DJIA Today, Aug. 20, 2014: U.S. stocks were up Wednesday after the release of minutes from the most recent Federal Open Market Committee meeting in July. According to the minutes, the consensus view of the FOMC is that interest rates won't begin to move higher until at least mid-2015.
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Stock market news, Aug. 20, 2014: U.S. stocks roared again Tuesday, buoyed by strong earnings reports and a slew of positive economic data.
The positive data and strong earnings reports overshadowed any concerns about ongoing geopolitical tensions in Ukraine, Israel/Gaza, and Iraq. Yesterday, the Kremlin announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko next week to discuss ways to resolve the problems plaguing Eastern Europe.
Stock Market Close, Aug. 19, 2014: U.S. stocks roared again Tuesday, buoyed by strong earnings reports and a slew of positive economic data. The surge was led today by The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD), which saw shares rise nearly 6% after the company beat Wall Street estimates for its second quarter.
Today's stock market, August 19, 2014: U.S. stocks soared Monday on positive housing data and growing merger and acquisition activity. The Dow gained 175 points, while the S&P 500 Index is again taking aim at the historic 2,000 mark. The Nasdaq is back at a 14-year high.
Dow Jones today, Aug. 18, 2014: U.S. stocks soared Monday on positive housing data and growing merger and acquisition activity. The S&P 500 Index is again taking aim at the historic 2,000 mark, while the Nasdaq is back at a 14-year high.
Stock market news, Aug. 18, 2014: This week, leaders of the U.S. Federal Reserve will be meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo., for the central bank's annual economic symposium. The meeting is expected to provide significant focus on the labor market and some focus on monetary policy for the road ahead. Meanwhile, this week is an important earnings period for home and consumer retail companies.
Dow Jones today, Aug. 15, 2014: U.S. stocks slumped Friday, turning downward from early gains this morning, after new reports emerged of rising geopolitical conflict in Ukraine. This morning, a Ukrainian military leader said his forces had attacked a column of Russian armored trucks that crossed the border.
Stock market news today, August 15, 2014: U.S. stock futures today (Friday) were up premarket. Dow Jones futures gained 46 points (0.28%), S&P futures were up 4.75 points (0.24%), and Nasdaq futures were up 13.5 points (0.34%).
Global aviation manufacturer The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) helped carry the market last session, gaining 1.7% on news that its demand for commercial jets was strengthening this quarter. The Dow's biggest winner was pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), which saw shares gain 1.86% on news that the FDA agreed to review a vaccine that could be used to treat a meningococcal disease.
Also yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said before government ministers and the Crimean Congress that his country would help end the conflict in the region as soon as possible.
Stock market news today, August 14, 2014: Dow Jones futures were up 17 points (0.10%) this morning (Thursday) following U.S. stocks' rally in the last trading session. Nasdaq 100 futures and S&P 500 futures were also both in the green. Yesterday, the S&P 500 Index saw a strong afternoon of trading, with all 10 of its sector indices making gains. The index is now roughly 2% below its all-time high registered back in July.
But it wasn't all good stock market news – reduced consumer spending figures for July had an adverse effect on retail, and Brent oil prices jumped back from their 13-month low.
DJIA Today, Aug. 13, 2014: U.S. stocks rallied broadly Wednesday with weakening consumer spending largely ignored as investors grew more confident over a peaceful resolution in Ukraine. The S&P 500 Index saw a strong afternoon of trading, with all 10 of the sector indexes in the green. The index is now roughly 2% below its all-time high registered back in July.