Stock Market Today: April 23, 2014

Wall Street entered last week, a holiday shortened four-day affair, seemingly on the cusp of a long-awaited and likely overdue stock market correction. What has transpired since that shaky time has been anything but such a reversal. In fact, stocks have steamed full speed ahead, with the latest session one of the better ones, as the equity market posted a wire-to-wire win throwing off much of the prior session's hesitation in the process. Read more

Stock Market Today: April 22, 2014

Stocks continued their winning ways today on earnings and economic news that was good enough, plus a spark from a pickup in merger and acquisition activity. At the close, although off their best levels of the session, the Dow Jones was up 65 points, the NASDAQ had gained 40 points, and the S&P 500 was almost eight points to the good. Read more

Stock Market Today: April 21, 2014

The major U.S. equity indexes extended last week’s gains during the first session of the new trading week—the S&P 500 Index rose for the fifth consecutive session—but it still was not an overly convincing win for the bulls. The averages traded in a tight positive band for much of the day in a low-volume environment. We think there were a few reasons for the lack of activity, including many traders still being away for the long-holiday weekend and maybe a bit of apprehension to make a major move ahead of a heavy dose of earnings reports the next four days. In fact, nearly one-third of the S&P 500 companies are scheduled to report their latest quarterly results this week. Read more

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
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