Stock Market Today: December 4, 2019(2)
The stock market opened nicely higher this morning, and managed to build on these gains through much of the afternoon. Sentiment improved quite a bit today, fueled by reports that trade negotiations with China were still progressing. At the end of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 149 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was up 20 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 46 points. Market breadth showed that the bulls were back in control, with almost all of the major equity sectors pressing ahead. Today’s advance was encouraging, as it followed a number of weak sessions, and might suggest that the market is regaining some footing. Elsewhere, investors shrugged off a couple of soft economic reports this morning, as they were busy concentrating on global issues. Looking ahead, the November employment report is due out on Friday, and that issuance will likely receive a good deal of attention. Read more
Stock Market Today: November 29, 2019
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Stock Market Today: December 4, 2019
The stock market opened nicely higher this morning, and managed to build on these gains through much of the afternoon. Sentiment improved quite a bit today, fueled by reports that trade negotiations with China were still progressing. At the end of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 149 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was up 20 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 46 points. Market breadth showed that the bulls were back in control, with almost all of the major equity sectors pressing ahead. Today’s advance was encouraging, as it followed a number of weak sessions, and might suggest that the market is regaining some footing. Elsewhere, investors shrugged off a couple of soft economic reports this morning, as they were busy concentrating on global issues. Looking ahead, the November employment report is due out on Friday, and that issuance will likely receive a good deal of attention. Read more
Stock Market Today: November 25, 2019
The stock market started positively today, as a few companies agreed to mergers and acquisitions over the weekend. Additionally, China released new guidelines for the protection of intellectual property, which has been a significant sticking point in U.S. trade negotiations. All told, the Dow closed higher by 191 points, the S&P 500 was up 23 points, and the NASDAQ rose 113 points. Read more
Stock Market Today: November 22, 2019
The stock market opened higher this morning, then pulled back briefly, but managed to make some selective progress in the afternoon. Traders continued to hope that a trade deal between the U.S. and China could be reached in the near future. However, given the history of setbacks on that front, many on Wall Street are likely viewing the situation with some caution. At the end of trading today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 109 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was up seven points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 14 points. Market breadth was constructive, as advancers outnumbered decliners by a comfortable margin on the NYSE. Read more
Stock Market Today: November 21, 2019

The stock market started lower today, as sentiment for a trade deal between the United States and China weakened. The higher levels of uncertainty caused the markets to fall a bit, while in other news, weekly initial jobless claims remained at a five-month high. Too, a few quarterly earnings results out of retailers were weaker than expected.  All told, the Dow closed off by 55 points; the NASDAQ lost 21 points; and the S&P 500 was down five points, closing in the red for the third time in a row. 

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Stock Market Today: November 20, 2019

Stocks fell on Wednesday, but finished off of their lows, as trade talks with China showed signs of slipping into next year without progress. The market opened moderately lower on the lack of a catalyst. Truthfully, a lot went right on Wall Street in recent weeks when the major averages were setting record highs. Optimism that a trade deal with China could be reached, solid corporate earnings, lower interest rates, and the feeling that the economy would pick up in 2020 combined to fuel a surge in stocks.

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Stock Market Today: November 19, 2019
The stock market put in a mixed session today, as traders digested the latest batch of corporate earnings announcements, and kept an eye on developments overseas. At the end of the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 102 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was off two points; but the NASDAQ was higher by 21 points. Read more
Stock Market Today: November 18, 2019
The futures market started positively, as an interest-rate cut in China buoyed the S&P 500 futures to an all-time high. The accommodative policy was seen as a positive by many traders. But by the time the stock market opened, this move higher was erased, as concerns about U.S. trade negotiations with China took hold. The Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ reached all-time highs during the session. Then, the composites tapered off in the final portion of trading and ended not too far off of breakeven levels. All told, the Dow closed higher by 31 points, the S&P 500 finished up two points, and the NASDAQ. Read more
Stock Market Today: November 15, 2019

The markets began the day with a push to the upside, and stocks went on to set all-time highs. On the economic front, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that October retail sales were up 0.3% from the previous month and 3.1% higher than the year before. Elsewhere, industrial production took a hit last month, falling 0.8%. This marked the largest drop since May of last year. However, much of that was due to the 40-day work stoppage at General Motors (GM). Excluding the auto industry, production would have been down 0.5%, in line with consensus expectations.

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