Stocks ended mixed Thursday as retailers dominated the news with Macy’s and Kohl’s both plunging following weak holiday-season reports that led the chains to cut their profit forecasts.
Still, the Nasdaq composite’s modest gain of 11 points, or 0.2%, was enough to notch a new all-time high. Settling at at 5487.94, it topped the old record by half a point.
The Dow Jones industrial average finished down 43 points, a 0.2% decline to 19,899.29. Losing 0.1% was the S&P 500, which settled at 2269 even.
nvestors were also focusing on upcoming U.S. jobs data following the publication of the minutes to the Federal Reserve’s last board meeting.
Private U.S. companies added 153,000 jobs in December, according to payroll processor ADP. That total was a bit lower than analysts expected and slightly slower than the pace of hiring for the rest of 2016. The government will issue its own hiring report on Friday.
Stocks climbed Wednesday as Wall Street posted a second straight day of gains in the new year and the Dow once again approached the 20,000 milestone.
The Dow Jones industrial average ended up 60 points, or 0.3%, to 19,942.16. The blue-chip index rose has come close to topping 20,000 several times in recent weeks but each time it gets near has pulled back. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 0.6% and the Nasdaq composite index gained 0.9%. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq are near their record closing highs.
Stocks maintained their gains following the release of the minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting that provided clues to why policymakers raised interest rates in December for only the second time since 2006 and forecast three rate hikes in 2017 instead of the two moves previously anticipated.
Fed officials said they might have to raise interest rates faster than anticipated to prevent rapidly falling unemployment and President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal stimulus from fueling excessive inflation, according to minutes of the Fed’s December 13-14 meeting.
Benchmark U.S. crude was up 1.8% to $53.24 a barrel in New York. It lost $1.39 on Tuesday.
What a difference a year makes. The U.S. stock market kicked off the first day of trading of 2017 with solid gains, a year after plunging in the opening session of 2016 on its way to its worst week to start a year ever.
The benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index — which closed up 0.9% to 2258 — posted a gain on the first trading day of a new year for the first time since 2013. Last year, the large-company stock index cratered 1.53% on January’s first trading session — its sixth-worst Day 1 percentage loss and worst annual kickoff since 2001 — on its way to a worst-ever first week of the year decline of 5.96%, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. The S&P 500, however, rebounded and finished 2016 up 9.5%.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose as much 176 points before pulling back and finishing up 119 points, or 0.6%, to 19,882. The blue-chip index came within 105 points of 20,000 after a late-year flirtation with the milestone fell short. The technology-packed Nasdaq rose 0.9% and the small-company Russell 2000 stock index, which gained 19.5% in 2016, finished up 0.5%.
Stocks sank on the last trading day of 2016, with the Dow now 237 points short of the 20,000 milestone that it came closest to hitting on Dec. 20.
It was merely a weak end to a very strong year, however, with the S&P 500 gaining 9.5% and the small-company Russell 2000 jumping 19.5% for 2016.
For the day, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 0.3%, off 57 points to 19,762.60. But for 2016, the blue chips gained 13.4%.
The S&P 500 ended 0.5% lower for the day, while the Nasdaq composite fell 0.9%
Global stocks mostly rose on the year’s last day of trading, with Britain’s index rallying to hit another all-time high. The FTSE 100, which was trading for only a half day, rose 0.3%. That leaves the index 14.4% higher over 2016. Elsewhere in Europe, Germany’s DAX rose 0.3%, while France’s CAC 40 gained 0.5%.
U.S. stocks ended lower Thursday as health care companies took more losses and investors’ Dow 20,000 watch goes on.
The Dow Jones industrial average finished 0.1% lower, down 23 points to 19,918.88, and 81 short of the never-reached 20,000 level. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite lost 0.2 % and 0.4%, respectively.
Alibaba (BABA) fell 2.8% after the U.S. government put the Chinese e-commerce company back on a list of marketplaces that sell large amounts of counterfeit goods and is slow to respond when companies complain about knockoffs. Chinese regulators have made similar criticisms.
Benchmark U.S. crude gained about 0.9% to $52.95 a barrel in New York. Energy companies made modest gains.
Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note climbed to 2.56% from 2.54%.
The dollar dipped to 117.43 yen from 117.54 yen. The euro rose to $1.0455 from $1.0427.
Stocks in Europe were also quiet. The DAX in Germany lost 0.2% and France’s CAC-40 fell less than 0.2%. In Britain, the FTSE 100 got a 0.1% lift. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index edged 0.1% lower and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 0.8%. The South Korean Kospi fell 0.1%.
After coming within 13 points of 20,000, the Dow Jones industrial average fell shy of the milestone but still notched a fresh all-time high.
The Dow closed up 91.56 points, or 0.5%, and closed at its 17th record closing high since Election Day at 19,974.62, or less than 25 points shy of 20,000. During the session it notched an intraday record high of 19,987.63 in morning trading. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 0.4% and closed at 2270.76, just shy of its record closing high. The Nasdaq composite index hit a record close of 5483.94, after rising 26.50 points, or 0.5%, to 5483.94.
