Walmart Exceeds Wall Street's Expectations; Oil Prices Fall Below $75 a Barrel
Stocks end the day slightly up after experiencing a roller coaster of a day. The Dow also managed to squeak out another record close while the S&P 500 fell short. Stocks can thank Walmart (WMT) for ending slightly higher as the nation's largest retailer released a better-than-expected expected earnings report. Crude oil prices continue to fall, plunging below $75 a barrel for the first time in 4 years. Crude oil fell 4%, or $2.97, to end at $74.21 today; oil is currently down 31% since late June and hit its lowest level since September of 2010.