Stock Market Today: July 24, 2017
With second-quarter earnings season warming up, the U.S. stock market experienced a slight, broad-based pullback with select pockets of growth today. Though the Dow and S&P 500 both spent most of the day in the red, both pared losses as the afternoon rolled on. The S&P, in fact, worked its way back near the breakeven line by the close, even though market breadth favored the bears from bell to bell.
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Stock Market Today: July 21, 2017
The major averages ended the week on Friday taking a break from their recent record-setting performances. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was off 32 points; the NASDAQ dropped a couple of points; and the S&P 500 pulled back ever so slightly. Market breadth was more clearly tilted to the downside, but not excessively so. Decliners outpaced advancing issues on both the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. Read more
Stock Market Today: July 20, 2017
The U.S. stock market delivered a somewhat directionless, and ultimately mixed, performance today. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 29 points; the S&P 500 Index was off nominally; and the NASDAQ was higher by five points. Market breadth showed a divided session, with advancers just about even with decliners on the NYSE. Leadership was found in the healthcare and telecommunications names, which offset weakness in the industrials and basic materials issues. Read more
Stock Market Today: July 19, 2017
The U.S. stock market moved nicely higher today, with notable strength in the afternoon. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 66 points; the S&P 500 Index was up 13 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 41 points. Market breadth showed widespread support for equities today, as winners were well ahead of losers on the NYSE. Read more
Stock Market Today: July 18, 2017
Equities put in a weak performance this morning, but managed to firm up as the day progressed. The volatility may have had to do with the fact that traders, while watching the second-quarter earnings season unfold, were also distracted by the latest political developments in the health care arena. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 55 points; while the S&P 500 Index was ahead slightly; and the technology-laden NASDAQ was higher by 27 points. Market breadth was mixed, with advancers about even with decliners on the NYSE. Read more
Stock Market Today: July 17, 2017
The stock market managed to press ahead earlier today, before weakening in the afternoon. At the close of trading, the averages were mixed. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down eight points; the S&P 500 Index was off nominally; and the technology-heavy NASDAQ was higher by two points. Market breadth was slightly favorable, with winners just ahead of losers on the NYSE. Second-quarter earnings season is getting underway. The market will likely react to the news, especially when bellwether companies weigh in with reports that have implications for entire business sectors. Read more
Stock Market Today: July 14, 2017
U.S. stocks began the day on a positive, albeit uneven note. Each of the major indexes spent most of the opening hours above their respective breakeven line, save for the Dow’s momentary, finance-related dip shortly after the opening bell. But after traders digested some mixed information from Corporate America and the business beat, most equities extended their morning gains well into the afternoon. Read more
Stock Market Today: July 13, 2017
Equities put in a choppy session today, but ultimately made some progress. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 21 points; the S&P 500 Index was up five points; and the technology-heavy NASDAQ was higher by 13 points. Market breadth was supportive, as advancers outpaced decliners by a modest margin on the NYSE. Most of the major equity groups pressed ahead, with respectable gains in the financial and energy names. In contrast, the utility and industrial issues were areas of weakness. Read more
Stock Market Today: July 12, 2017
The stock market opened nicely higher this morning, and extended these gains into the afternoon. At the close of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 123 points, taking the blue chip index near record-high ground. The S&P 500 Index was up 18 points; and the technology-heavy NASDAQ was higher by 68 points. Market breadth was quite favorable, with winners well ahead of losers on the NYSE. All the major equity groups participated, with solid gains in the technology and consumer names. While there were no weak sectors today, some of the financials lagged the broader market a bit. Read more
Stock Market Today: July 11, 2017

The stock market was quite volatile today, as traders grappled with, and ultimately shrugged off, some breaking political news. Of note, equities moved higher this morning, sold off sharply at around 11 AM (EDT), but managed to advance irregularly in the afternoon. At the close of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was little changed, the S&P 500 Index was off slightly, and the NASDAQ was higher by 17 points, on strength in technology.

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