The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite inched forward just 0.7 and 4.9 points respectively to new highs on Friday.
The US stock indices were nearly unchanged throughout the trading day and the S&P 500 ended flat at 2,415.80 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was also nearly unchanged at 21,080.11. The Nasdaq Composite eked out a modest 0.1 per cent gain to end the day at 6,210.20.
For the S&P 500, the record close was the 20th closing high of this year and the 28th record high since the US presidential election. In all of 2016, by comparison, the S&P 500 notched 18 record closings, according to data from S&P Dow Jones indices.
Despite the three record closings this week, the S&P 500 was up just 1.4 per cent from last Friday, with gains in the utilities, information technology and consumer staples sectors, making up for a sell off in the energy sector.
The price of oil had its steepest fall on Thursday in three weeks after Opec said it would extend output cuts as investors appeared disappointed by the agreement. After paring back some losses on Friday, however, Brent crude settled 2.7 per lower for the week. Stocks within the S&P 500 energy index lost 2.2 per cent over the same period.
Elsewhere, the US dollar index measuring the buck against a basket of its peers was also 0.28 per cent higher at 97.417.
Mark your calendars China watchers.
MSCI will on June 20 announce whether it would finally include China’s domestic A-shares in its global indices.
The US index provider last June delayed for a third straight year the A-shares’ inclusion into its benchmark $1.5tn emerging markets stock index, citing regulation worries and accessibility for global investors.
Inclusion on the index would have been a major step forward for Beijing as it attempts to open up its financial markets and attract foreign capital.
Ahead of this year’s decision, China has embarked on a series of new actions aimed at addressing these concerns. Its banking regulator has launched a “regulatory windstorm” while the central bank has made the first move to ease capital controls, providing much needed liquidity to the offshore renminbi market.
Meanwhile, BlackRock has for the first time publicly backed the inclusion of onshore stocks in MSCI’s indices and Chinese officials have even criticised dividend-dodging companies, dubbed “iron cockerels”, and promised extra scrutiny.
S&P down -0.05%. Nasdaq unchanged. Dow -0.10%
The markets got the broad brush strokes of Pres. Trumps tax plan from the team of Mnuchin and Cohn. The stock market was not all that impressed (or the 2x +200 days already had a lot priced in).
Anyway, the US stocks was able to still stay positive until the very end when the prices dipped into the red.
At the end of the day:
- The S&P ended down -1.16 points or -0.05% to 2387.45. The high for the day toyed with the 2400 level (high reached 2398.16). The low came in at 2386.76.
- The Dow fell by -21.03 points or -0.10%. The high extended to 21070. The low reached 20972.27. The index closed at 20975.09.
- The Nasdaq is ending the day down -0.265 points, unchanged on the day. The high extended to 6040.89. The low 6021.719. The close 6025.227.
Not today Trump. France has an election.
The major US indices are ending the day lower but losses are somewhat modest. Even Trumps claim that big tax cuts are coming next week did not have an impact. France elections this week helped to keep the lid on equities.
For the day:
- S&P ended down -0.30% to 2248.69. The high reached 2356.18. The low 2344.51. The index failed to close above the 50 day MA this week at 2357.42 despite a few tries to break back above. That is a little more bearish at the end of the week and something to watch in the early part of next week.
- One day after closing at a record level, the Nasdaq is closing at 5910.52 down -6.254 points or -0.11%
- The Dow fell by -30.95 points or -0.15%
For the week:
- S&P indeix is ending the week with a gain of 0.85%
- Nasdaq is ending with a gain of 1.82%
- The Dow is ending up 0.46%
For the year to date:
- S&P is up 4.91%
- Nasdaq is up 9.8%
- Dow is up 3.97%
S&P, Nasdaq and Dow.
The major US stock indices are all closing lower. Moreover the S&P index is closing below it’s 50 day MA for the first time since the 8th of November. The 50 day MA comes in at 2350.92. Yesterday, the price fell below that MA line (it also fell below on March 27th) but recovered by the close. Today, was not so lucky as the price is not only closing below the MA line, but also closing nearer the low.
- The Nasdaq is closing down -30.612 points or -0.52%
- The Dow industrial average is closing down -59.44 points or -0.29%
For your guide the 50 day MA comes in 5828.43. The index settled at 5826.16 today.
