
The stock market made considerable progress earlier today, but pared some of its gains later in the session, before firming again by the close. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 148 points; the S&P 500 Index was up 19 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 52 points. Read more
Stock Market Today: March 12, 2019
The futures markets started the day trading selectively lower, as profit taking from yesterday’s large gains caused the markets to suggest an early retreat. However, this forecast was short lived, as a rally took over once the trading session began in earnest, and stock prices rose across most of the indices, including the S&P 500 and NASDAQ. However, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was dragged down by another poor price performance from Boeing (BA).  All told, the Dow closed lower by 96 points, while the S&P 500 finished up eight points, and the NASDAQ climbed 33 points. Read more
Stock Market Today: March 11, 2019
The stock market started the new week on Wall Street with a constructive session. At the close of the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead roughly 201 points; the S&P 500 Index was up 40 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 150 points. Buying was widespread, with advancers easily outpacing decliners on the NYSE. All of the major equity sectors made progress, with the technology and basic materials issues leading the market higher. Read more
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