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Markets / Commentaries

Stock Market Today: December 8, 2016

William G. Ferguson | 12/8/2016

After two bullish, but rather ho-hum, trading sessions to start the week, the major U.S. equity averages shook off a sluggish beginning to yesterday’s session and soared in the afternoon hours. The surge, which saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average climb more than 300 points in intra-day trading before ending the session up 298 points, was broadbased, with the tech-heavy NASDAQ and broader S&P 500 Index also recording sizable gains, though not as big as that of the index of 30 bellwether companies. Quite frankly, with the exception of the healthcare sector, buyers had a plethora of attractive equity options yesterday. It marked the 12th time since the November 8th presidential election that the Dow 30 finished at an all-time high.

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Stock Market Today: December 7, 2016

William G. Ferguson, Robert Mitkowski, and Robert Harrington | 12/7/2016

The U.S. equity market soared on Wednesday afternoon, following a modest run up in the morning hours with a sharp increase that sent both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average to all-time intraday trading highs. The latter adding more than 300 points as the closing bell approached in New York. Even the tech-heavy NASDAQ, which has been relatively choppy in recent weeks, registered a solid 85-point gain.

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Stock Market Today: December 6, 2016

William G. Ferguson, Mario Ferro, and Adam Rosner | 12/6/2016

The U.S. equity market got off to a slow start this morning, but managed to make progress later in the day. At the end of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 37 points; the S&P 500 Index was up eight points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 24 points.

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Stocks / Highlights
SWOT Analysis: AMC Entertainment

Robert Harrington | 12/5/2016

Since Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda acquired it for $2.6 billion in May of 2012, Movie theater operator AMC Entertainment (AMC) has boosted its screen count, aggressively updated the sound and digital-projection of its rooms, and improved food and amenity offerings. Accordingly, the movie chain’s stock has been the best performing component in the exhibitor sector in the time following Wanda’s involvement, nearly doubling the growth of it biggest rival Regal Entertainment, as well as outrunning critical darling IMAX.

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Stock Market Today: December 5, 2016

William G. Ferguson, Robert Mitkowski, and Adam Rosner | 12/5/2016

Stocks logged another constructive session today. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up approximately 46 points; the S&P 500 Index was ahead 13 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 53 points. There was a decidedly favorable tone to today’s trading, as winners easily outpaced losers on the NYSE. Further, all of the major equity sectors made strides. Leadership was found in the technology and basic materials issues, while the high-yielding utility issues logged more modest gains.

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Stock Market Today: December 2, 2016

Harvey S. Katz, Robert Harrington, and Adam Rosner | 12/2/2016

The U.S. equity market got off to a constructive start this morning, pulled back in the afternoon, before ending the day on a mixed note. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down about 22 points, while the broader S&P 500 Index was ahead nominally, and the NASDAQ was higher by five points. Market breadth showed a largely divided session, as advancers were just slightly ahead of decliners on the NYSE.

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Stock Market Today: December 1, 2016

Harvey S. Katz, Robert Harrington, and Adam Rosner | 12/1/2016

Equities put in a mixed session today. At the end of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was higher by roughly 68 points, but the broader S&P 500 Index was off eight points, and the NASDAQ was down 73 points (well over 1% for the session). Market breadth was negative, as losers were well ahead of winners on the NYSE. Most equity sectors lost ground, with significant selling in the technology area. In contrast, the financial and energy stocks managed to advance moderately.

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Stock Market Today: November 30, 2016

Harvey S. Katz, William G. Ferguson and Robert Harrington | 11/30/2016

U.S. stocks were mostly lower at the end of the day, after some afternoon profit taking negating some pockets of positivity from the morning hours. Investors are still digesting the incoming administration’s policies. And today’s market action seems to be in line with the post-election normal. The tech-heavy NASDAQ shed value throughout the day, stoked by ongoing trade-related ambiguity. The S&P 500 was mixed-to-positive for most of the day, until an afternoon economic release (discussed below) moderated these gains and dragged the average below the breakeven line. Finally, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above the 19,200 threshold several times throughout the day, before falling back in mid-afternoon and into the close.

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Using the Value Line Report: No Tears, Just Smiles For JNJ Investors

J. Susan Ferrara | 11/29/2016

Finding an equity that satisfies a broad set of investment objectives is generally no easy task. Seldom do such opportunities present themselves, even within the Dow-30 crowd. But when they do, it’s important to know how to identify them. Here, we will focus on Johnson and Johnson (JNJ), a manufacturer of healthcare products, and use the latest Value Line report on this company to illustrate how effective a tool it can be when making an educated investment decision.

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