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Stock Market Today: November 12, 2019

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Adam Rosner | 11/12/2019

The equity markets pressed ahead earlier this morning, but gradually retreated as the day unfolded, before firming again at the end. Of note, Wall Street continues to look for signs that a trade deal between the U.S. and China will materialize in the near future. However, it is still unclear if, and when, such a development might take place. No doubt, the shifting situation, and remarks from the Administration, have added some choppiness to the market lately. At the end of trading today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was unchanged; the broader S&P 500 Index was ahead five points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 22 points.

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Stock Market today: November 11, 2019

William G. Ferguson and John E. Seibert III | 11/11/2019

The market started trading lower on the Veterans’ Day holiday, as sentiment fell concerning a U.S. trade deal with China. Traders sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 164 points, while the other indices were lower in tandem. However, a few news stories broke throughout the day, which helped to lift the markets higher. These included that Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), a Dow-component company, received a takeout proposal from a public/private equity company. Additionally, Boeing (BA) provided an update on its 737 MAX planes. Management stated that if the FAA accepts the company's updated training requirements, they are expecting customer deliveries in December and that they expect commercial service to begin in January. These reports sent the market higher, and the Dow eventually reached the green. However, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ remained below breakeven levels. All told, the Dow closed higher by 10 points, eking out a record close. On the other hand, the S&P 500 was down six points, and the NASDAQ was off by 11 points.

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Dow 30 Earnings: The Walt Disney Company Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2019

Orly Seidman | 11/8/2019

Wall Street sent shares of entertainment and media conglomerate The Walt Disney Company higher in early trading this morning following the release of the company’s fiscal fourth-quarter results.

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Stock Market Today: November 8, 2019

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Robert Mitkowski | 11/8/2019

Stocks edged higher on Friday, with the major averages closing at record highs, even as some unfavorable trade news kept a lid on sentiment.

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Stock Market Today: November 7, 2019

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and John E. Seibert III | 11/7/2019

The stock market started strongly today, as a report out of China stated that the U.S. and China had agreed to remove existing trade tariffs, which traders though increased the likelihood of a deal reaching completion. Additionally, some economic indicators, including initial weekly jobless figures were better than the Street’s expectations. In fact, the three indices all reached all-time highs. The markets then traded sideways throughout much of the afternoon, but never eclipsed their prior highs. The market then tailed off into the final portion of the trading session. All told, the Dow closed higher by 182 points, the S&P 500 was up eight points, and the NASDAQ closed higher by 24 points.

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Stock Market Today: November 6, 2019

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Adam Rosner | 11/6/2019

The stock market got off to a weak start this morning, meandered around for much of the afternoon, and ultimately closed on a soft note. Concerns that the long-awaited trade deal between the U.S. and China might be delayed probably put a damper on sentiment. At the end of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at the breakeven mark; the broader S&P 500 Index was ahead two points; and the NASDAQ was lower by 24 points. Market breadth was slightly negative today, with decliners just ahead of advancers on the NYSE. From a sector perspective, the healthcare and consumer names pressed ahead, while the basic materials issues lost ground.

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Stock Market Today: November 5, 2019

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Adam Rosner | 11/5/2019

Stocks made minimal progress today, which is understandable, given the level the market has reached lately. At the end trading, the major averages closed on a mixed note. Specifically, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 31 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was down four points; and the NASDAQ was higher by just about one point. Market breadth showed a divided session, with advancers just about even with decliners on the NYSE. From a sector perspective, the basic materials issues and financial stocks displayed leadership, while the healthcare names and utility stocks moved lower.

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Stock Market Today: November 4, 2019

William G. Ferguson and John E. Seibert III | 11/4/2019

The market started quite positively today, as the bulls were emboldened by favorable comments regarding the United States-China trade negotiations. The markets hit all-time highs on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the NASDAQ Composite, and the S&P 500 Index in the first few moments of the trading session. The composites then pulled back a bit as the session progressed, but then strengthened anew near the end of the day. All told, the Dow closed higher by 115 points; the NASDAQ was up 47 points; and the S&P 500 finished 11 points to the upside.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Chevron Corp. Third Quarter 2019

Robert Mitkowski | 11/1/2019

 Oil giant and Dow-30 member Chevron reported a big earnings miss for the third quarter, but shares held relatively steady.

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