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Dow 30 Earnings: Procter and Gamble Second Quarter Fiscal 2020

Orly Seidman | 1/23/2020

Investors had little reaction to Procter and Gamble’s fiscal second-quarter results, leaving the stock little changed on the news.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Travelers Cos. Fourth Quarter 2019

Alan House | 1/23/2020

Property/Casualty insurer Travelers (TRV) reported solid results for the December period. However, its share price has slipped moderately in trading this morning, along with the broader market averages. Travelers’ shares have performed quite well in recent weeks, and thus it may have been due for a haircut. Looking at it with more granularity, earnings from operations, which exclude capital gains and losses from investments, clocked in at $3.32 a share in the December period, which was a dime higher than our expectation and a whopping 56% higher than the previous-year period.

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Markets / Commentaries
Stock Market Today: January 23, 2020

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and John E. Seibert III | 1/23/2020

The stock market started deeply in the red today, as fears increased about the Wuhan Coronavirus, given that cases were found in other locations. Too, they were speculating how the flu-like virus would impact global growth in 2020. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell well over 200 points in early market action, while the other indices were down in tandem. Overall, the Dow closed lower by 26 points; the S&P 500 rose four points, and the NASDAQ was up 19 points.  

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Dow 30 Earnings: Johnson and Johnson Fourth Quarter 2019

Andre J. Costanza | 1/22/2020

Johnson and Johnson’s fourth-quarter results miss expectations and the shares dip in value accordingly.

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Dow 30 Earnings: International Business Machines Fourth Quarter 2019

Theresa Brophy | 1/22/2020

International Business Machines, (IBM) a global provider of mainframe computers, as well as computer software and services, reported earnings for the December quarter and 2019 that matched expectations, on better-than-anticipated revenues. The company's declining revenues have been a concern in recent years, and the improvement cheered investors, who bid the stock up over 4% during recent trading.

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Stock Market Today: January 22, 2020

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Adam Rosner | 1/22/2020

The equity market opened higher this morning, but reversed course, and softened quite a bit as the session progressed. Initially, traders seemed to be feeling more confident about the medical situation in China, as health officials have taken action to contain a serious virus that has broken out there. Given the size of China’s economy, Wall Street has concerns that a protracted epidemic could be problematic for global trade. At the close of the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 10 points; the broader S&P 500 Index clung to a one-point gain, and the NASDAQ managed to advance 13 points.

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Stock Market Today: January 21, 2020

William G. Ferguson and John E. Seibert III | 1/21/2020

The stock market started in the red today, as trader sentiment waned over the three-day holiday weekend. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 70 points in the early part of the session, while the other indices were down in tandem. However, the markets started to rebound, and the NASDAQ even reached the green for a short spell. Then, news broke that the first recorded case of Wuhan Coronavirus (which has killed six people in China) has been documented in the United States, and the indices all broke lower. Overall, the indices ended the day near the lows, with the Dow closing down 152 points, the S&P 500 was off by nine points, and the NASDAQ fell 18 points.

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Stock Market Today: January 17, 2020

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Adam Rosner | 1/17/2020

The stock market opened higher this morning, but traded in sideways fashion for the remainder of the session. Sentiment was fairly upbeat earlier in the day, but at times the tone seemed subdued, as some fatigue may be starting to set in. At the end of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 50 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was up 13 points, and the NASDAQ was higher by 30 points. Market breadth showed a mixed session, with advancing issues about even with decliners on the NYSE. The utilities, financials, and technology stocks pressed ahead, while the industrial names and basic materials issues lagged the pack.

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Stock Market Today: January 16, 2020

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and John E. Seibert III | 1/16/2020

The stock market started in the green today, as generally good economic news combined with strong earnings results boosted trader sentiment. These factors helped the Dow Jones Industrial Average rise to an all-time high, while the other indices reached new apexes, as well. The markets continued to expand its gains once the U.S. Senate approved the USMCA trade agreement. The markets trended slightly higher throughout much of the day, ending near its high point. All told, the Dow closed higher by 267 points, the S&P was up 28 points, and the NASDAQ rose 98 points.

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