Daily Market Commentary

Dow Drops 280, Markets Down Across the World

April 17th, 2015

The Dow started the trading day down 200 and could not recover from there, as stock markets across the world fell today. The story was much the same for the NASDAQ and S&P 500, which both stumbled out of the gate and never bounced back. The Dow closed down -279.47 points, ending the day at … READ MORE

Markets End the Day Down After a Promising Afternoon

April 16th, 2015

Markets closed down today after a mid-morning rally put all three major exchanges in the black. At the very end of the trading day, the floor fell out and all of the gains turned to losses. The Dow closed down slightly at 18,105.77, losing -6.84 points on the day. The NASDAQ and S&P 500 followed … READ MORE

Markets Up on Oil Rise to $56

April 15th, 2015

All three major markets ended the day up, with the NASDAQ leading the way in real gains at 0.68%. The Dow added 75.91 points to close at 18,112.61, peeking its head through the 18k ceiling again. The NASDAQ gained 33.73 points and closed at 5,011.02. The S&P 500 was up 10.79 points and closed at … READ MORE

Tech Keeps the NASDAQ Low, Dow and S&P Up Slightly

April 14th, 2015

Markets were mixed in lighter than usual trading today. The NASDAQ ended the day at 4,977.29 and closed down -10.96 points. The Dow was up 59.66 points as the market continued to sluggishly push against the 18k ceiling that’s been in effect this quarter. The S&P 500 was also up, adding another 3.41 points to … READ MORE

A Good Day Turns Ugly For The Dow

April 13th, 2015

Markets were up and down all morning, but they settled down into a losing trend after lunch. The Dow lost -80.61 points and closed at 17,977.04. The NASDAQ performed the best of the major markets, but it still lost -7.73 points today to close at 4,988.25. The S&P 500 fell -9.63 points and closed the … READ MORE

Markets End Slow Week on a High Note

April 10th, 2015

Markets closed a slow week on the upswing today. The Dow gained 98.82 points to close at 18,057.55. The NASDAQ was up 21.41, and the S&P 500 grew by 10.88 points. In overseas trading, only Japan’s Nikkei dipped today. The Hang Seng closed the week with another big 342 point gain, and Germany’s DAX rose … READ MORE

The Dow Gains 56 As Bonds Show Signs of Stabilizing

April 9th, 2015

Markets were up across the board today, as bond yields reversed course and bonds rose 0.06%. The Dow gained 56.22 points to close at 17,958.73. The S&P 500 was up 9.28 and closed at 2,091.18. The NASDAQ was up 23.75 points, and closed the day at 4,974.57. In overseas trading, every major market rose. The … READ MORE

High Tech Trading, Major Merger Drive Markets Up

April 8th, 2015

Trading today was slow, but all three major exchanges ended the day up slightly. The NASDAQ, with its focus on high tech stocks, made the largest gains. It ended the day at 4,950.82, up 40.59 points. The Dow was up 27.09 points to close at 17,902.51. The S&P 500 added 5.57 points and closed at … READ MORE

Domestic Exchanges Fall Flat as Foreign Markets Rise

April 7th, 2015

American markets were flat in trading today, as all three major exchanges lost a couple of points. The Dow fell -5.43 points, the NASDAQ was down -7.09, and the S&P 500 lost -4.29. That stood in contrast to foreign markets, which were nearly all in the black. London’s FTSE gained 130.72 points, while Hong Kong’s … READ MORE

Dow Up 117 as Oil Prices Break Through $50

April 6th, 2015

All three major markets were up in trading today. The Dow gain 117.61 to close at 17,880.85. The NASDAQ was up 30.38 to close at 4,917.32, as the tech industry soared. The S&P 500 gained 13.66 points to end the day at 2,080.62. In overseas trading, markets were mixed. The UK, France, and Hong Kong … READ MORE