Wall Street failed to hang on to its modest gains on Friday as escalating tensions between the US and Russia over President Donald Trump’s surprise airstrike on Syria weighed on investor sentiment.
The S&P 500 gave up gains of as much as 0.3 per cent to end the day 0.1 per cent lower at 2,355.54. For the week, the index is down 0.3 per cent.
It’s a similar story for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which closed largely unchanged for the day, as well as for the week at 20.656.10, after having advanced as much as 0.3 per cent earlier on Friday.
The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite also ended the day flat at 5,877.81 after reaching a session high of 5,892.06.
Stocks had a choppy Friday, with the major indices swinging between minor losses and gains as the markets weighed a weaker-than-expected March jobs report against Mr Trump’s latest foreign-policy shift and a terror attack in Stockholm.
It has been 109 days since the market moved 1% either way. All indices down over 1% today.
The US stock market hit the skids today on concerns about the Trump agenda for healthcare, taxes, regulation…you name it.
In the major indices:
- The Nasdaq traded to new all time highs at the start of the day but ended the day down -1.83%. Ouch.
- The S&P index fell by -1.24%. The high reached 2381.93. The low extended to 2341.90. The all time high for the S&P reached 2400.
- The Dow fell by -1.14 points to 20667. It peaked above 21000.
All three indices are now down on the month with the :
- S&P now down -0.83%,
- The Dow down -0.69% and
- The Nasdaq down -0.54%.
For the year, the indices are still higher so all is not lost. Looking at the major indices, the:
- Nasdaq up 7.63%
- S&P up 4.70%
- The Dow up 4.58%
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 7.73 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,372.60. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 44.79 points, or 0.2 percent, to 20,902.98. The Nasdaq composite added 22.92 points, or 0.4 percent, to 5,861.73.
Stocks had mostly fallen since March 1, the day indexes soared to their most recent record highs.
Overall it was a slow week for stocks. The current bull market had its eighth anniversary, but six-week winning streaks for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended, and the Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks took its biggest loss in three months.
U.S. employers added 235,000 jobs in February, according to the Department of Labor. The gains in hiring and pay, along with higher consumer and business confidence since the November election, could lift spending and investment in coming months and accelerate economic growth.
A poor jobs report was probably the last thing that could have stopped the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates next week.
Stocks shook of earlier losses and ended higher Tuesday, led by a rise in bank stocks as major indexes pushed further into record territory.
The Dow Jones industrial average gained 92 points, or 0.5%, to an all-time closing high well above that landmark 20,000 level — and a little over halfway to the next 1,000-point rung, at 20,504.41.
Meanwhile the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 0.4% and the Nasdaq composite index gained 0.3%. Both indexes also set new all-time closing highs. All three indexes’ previous closing highs came in Monday’s session.
Bond yields rose after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank is still on track to raise interest rates gradually.
Yellen answered questions before a Senate committee, and she said that the strengthening job market and a modest move higher in inflation should warrant continued, gradual increases in interest rates.
Bond yields moved higher immediately following Yellen’s comments. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.47% from 2.43% late Monday.
Stocks around the world continued to push higher Monday, and U.S. indexes again hit records. Bond yields climbed.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 12.15 points, or 0.5%, to close at a record 2,328.25 and topped $20 trillion in market value for the first time ever. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 142.79 points, or 0.7%, to an all-time closing high of 20,412.16. The Nasdaq composite gained 29.83 points, or 0.5%, to a record 5,763.96.
Treasury yields also rose as the yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.43% from 2.41% late Friday. Two-year and 30-year Treasury yields also notched higher.
Roughly five stocks rose for every three that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Financial stocks helped lead the way, and those in the S&P 500 rose 1.3%. That’s the largest gain among the 11 sectors that make up the index. Raw-material producers and industrial companies were also strong.
Stocks resumed their upward climb last week after stalling for a couple weeks. Strong earnings reports have helped drive the gains. The majority of companies in the S&P 500 that have reported fourth-quarter earnings so far, 69%, have beaten Wall Street’s expectations, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. It’s mostly come through companies keeping control of costs better than analysts were forecasting.