Stock Market Today: October 18, 2017
Amidst mostly mixed overall market breadth, the major U.S. equities traded higher for most of the day, driven by optimism stemming from corporate earnings season and an encouraging update from the Federal Reserve. The positive sentiment was driven once more by the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which broached the 23,000 threshold at the open and added to its daily gains as the session wore on. While recent strength would suggest some possible vulnerability down the road, the prospect of tax reform could well spur the blue chip index toward 24,000 by the end of the year. By the closing bell, however, both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ had fallen back toward their breakeven lines. Read more
Stock Market Today: October 17, 2017

The stock market put in a mixed performance today, as traders digested the latest batch of corporate profit reports. At the close of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 40 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was up two points; and the NASDAQ was nominally lower. Market breadth was slightly negative, as declining issues outnumbered advancers by a narrow margin on the NYSE. From a sector perspective, the healthcare and utility issues showed some leadership, while the financials, energy, and basic materials issues retreated.

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Stock Market Today: October 16, 2017
The stock market started out the new week with a quiet, but constructive, session. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead roughly 85 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was up four points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 18 points. However, market breadth suggested a somewhat divided showing, as advancers and decliners were just about even on the NYSE. From a sector point of view, the technology, financial, and energy names displayed some leadership, while the healthcare stocks and the utilities declined modestly. Read more
Stock Market Today: October 13, 2017
In a session mostly dominated by the bulls, each of the large-cap indexes set all-time intraday trading highs on Friday before seeing their gains moderated in the lead-up to the closing bell. The optimism was led by the basic materials sector, with consumer cyclicals and technology stocks also doing a large part of the legwork. The market appears to be pricing in the growing sentiment that U.S. corporations will deliver better-than-expected growth in the nascent reporting season. For the day, advancing shares outnumbered declining issues by a ratio of 1.5-to-1.0. Read more
Stock Market Today: October 12, 2017
The stock market got off to a weak start this morning, managed to advance slightly around midday, but turned lower again in the afternoon. At the close of the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 32 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was off four points; and the NASDAQ was lower by 12 points. Market breadth showed a divided session, as advancing issues were about even with decliners on the NYSE. From a sector perspective, the consumer non-cyclical stocks and the basic materials issues moved higher, offsetting weakness in the telecom and energy names. Read more
Stock Market Today: October 11, 2017

The stock market got off to a tentative start this morning, but managed to shape up nicely as the session progressed. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 42 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was ahead nearly five points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 16 points.

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Stock Market Today: October 10, 2017
Though the major market indexes were more mixed on Tuesday, the session went to the bulls in the end. Advancing shares outnumbered declining issues steadily throughout the day, with strength in the noncyclical consumer goods leading the charge. The positive undertone offset yesterday’s bearish tilt. Read more
Stock Market Today: October 9, 2017

A mixed job report at the end of last week and the looming third-quarter earnings season contributed to a directionless market on Monday. Recent bullishness has been driven by largely positive economic data and a renewed optimism that the White House will deliver on its promise of tax reform. When the closing bell rang, each of the major indexes was firmly in the red.  

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Stock Market Today: October 6, 2017
A disappointing jobs report set the stage for daylong profit taking on Friday. The back-and-forth was broad-based, but mostly modest. The consumer non-cyclicals and telecommunications sectors were among the biggest laggards. Energy, impacted more by industry-specific developments than the Labor Department’s release, shed more-than 1% in aggregate value. Overall, breadth was negative, with the number of declining issues nearly double that of gaining shares. Read more
Stock Market Today: October 5, 2017
After a mixed session yesterday, most U.S. equities registered positive gains on Thursday. Advancing shares outnumbered declining issues by a 1.6-to-1.0 ratio, a bullish turnaround from yesterday’s slight selloff of small- and mid-cap stocks. The financial and energy sectors led the charge, offsetting modest weakness in other areas, such as healthcare and utilities. Once again, each of the large-cap indexes hit intraday trading highs a little after lunchtime. But unlike yesterday, they all remained close to these high levels as the closing bell rang. Read more
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