Stock Market Today: April 17, 2014

Stocks on Thursday closed out the holiday shortened week in relatively quiet fashion, but posted nice gains overall for the four-day period. Stocks bounced back this week after last week’s bruising, which saw 2%-3% declines on the major averages after selling in high-priced tech and biotech shares spilled over into the broader market. Read more

Stock Market Today: April 16, 2014

Stocks continued to rally in this holiday-shortened week, and managed to do so today without the volatility that caused some consternation on Monday and Tuesday. At the end of the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 162 points and the NASDAQ was 52 points to the good. Read more

Stock Market Today: April 15, 2014

The major stock averages closed higher today in a session that experienced notable ups and downs. At the end of the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 89 points and the NASDAQ moved up 11 points. Market breadth was not altogether convincing, though, with the number of advancing shares topping decliners by a three-to-two margin on the Big Board, but more NASDAQ stocks were in the red than there were gainer Read more

Stock Market Today: April 14, 2014

It has been a rollercoaster ride for investors over the last fortnight. Today was no different as the major U.S. equity indexes initially rallied off of last week’s difficult final two trading days. It appeared to be a case of some bargain hunting on Wall Street, with the bulls helped by some encouraging economic and earnings news. Read more

Stock Market Today: April 11, 2014

It was a wild week on Wall Street, as the major equity averages went on a bit of a rollercoaster ride over the five-day stretch. The major indexes started the week to the downside, then rallied some in the middle of week before falling sharply over the final two trading sessions. For the better part of the stretch, the bears were flexing their muscles, with the technology and healthcare (particularly biotech) stocks feeling the wrath of the investment community. Read more

Stock Market Today: April 10, 2014

The U.S. stock market got off to a weak start this morning, and the losses accelerated through the afternoon and into the close. The fact that the buy-the-dip crowd did not move in to support equities was duly noted. At the close of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was off 267 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was lower by 39 points; and the NASDAQ was down 130 points, losing over 3% for the day. Read more

Stock Market Today: April 9, 2014

The U.S. equity market rally continued today and in a big way. All told, the major market averages were nicely higher at the start of session day and carried those gains into the second half of trading. Then at 2:00 P.M. (EDT), with a boost from the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last monetary policy meeting, the buying picked up and the gains were extended through to the closing bell. Read more

Stock Market Today: April 8, 2014

After three consecutive weaker trading sessions on Wall Street, the bulls showed some life today. As noted here earlier, there was not much in the way of economic or earnings news to whet the appetite of investors, so we would chalk up today’s performance as some selective bargain hunting. Read more

Stock Market Today: April 7, 2014

The U.S. equity market — and the international indexes as well — were under significant selling pressure once again today after two very difficult sessions stateside to end last week for those long equities. The selling, which was mostly driven by the technology and biotech stocks last week, was a bit more encompassing today. Read more

Stock Market Today: April 4, 2014

Stocks fell sharply to finish out the week, although a couple of the major averages still managed to post modest gains for the last five trading days as a whole. Read more
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