Daily Market Commentary

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

Big Railroad Selloff Leaves Markets Flat

March 23rd, 2015

Markets were essentially flat today, with all three exchanges losing a little bit of ground. Trading held steady until late in the afternoon, when the markets lost value to end the day down. The Dow dipped -11.61 points to close at 18,116.04. The NASDAQ was down -15.45 and closed at 5,010.97. The S&P 500 lost … READ MORE

Markets Up 170 On Huge Spike In Trading Volume

March 20th, 2015

Markets rose across the board today, as traders bought and sold over three times as many shares as usual. Today’s trading volume was over 330 million total transactions, compared to an average of just over 90 million. The Dow gained 168.62 points, and ended the week above 18,000 — settling in at 18,127.68 by the … READ MORE

NASDAQ Up 10 Despite Declines in the Market

March 19th, 2015

Markets were mixed in trading today, with the Dow and S&P falling while the NASDAQ rose. The Dow lost -117.16 points and closed at 17,959.03. The S&P 500 lost -10.23 points and ended the day at 2,089.27. The NASDAQ, which is heavy in tech and pharmaceuticals, rose 9.55 points to close at 4,992.38. In overseas … READ MORE

Fed Meeting Tanks Bond Yields, Dow Up 230

March 18th, 2015

Markets were up today in heavier than usual trading as investors saw good opportunities in what has been a falling marketplace. The Dow gained 227.11 points to close at 18,076.19, breaking 18k again after falling below the mark early last week. The S&P 500 was up 25.22 points to 2,099.50. The NASDAQ gained 45.39 points … READ MORE

Dow, S&P Down in Mixed Trading, Tech-Heavy NASDAQ Rises

March 17th, 2015

Markets closed mixed today, with the Dow and S&P 500 losing ground while the tech-heavy NASDAQ rises slightly. The Down lost -128.74 points and closed at 17,849.08, and the S&P 500 was down -6.91 points to 2,074.28. The NASDAQ gained 7.93 points and rose to 4,937.44. Trading was also mixed overseas, with Japan’s Nikkei up … READ MORE

Dow Up 230 on the Strength of Biotech and Healthcare

March 16th, 2015

Markets were up in trading today as the health services sector surged. The Dow gained 228.11 points to close at 17,977.42, just under the record highs which were set earlier this month. The NASDAQ was also up, gaining 57.75 points to close at 4,929.51. The S&P 500 rose 27.79 points and ended trading today at … READ MORE

Down Down 150 Points Despite a Late Rally

March 13th, 2015

Markets were down today, despite a late rally this afternoon which saw the market gain more than 60 points from the day’s low point at lunchtime. The Dow lost -145.91 points and closed at 17,749.31. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ were both down as well. The NASDAQ lost -21.53 points and closed at 4,871.76, while … READ MORE

Dow Gains 260, Markets Recovering After Big Losses

March 12th, 2015

Thursday saw the markets recovering after losses earlier in the week. Volume was higher than average as investors snapped up deals and built up their portfolios. The Dow was up 259.83, or 1.5%, to close at 17,895.22. The NASDAQ gained 43.35 points and closed at 4,893.29. The S&P 500 added 25.71 points to close the … READ MORE