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Stock Market Today: February 15, 2019

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Adam Rosner | 02/15/2019

The stock market moved sharply higher this morning, and managed to extend its gains through the afternoon. Sentiment on Wall Street seems to be improving, with traders hoping that better trade relations with China will give corporate profits an extra boost. At the end of the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 444 points; the S&P 500 Index was up 30 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 45 points. Market breadth showed widespread buying of equities today, with advancers leading decliners on the NYSE. Most of the major equity sectors moved higher.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Coca-Cola Fourth Quarter 2018

Robert M. Greene | 02/14/2019

The Coca-Cola Company's (KO) 2019 outlook left investors wanting more. On the positive side, the generally favorable trends in place throughout 2018 were again evident in the beverage giant's December-quarter results. Improvements in price and mix, for instance, helped to power 5% growth in organic revenues for both the fourth quarter and the full year. The company also showed progress revitalizing its portfolio of low- and no-calorie soft drinks, including the flagship Diet Coke brand, which halted a multiyear decline in retail value.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Cisco Systems Second Quarter Fiscal 2019

Kevin Downing | 02/14/2019

Cisco Systems shares continued to trade higher on solid fiscal second-quarter results and guidance as well as news of a dividend increase.

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Stock Market Today: February 14, 2019

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and John E. Seibert III | 02/14/2019

The market started out much lower today, as a dour retail sales report from the Commerce Department spooked investors. Too, a few key earnings reports impacted the market, as well. However, stock prices started to rebound, as traders started to question how much of the slowdown in sales was attributable to the government shutdown. Meanwhile, news surrounding a new government funding bill boosted sentiment. All told, the Dow finished lower by 104 points, while the S&P 500 was off by seven points, the NASDAQ bucked the trend, and was up seven points.

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Stock Market Today: February 13, 2019

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Adam Rosner | 02/13/2019

The stock market opened higher this morning, but spent the rest of the session trading in a choppy fashion. Some of the strength during the day was likely due to optimism that a deal between the United States and China might soon be reached, and that another round of tariffs could be averted. At the end of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 118 points; the S&P 500 Index was up eight points; and the NASDAQ was higher by six points.

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Stock Market Today: February 12, 2019

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and John E. Seibert III | 02/12/2019

The stock market, sensing some possible optimism on the global trade side, moved into the first part of yesterday's session on a nice up note, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average quickly gaining 90 points. This move came after some Administration officials suggested that high-level talks between the President and his counterpart in China, thought earlier to be off, could still take place by the middle of next month. But, as of this writing, no firm plans had yet been put into effect.

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Stock Market Today: February 11, 2019

William G. Ferguson and Mario Ferro | 02/11/2019

The major indexes began the day in positive territory, but trading became mixed as the session wore on. Although earnings season continues, investors are focusing more on the latest round of trade negotiations between the U.S. and China, which began today in Beijing. As the March 1st deadline for a deal between the two superpowers looms, many market participants are hoping a favorable resolution will help to reignite global economic growth. Also weighing on traders’ minds is the potential for another shutdown in Washington if the two sides of the aisle can’t come to terms.

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Stock Market Today: February 8, 2019

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Robert Mitkowski | 02/08/2019

Stocks were under pressure from the opening bell today, but finished on a firm note, as the snapback rally since 2019 got under way has lost some steam. Deflating news out of Europe is contributing to the loss of enthusiasm. Projections for economic growth in the euro zone have been revised lower lately. In addition, Great Britain’s proposed exit from the European Union has not been resolved in a manner that would clearly avoid disruption.

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Stock Market Today: February 7, 2019

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and John E. Seibert III | 02/07/2019

Today, the futures markets were pointing downward, as the European Union lowered its outlook for growth in 2019. Brexit and a slowdown in China have been taking a toll on the EU’s GDP projections. The U.S. market trended lower during the early trading hours. And worrisome news from White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow that the U.S. and China are still far away from striking a trade deal weighed on the equity indexes. In addition, it was reported that President Trump and President Xi of China are not likely to meet before the March 1st trade negotiation deadline. All told, the Dow finished lower by 221 points, the S&P 500 was down by 26 points, and the NASDAQ fell 87 points.

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