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Stock Market Today: September 22, 2021

John E. Seibert III | 09/22/2021

In the early part of yesterday’s trading session, stocks were buoyed by stronger-than-expected housing starts and building permits data for August. Too, the early session rebound was likely some bargain hunting for stocks that had been pummeled during Monday’s session. However, these positives were hurt by continued selling throughout much of the trading day. Growing concerns about inflation, the U.S. Federal Reserve’s upcoming monetary policy decision (at 2:00 P.M. (EDT) today), and a potential slowdown in China’s economy caused the markets to fall to near session lows by the close. Overall, the S&P 500 declined four points, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 51 points. However, the NASDAQ eked out a gain of 33 points during the session. Meantime, the futures market, which moved lower yesterday evening after stock prices were mixed during the trading session, is now decidedly in the green this morning, suggesting a strong start to the trading day.

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Stock Market Today: September 21, 2021

Adam Rosner | 09/21/2021

The U.S. stock market sold off yesterday, as investors worried that the financial distress of a large real estate company in China could create problems elsewhere across the globe. In addition, calls to raise the debt ceiling from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen have become a topic of debate in Washington. Meanwhile, it should be noted that up until recently the stock market has marched higher with little meaningful selling along the way. As a result, the current pullback should not come as a big surprise. Overnight, the international markets have been trading in a mixed fashion. In Asia, the Nikkei moved sharply lower. In Europe, the FTSE 100 has been pressing ahead. Meanwhile, on our shores, the S&P futures are up over 30 points, which indicates a constructive start to the session.

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Stock Market Today: September 20, 2021

William G. Ferguson | 09/20/2021

The world’s major equity markets are under significant selling pressure today after debt concerns in China emerged. These China debt fears, along with the looming debt ceiling debate on Capitol Hill later this month, and an energy market crunch in Europe, sparked financial market fears across the globe. The major U.S. equity futures are down notably this morning, suggesting a sharp selloff at the opening bell.

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Stock Market Today: September 17, 2021

Robert Mitkowski | 09/17/2021

September is thus far living up to its reputation as a choppy month for stocks. No particular path is set in stone, but lately the set of divergent forces influencing the market has been giving more mixed signals than in the recent past. That has chipped away at the raging bullish sentiment that lifted the major averages to one record after another earlier this year.

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Stock Market Today: September 16, 2021

William G. Ferguson | 09/16/2021

This morning, the economy is once again on the minds of investors, with the spotlight on retail sales data for the month of August. The report was much stronger than expected, with retail sales up 0.7%, versus the expectation calling for a decline of 0.7%.

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Stock Market Today: September 15, 2021

John E. Seibert III | 09/15/2021

The U.S. stock market put in a weak day of trading yesterday. And though equity futures are now in positive territory, there may be a choppy start to the session as investors absorb the latest economic reports. 



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Stock Market Today: September 14, 2021

Adam Rosner | 09/14/2021

The U.S. stock market put in a divided session yesterday, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average moved higher and the technology-heavy NASDAQ slipped into negative territory. Investors may have become more cautious, given the number of important economic reports due to be released this week. Meanwhile, on our shores, the equity futures are now ahead, which suggests a constructive start to the session.

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Stock Market Today: September 13, 2021

William G. Ferguson | 09/13/2021

Before the bell, the equity futures are presaging a rally for the U.S. stock market, with some bargain hunting on display after last week’s modest pullback. The market greeted positively reports that new domestic COVID-19 cases fell significantly over the past several days.

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Stock Market Today: September 10, 2021

Adam Rosner | 09/10/2021

The U.S. stock market attempted to advance yesterday, but slipped into negative territory by the end of the session. Lately, Wall Street seems a bit more concerned that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could dampen the economic recovery and weigh on corporate profits.

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