Stock Market Today: May 28, 2015

The U.S. stock market opened sharply lower this morning, as traders turned their attention to developments overseas. Nonetheless, in the United States the major averages were able to pare their losses in the afternoon. In fact, at the end of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 37 points; the S&P 500 Index was lower by three points; and the technology-heavy NASDAQ was off nine points. Most stocks encountered setbacks today, as decliners led advancers by a narrow margin on the NYSE.

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Stock Market Today: May 27, 2015
After a tranquil five-day stretch on Wall Street last week, investors have been taken on a rollercoaster ride the last two days, with steep losses yesterday followed by a notable rally today. The pickup in volatility is likely the result of some uncertainty in the market both here and abroad, which can often produce the wide swings in trading that we have seen the last two days. Read more
Stock Market Today: May 26, 2015
The final trading week of May, a month that has historically been a difficult one for those long equities, got off to a very bearish start. Indeed, the major equity averages were notably lower only a few minutes into the session and the losses widened as the trading day progressed. Read more
Stock Market Today: May 22, 2015
The U.S. stock market put in a somewhat weaker session today, as traders weighed a batch of decent corporate reports against concerns about rising consumer inflation and a possible interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve later this year. Further, the session had a quiet tone, as investors prepared for the three-day holiday weekend. At the end of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 54 points; the S&P 500 Index was lower by about five points; while the technology-heavy NASDAQ tried to cling to a small gain but closed off a point. Read more
Stock Market Today: May 21, 2015
The U.S. stock market put in a generally constructive showing today, and managed to maintain some of its earlier gains into the close. At the end of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up less than a point; the S&P 500 Index was ahead five points; and the technology-heavy NASDAQ was up 19 points. Advancing stocks were just slightly ahead of decliners on the NYSE, which suggests that the session was somewhat divided. Notably, the energy sector took the leadership role, as the price of crude oil advanced 3%, moving back over the $60-a-barrel mark. Read more
Stock Market Today: May 20, 2015
It was another ho-hum day on Wall Street, with the major U.S. equity indexes, a few of which are at or near record highs, never straying too far from the neutral line. Right now, there is not much in the way of market-moving news to push trading forcefully in either direction, so what we end up getting is a good deal of complacency among investors. Read more
Stock Market Today: May 19, 2015
Except for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the major stock averages today were unable to sustain earlier gains, and ended slightly lower. At the close, the Dow was up 14 points; but the NASDAQ fell eight and the S&P 500 gave back one point. Investors were unconvinced about the rally’s underpinnings throughout the session, as market breadth was somewhat negative on both the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. Read more
Stock Market Today: May 18, 2015
The major U.S. equity indexes started the new week to the downside, remained mostly in negative territory through the first 90 minutes of trading, but around 11:00 A.M on the East Coast the tide turned and the buyers returned to the market. From that point on, the major indexes stayed in positive territory, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index establishing all-time highs. Read more
Stock Market Today: May 15, 2015
After opening slightly higher, the major U.S. stock market indexes struggled to find direction, trading in a narrow range around the baseline for much of the day. Notably, the S&P 500 closed at all-time highs in each of the past two sessions. The focus largely remains the same today, with the markets eyeing economic data, bond yields, and the timing of an eventual interest-rate hike by the Federal Reserve. Read more
Stock Market Today: May 14, 2015
The U.S. stock market opened higher this morning, and built on these gains through the afternoon, driving the major averages up about 1% for the session. At the end of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 192 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was ahead 23 points; and the NASDAQ, which assumed leadership, was higher by 69 points. Read more
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