The blue-chip index has made several attempts to break through the 20,000 mark but each time it’s fallen just short. The index has rallied strongly since the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president amid hopes that the incoming administration will be kind to business and back more spending on such things as infrastructure.
Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.57% from 2.54%. Bond yields have jumped to longtime highs over the last few months but they fell sharply yesterday. Higher yields allow banks to charge more money for loans, so financial firms traded higher. Goldman Sachs (GS) added 1.7% and Bank of America (BAC) gained 1%.
Benchmark U.S. crude gained 11 cents to $52.23 per barrel in New York.
The waiting game for Dow 20,000 continues — even after the Fed’s Wednesday announcement of a rate hike — as the blue chip stock gauge failed to hit the market milestone after flirting with history in the previous trading session.
Stocks treaded water till the Fed’s announcement of a quarter-point hike, which came two hours before the 4 p.m. ET market close. The major indexes seesawed, climbing and then losing steam.
The Dow slid 0.6% — down 119 points. It’s about 207 shy of that never-reached 20,000 milestone.
Down by a larger amount was the S&P 500, which shed 0.8%. The Nasdaq composite lost 0.5%.
The Dow, arguably the world’s best-known stock market barometer that’s been around since 1896 and which is made up of 30 of America’s best-known blue chip companies, climbed as high as 19,953.75 Tuesday before paring some gains and closing up 114.78 points to 19,911.21.
The trek to Dow 20,000 continues.
It’s taken nearly 120 years to get close to this point as the Dow Jones industrial average came within 47 points Tuesday of its biggest milestone yet.
The race to 20,000 for the blue chip stock index, which began way back in 1896, picked up speed after Election Day on hopes that president-elect Donald Trump’s policies will stoke growth.
At its afternoon intraday record peak, the Dow was up more than 155 points, or 0.8%, to a high of 19,953.75, before pulling back slightly to close up 114.78 points, or 0.6%, to close at 19,911.21.
Since Election Day the Dow has surged about 9%, from around 18,300 . The Dow made history back during the Internet stock boom in 1999 when it first crossed the 10,000 mark.
Since then, the Dow has suffered through two brutal bear markets, the first in 2000-2002 following the dot-com stock crash and then 2007-2009 during the Great Recession.
Not even the threat of an interest rate hike next week from the Federal Reserve could derail the U.S. stock market’s record-setting run as Wall Street posted its best five days since the presidential election and doubled down on its bet of better times ahead under new political leadership at the White House.
The bullish vibe on Wall Street is best illustrated by the blue chip Dow Jones industrial average, which surged nearly 600 points, or 3.1%, on its way to posting a fresh all-time high on each trading day of the just-ended week.
The Dow, which is up 13.4% this year, is now within 243 points of Dow 20,000, a milestone few imagined was possible at the bottom of the bear market back on March 9, 2009, when the Dow fell to 6,547.05.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index, Nasdaq composite and small-stock Russell 2000 also finished the week at record levels.
The big gains came even though Wall Street is pricing in a nearly 100% chance of an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve Wednesday, its final meeting of the year. Wall Street is expecting a quarter of a percentage point rise by the Fed, which would mark the U.S. central bank’s first rate hike of 2016, despite forecasts at the start of the year for three or four hikes.
Following the Fed’s meeting Wednesday, Wall Street’s attention will turn to its policy statement, its updated projections for the economy, inflation and future rate hikes, as well as Fed chair Janet Yellen’s comments during a press conference with reporters.
The big run-up in stock prices, up to this point, has been based mainly on hopes that Trump’s policies will boost economic growth as well as corporate sales and profits
Stocks gained Thursday, the Nasdaq joining the Dow, S&P 500 and Russell 2000 in record territory as all four indexes hit new all-time closing highs.
After a quiet start, major U.S. stock indexes jumped in afternoon trading as the market built on a surge the previous day. Banks and basic materials companies made the biggest gains, and technology companies also climbed. Defense contractors and other industrial companies took losses.
The small-stock Russell 2000 surged 1.5%.
Meanwhile the Dow Jones industrial average ended up about 65 points, or 0.3%. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 0.2%. The Nasdaq composite jumped 0.4%.
These are the new closing highs for the four indexes:
► Dow: 19,614.81
► S&P 500: 2246.19
► Nasdaq: 5417.36
► Russell 2000: 1386.37
U.S. government bond prices fell, sending yields higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.40% from 2.34%. That drove banks stocks up since higher interest rates will allow banks to charge more for lending money. Goldman Sachs (GS), which has surged 32% since the presidential election and is trading at a nine-year high, was up 2.5%, and Bank of America (BAC) picked up 1.7%.
European stocks climbed for the second day in a row. Germany’s DAX index was up 1.8% and France’s CA 40 index gained 0.9%. London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.4%.