Markets / Commentaries
Stock Market Today: December 18, 2017
William G. Ferguson and Robert Mitkowski | 12/18/2017
Stocks have started off the week touching record highs on optimism over the passage of pending legislation in Congress that would significantly lower corporate tax rates. Right around the noon hour on the East Coast, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up close to 180 points; the NASDAQ is ahead by around 59 points; and the S&P 500 is about 16 points to the good.
Markets / CommentariesStock Market Today: December 15, 2017
Harvey S. Katz, CFA, Mario Ferro, and Robert Harrington | 12/15/2017
Each of the U.S. indexes reached new all-time highs on Friday as optimism for tax reform spurred a bell-to-bell rally. While the bullish run was partly supported by the morning’s positive economic updates (U.S. industrial production edged higher, capacity utilization reached a two-year high), the primary driver today was optimism from The Hill. The upturn was not limited to large-cap issues. In fact, the S&P Small-Cap 600 and Russell 2000 both outpaced the major composites.
Markets / CommentariesStock Market Today: December 14, 2017
Harvey S. Katz, CFA and William G. Ferguson | 12/14/2017
The equity market got off to a solid start this morning, but lost ground as the session progressed. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 77 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was off 11 points; and the NASDAQ was lower by 19 points. Market breadth was negative, as losers outpaced winners by a wide margin on the NYSE.
Markets / CommentariesThe Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates At Its December 2017 FOMC
Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 12/13/2017
The Federal Reserve, which has become increasingly transparent in recent years, again lived up to its reputation, voting to raise interest rates following the conclusion of its two-day FOMC meeting, which adjourned at 2:00 PM (EST) this afternoon.
Markets / CommentariesStock Market Today: December 13, 2017
Harvey S. Katz, CFA, Robert Mitkowski, and Adam Rosner | 12/13/2017
The stock market delivered a selectively constructive, but quite choppy, session today. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 81 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was off one point; and the NASDAQ was higher by 13 points. The sentiment was generally positive today, as advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE.
Markets / CommentariesStock Market Today: December 12, 2017
Harvey S. Katz, CFA, Adam Rosner, and Robert Harrington | 12/12/2017
Though overall market breadth was largely mixed on Tuesday, some auspicious developments regarding tax reform helped to drive several pockets of the market higher. Financials, healthcare, and telecommunications stocks were the leaders, with technology and utilities (another one of Monday’s stalwarts) somewhat offsetting that optimism. As the closing bell neared, the S&P 500 and Dow each slipped from their all-time intraday highs set around noon, but still remained well above their breakeven lines. Tomorrow’s decision by the Fed, as well as a new Consumer Price Index reading, will complement tax reform as the main factors likely to influence trading.
Markets / CommentariesStock Market Today: December 11, 2017
William G. Ferguson and Robert Harrington | 12/11/2017
The major U.S. indexes shook off early-morning volatility on Monday afternoon. The gains were propelled by strength in the energy and technology sectors, which helped to negate jitters following the terrorist attack near New York’s Times Square. The tech-laden NASDAQ was accordingly the best-performing large-cap composite. With a dearth of updates on the tax reform front, which has been the primary headline-grabbing factor in recent weeks, investors in small-cap equities are apparently collecting some profits.
Markets / CommentariesStock Market Today: December 8, 2017
Harvey S. Katz, CFA, Mario Ferro, and Robert Harrington | 12/08/2017
An upbeat November jobs report propelled the bulls on Friday, with each of the three major indexes registering strong full-day gains. As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it reported nonfarm payrolls had increased 228,000 positions last month, beating expectations. The average hourly wages grew slightly, while the unemployment rate remained by its 17-year low of 4.1%. This set the stage for a mostly uninterrupted rally to close the week.
Markets / CommentariesStock Market Today: December 7, 2017
Harvey S. Katz, CFA, William G. Ferguson, and Adam Rosner | 12/07/2017
Equities moved nicely higher this morning, pulled back around noon, but managed to firm up selectively late in the session. At the end of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 71 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was ahead eight points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 36 points. Market breadth was supportive, as advancers outpaced decliners on the NYSE.