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Stock Market Today: September 21, 2018

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Adam Rosner | 9/21/2018

Stocks got off to a constructive start this morning, but encountered some pressure as the session unfolded. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead about 87 points; but the broader S&P 500 Index was off nominally; and the NASDAQ was lower by 41 points.

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Stock Market Today: September 20, 2018

William G. Ferguson and John E. Seibert III | 9/20/2018

The markets had a strong day of trading, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 indexes both hit all-time highs. They started off strongly and continued to rise throughout the day, with the Dow hitting 26,697.49, and the S&P 500 reaching 2,934.80, before retreating slightly in the last part of the trading day. This marks the first new high for the Dow since January, while the S&P bested its August top. These moves were partially based on trade-war fears ebbing a bit and a slightly weaker U.S. dollar, despite new tariffs slated to be enacted on China on September 24th.

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Stock Market Today: September 19, 2018

William G. Ferguson and Robert Mitkowski | 9/19/2018

The major stock averages turned in a mixed performance on Wednesday. A strong rise on the Dow Jones Industrial Average was contrasted by a slight decline on the NASDAQ. The Dow was apparently helped by a lingering feeling of relief that certain proposed tariffs were not as drastic as they might have been. At the close, the Dow Jones Industrials rose 159 points; but the NASDAQ lost six points. Meantime, the S&P 500 edged a few points higher.

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Stock Market Today: September 18, 2018

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Mario Ferro | 9/18/2018

The U.S. equity markets opened today’s session solidly to the upside, and largely added to those gains as the day wore on. Traders appear to have put the latest trade escalations between the U.S. and China, aside, at least temporarily. On Monday President Trump announced a new series of tariffs on goods from the key trading partner, this time targeting another $200 billion in goods. What’s more, he warned of potential further levies down the line. Unsurprisingly, China responded with higher tariffs on U.S. goods, though it fell short of making it a dollar-for-dollar match.

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Stock Market Today: September 17, 2018

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Adam Rosner | 9/17/2018

Equities got off to a soft start this morning, with further weakness developing in the afternoon. Some of today’s selling may have had to do with concerns that the United States will impose more tariffs on China, one of our major trading partners. At the close of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down almost 93 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was off 16 points; and the NASDAQ was lower by 114 points (a more than 1% drop).

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Stock Market Today: September 14, 2018

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Adam Rosner | 9/14/2018

Equities pressed ahead earlier this morning, sank into negative territory around noon, but managed to largely recover by the end of the session. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead nine points; the broader S&P 500 Index was up nominally; but the NASDAQ was off four points. Market breadth showed a mixed session, with advancers just ahead of decliners on the NYSE. The major equity groups were divided, too, as gains in the financials, industrials, and basic materials issues, offset losses in the healthcare and utility stocks.

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Stock Market Today: September 13, 2018

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Adam Rosner | 9/13/2018

The stock market opened sharply higher this morning, and managed to maintain most of these gains through the afternoon. In addition to a favorable batch of economic reports, traders were hopeful that relations with China, our largest trading partner, might soon improve. At the close of the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 147 points, the broader S&P 500 Index was up 15 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 59 points.

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Stock Market Today: September 12, 2018

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and John Seibert | 9/12/2018

The markets continued to trade unevenly during the day, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 finishing just slightly positive at the close. Stocks fell early as trade worries with China loomed large, but the markets recovered a bit on news that the United States has called for a new round of trade talks with that nation.

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Stock Market Today: September 11, 2018

William G. Ferguson and Robert Harrington | 9/11/2018

Following a soft open to Tuesday’s session, the major market averages rose into positive territory, where they remained for most of the remainder of the day. A rebound by tech stocks, led by Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT), helped to offset lingering uncertainty surrounding international trade dealings.

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