Another 65 Point Gain for the Dow Leaves Investors Shrugging

April 3rd, 2015

The stock market continued to slowly recover today, with the Dow gaining 65.06 points to close at 17,763.24. The Dow is still hundreds of points below the 18,000 ceiling that it hit last week, and there was no sign during trading this week that it would come close to approaching it. The NASDAQ lagged both … READ MORE

Dow Bounces Back 65 Points in the Beginnings of a Sluggish Recovery

April 2nd, 2015

The markets staged a sluggish comeback today, with all three major exchanges posting gains, however small they may be. The Dow added 65.06 points to close at 17,763.24 while the NASDAQ gained 6.71 points to close at 4,886.94. The S&P 500 grew by 7.27 points to end the day’s trading at 2,066.96. In overseas trading, … READ MORE

Markets Continue to Fall as the Dow Loses 78 Points

April 1st, 2015

Markets continued to fall today, losing about half of a percent across the board. The Dow fell by -77.94 points, or 0.44%, to close at 17,698.18. The S&P 500 was down juyst -8.20 points and closed at 2,059.69. The NASDAQ was hit harder, shedding -20.66 points and closing out the day’s trading at 4,880.23. In … READ MORE

Dow Falls 200 Points in Massive Selloff

March 31st, 2015

Markets fell today as investors sold off shares at a higher than normal trade volume. The Dow dropped -200.19 points to close at 17.776.12. The NASDAQ fell -46.55 points to 4,900.89, and the S&P 500 lost -18.35 points to close at 2,067.89. In overseas trading, markets were down across the world. London’s FTSE lost almost … READ MORE

Markets Soar on Monday After a Very Slow Week

March 30th, 2015

Markets were booming in trading today, with gains posted across the board. The Dow was up 263.65 points, and closed at 17,976.31, on slightly higher than average volume. The NASDAQ grew by 56.22 points and closed at 4,947.44. The S&P 500 gained 25.22 points and ended the day’s trading at 2,086.24. In overseas trading, markets … READ MORE

Everything You Need to Know About the Heinz Kraft Merger

March 27th, 2015

Ever since news broke at 5:30AM Tuesday morning that Heinz, owned by Berkshire-Hathaway (BRK.A), is buying out Kraft Foods (KRFT), has been looking through the S-4 filings and accompanying paperwork. We’ve gone through hundreds of pages of documentations and pulled out the core facts that every investor needs to know about the upcoming merger. … READ MORE

No Friday Rally for the Markets as Stocks Remain Flat

March 27th, 2015

Markets were essentially flat in trading today, with no rally in sight. The NASDAQ outperformed both the Dow and S&P 500. Still, none of the markets moved very far, with all three gaining less than half of a percentage point. The Dow was up 34.43 points in trading today, and closed at 1,712.66. The NASDAQ … READ MORE

Markets Continue to Drop, Dow Loses Another 40 Points

March 26th, 2015

Markets fell today in slightly heavier than usual trading. The Dow dropped -40.31 points to settle in at 17,678.23 by the end of trading today. The NASDAQ was down another -13.16 points after yesterday’s punishing losses. The S&P 500 also dropped, losing just -4.90 points to close at 2,056.16. In overseas trading, markets were down … READ MORE

Stocks Slide Down 300, Tech-Heavy NASDAQ is the Big Loser

March 25th, 2015

Markets we down across the board in trading today, with NASDAQ taking the biggest beating as tech stocks fell. The Dow lost -292.60 points and fell to 17,718.54. The S&P 500 shed -30.45 points and closed at 2,061.05. The NASDAQ lost 2.4%, dropping -118.21 points to finish the day’s trading at 4,876.52. In overseas trading, … READ MORE

Dow Falls 100 Points, Possible Ceiling Forming at 18k

March 24th, 2015

Yet again the Dow has bumped up against the recently-set 18,000 point ceiling and dropped back. Today, the Dow lost -104.90 points and closed at 18,011.14. The NASDAQ was down as well, losing -16.24 points and closing at 4,994.73. The S&P 500 fell -12.92 points and ended the day’s trading at 2,091.50. In overseas trading, … READ MORE