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Markets / Commentaries

Stock Market Today: September 27, 2016

Robert Mitkowski, Robert Harrington, and Adam Rosner | 9/27/2016

Stocks headed higher this morning, and managed to build on these gains through much of the afternoon. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 133 points; the S&P 500 Index was up 14 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 48 points. Market breadth was positive, with winners modestly ahead of losers on the NYSE.

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Stock Market Today: September 26, 2016

William G. Ferguson and Adam Rosner | 9/26/2016

The stock market moved lower this morning, and was unable to recover during the afternoon. At the end of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 167 points; the S&P 500 Index was off 19 points; and the NASDAQ was lower by 48 points. Market breadth was quite negative, as decliners outnumbered advancers by a wide margin on the NYSE. From a sector perspective, the healthcare and financial issues led the market lower today. While still under pressure, the utilities displayed a degree of relative strength.

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Stock Market Today: September 23, 2016

Harvey S. Katz, William G. Ferguson, Adam Rosner | 9/23/2016

Equities headed lower this morning, and weakened further for much of the afternoon. At the end of the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down about 131 points; the S&P 500 Index was off 12 points; and the technology-heavy NASDAQ was lower by 34 points. Most stocks lost ground today, as decliners far outpaced advancers on the NYSE.

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Stocks / Highlights
Using The Value Line Report: Oil Price Recovery Helps Exxon Mobil and Chevron

Paul E. Debbas, CFA | 9/22/2016

It is no secret that oil prices are significantly lower than they were in mid-2014. Natural gas quotations have weakened since then, as well. This has hurt companies involved in upstream oil and gas, including Dow 30 components Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX). However, since February of 2016, oil prices have risen, although the recovery has been choppy. The companies’ prospects have improved as well, but are not what they were just a few years ago.

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Markets / Commentaries
Existing Home Sales Ease Slightly In August 2016

Harvey S. Katz | 9/22/2016

Sales of existing homes eased back a tad last month, with the report issued just moments ago affirming that such transactions totaled an annualized 5.33 million homes. This was the second straight month in which sales had dipped, with the latest decline a scant 0.9%.    

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Stock Market Today: September 22, 2016

Harvey S. Katz, Robert Harrington, and Adam Rosner | 9/22/2016

The U.S. stock market opened higher this morning, and managed to hold onto most of its gains through the afternoon. At the end of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead about 98 points; the S&P 500 Index was higher by 14 points; and the technology-heavy NASDAQ was up 44 points.

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The Federal Reserve, Once Again, Holds The Line On Interest Rates

Harvey S. Katz | 9/21/2016

The Federal Reserve again looked at the possibility of raising interest rates, and as it has done on all previous Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meetings this year, opted to stay the course. To be sure, while some members had counseled for the need to possibly hike borrowing costs at this time, the majority felt it would be better to stand aside. However, the FOMC strongly hinted that it would still raise rates this year. The rate decision had been widely expected.

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Stock Market Today: September 21, 2016

Harvey S. Katz, Robert Harrington, and Adam Rosner | 9/21/2016

The U.S. stock market opened higher, pulled back in the early afternoon ahead of the Fed meeting’s conclusion (more below), but then rallied sharply into the close. At the end of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 164 points; the S&P 500 Index was higher by 23 points; and the NASDAQ was up 54 points.

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Stock Market Today: September 20, 2016

Harvey S. Katz and Adam Rosner | 9/20/2016

The U.S. stock market opened nicely higher, but softened slightly during the afternoon. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 10 points, its low for the session; the S&P 500 Index was up one point; and the NASDAQ was higher by six points. Market breadth also showed a divided session, as advancers were about even with decliners on the NYSE. From a sector perspective, there was some leadership in healthcare names.

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