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Stock Market Today: November 16, 2018

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Adam Rosner | 11/16/2018

The stock market got off to a weak start this morning, but managed to selectively firm up as the session progressed. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 124 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was up six points; while the technology-heavy NASDAQ was lower by 11 points. Market breadth showed a mixed situation, as advancing issues slightly outpaced decliners on the NYSE. Many equity groups managed to make progress today, led higher by the healthcare, utility, and basic materials issues. In contrast, the technology stocks and selective consumer names retreated.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Walmart Inc. Fiscal Third Quarter 2018

Kevin Downing | 11/15/2018

Shares of Walmart (WMT) slip some following the release of the retail giant’s fiscal third-quarter financial results.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Cisco Systems First Quarter Fiscal 2019

Kevin Downing | 11/15/2018

Shares of Cisco Systems (CSCO) are up modestly in trading today after the networking equipment and software provider reported better-than-expected results for the October period. Revenue of $13.1 billion grew 8% year over year, greater than our 4% estimate. Total product sales (75% of the top line) were up 9%, Service revenue grew 3%, and product orders advanced 8%. Adjusted earnings per share came in at $0.75, $0.03 more than our forecast and 23% above the prior year's tally.

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Stock Market Today: November 15, 2018

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and John E. Seibert III | 11/15/2018

The market started the day off lower. It looked ready to continue yesterday’s decline, following disappointing earnings results from a few retailers. However, stocks bounced back after the first hour of trading, largely on an improved trade outlook . Indeed, a report stated that the U.S. and China are working harder to come to a truce at the G20 meeting at the end of this month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose steadily on these reports, climbing by as many as 275 points by mid-afternoon. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ also followed suit, with the latter outperforming due to the strong performance of technology stocks. All told, the Dow rose around 0.8%, 209 points, on the day.

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Stock Market Today: November 14, 2018

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and John E. Seibert III | 11/14/2018

The stock market opened higher today, as good economic news and strong earnings releases were recorded. However, the broader markets enjoyed these early gains for only a short time, as equity prices fell throughout the majority of the day, reaching its nadir in the early afternoon. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by as many as 350 points at its lowest point, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ traded lower in tandem. In addition, Dow component Apple  briefly entered bear-market territory. However, after 2:00 pm (EDT), the trading became choppy and the declines reversed course a bit. All told, the Dow ended down 206 points, or 0.8%.

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Dow 30 Earnings: The Home Depot Fiscal Third Quarter 2018

Matthew E. Spencer, CFA | 11/13/2018

Shares of The Home Depot (HD) fell slightly, even as the world's largest home-improvement retailer released better-than-expected fiscal third-quarter (ended October 28th) results and raised its outlook. The top line increased 5% from a year earlier, to $26.302 billion, a hair above our $26.250 billion forecast.

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Stock Market Today: November 13, 2018

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Mario Ferro | 11/13/2018

After taking a beating on Monday, stocks started today’s session slightly to the upside. However, the move was short-lived as trading soon became choppy, and the major U.S. indexes then succumbed to a modest afternoon selloff.

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Stock Market Today: November 12, 2018

William G. Ferguson, Harvey S. Katz, CFA, and Adam Rosner | 11/12/2018

Stocks opened lower this morning, and weakened further as the session progressed. Ultimately, the bulls and bargain hunters remained on the sidelines, making it difficult for the major averages to rebound. At the close of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 602 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was off 55 points; and the technology-heavy NASDAQ was lower by 206 points (nearly a 3% drop).

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Dow 30 Earnings: The Walt Disney Company Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2018

Orly Seidman | 11/9/2018

Media conglomerate and Dow-30 component The Walt Disney Company closed out fiscal 2018 in fine fashion. The Parks & Resorts and Studio Entertainment businesses once again led the way. The stock was modestly higher in early trading.

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