Stock Market Today: February 22, 2018
The equity markets moved nicely higher this morning, but then pulled back around midday, and finished the session on a mixed-to-higher note. At the end of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 165 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was up three points; but the NASDAQ was lower by eight points. Market breadth showed a somewhat divided session, with advancers roughly even with decliners on the NYSE. Read more
Stock Market Today: February 21, 2018
The stock market opened higher this morning, extended its gains into the early afternoon, but then turned sharply lower in the final hour of the session. Today’s reversal seemed to reflect mounting concerns about rising interest rates and higher bond yields, which can create a challenging climate for equities. Read more
Stock Market Today: February 20, 2018
U.S. stock market averages stumbled out of the gate on Tuesday. Declining issues doubled advancing shares, with only the technology sector managing to post a full-day aggregate gain. By the final hour, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 had fallen deeper into negative territory, while the once-strong NASDAQ finished near its breakeven line. Read more
Stock Market Today: February 16, 2018
The major U.S. stock indexes started the Friday before the long President’s Day weekend somewhat undecidedly, but the bulls soon took over the reins. For a while, it looked like equities would easily chalk up a sixth straight win, but things got shaky after it was reported that 13 Russians were indicted for interfering with the 2016 U.S. elections. Read more
Stock Market Today: February 15, 2018
The stock market opened higher, quickly pulled back, and then staged a solid recovery that lasted through the afternoon. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 307 points, crossing over the 25,000 mark; the broader S&P 500 Index was up 33 points; and the technology-laden NASDAQ was higher by 113 points. Market breadth was positive, with winners nicely ahead of losers on the NYSE. From a sector viewpoint, the utility shares and technology stocks led the market higher, while the energy names failed to participate in today’s advance. Read more
Stock Market Today: February 14, 2018
The outcome was in doubt early on, but stocks shrugged off another inflation scare to finish the day sharply higher. At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 253 points; the NASDAQ gained 130 points, which was a better showing on a percentage basis than the Dow; and the S&P 500 finished ahead by 36 points. Market breadth confirmed the upturn, as advancing issues outpaced decliners by better-than a two-to-one margin. Read more
Stock Market Today: February 13, 2018
The stock market got off to a weak start this morning, but managed to reverse course, and move into positive territory in the afternoon. At the close of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 39 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was up seven points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 32 points. Market breadth was somewhat favorable, as advancers led decliners by a modest margin on the NYSE. Read more
Stock Market Today: February 12, 2018
The stock market opened higher this morning, and managed to build on those gains through much of the afternoon. At the close of trading, the major averages were all considerably higher. Specifically, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead roughly 410 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was up 36 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 107 points. Read more
Stock Market Today: February 9, 2018
The U.S. equity markets started off the final day of the week on the upside, giving some hope that the recent carnage on Wall Street may finally be over. However, by late morning, stocks had tumbled back into the red. Read more
Stock Market Today: February 8, 2018
The stock market got off to a weak start this morning, and deteriorated on a much grander scale as the session progressed. In fact, by the close of trading, the major averages were at the low point for the day. Specifically, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down over 1,033 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was off just over 100 points; and the NASDAQ was lower by 275 points. Market breadth indicated widespread selling, with decliners well ahead of advancers on the NYSE. All of the major equity sectors lost ground today, with considerable losses in the technology and consumer names. Meanwhile, the utility issues, while still lower, showed a degree of relative strength. Read more
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