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.
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, Aug. 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.
Dow Jones today, Aug. 14, 2014: U.S. stocks shook off rising jobless claims and rose as concerns abated over geopolitical tensions in Ukraine. This morning, 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.
Stock market today, Aug. 11, 2014: U.S. stocks jumped modestly Monday as markets continued to recover from a recent reversal.
The consumer staples led today's gains, propelled by a positive earnings report by Sysco Corp. (NYSE: SYY), which saw shares increase by more 3% after its announcement. Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) were also up 4.5% today.
Dow Jones today, Aug. 7, 2014: U.S. stocks fell sharply in the final hour of trading Thursday despite declining jobless claims in the U.S. economy.
The ongoing standoff between the West and Russia continues to offset confidence in the U.S. economy. This morning, Moscow banned most food imports from Western nations in response to heightened economic sanctions.
Stock market today, Aug. 6, 2014: U.S. markets were sluggish this afternoon, with benchmarks eking out modest gains. Concerns about geopolitical pressures in Ukraine temporarily abated, but investors are taking notice of brewing economic problems in Europe.
Gold prices were up nearly 2% on the day, surpassing the $1,300 threshold this afternoon.
Stock market today, August 6, 2014: U.S. stock futures were in the red this morning as investors are concerned about renewed geopolitical tensions in Europe. Dow Jones futures were down 51 points, Nasdaq futures slumped 21 points, and S&P 500 futures were down 7 points.
Stock market close, August 5, 2014: After ending in positive territory yesterday, U.S. markets crumbled again today on concerns of heightened geopolitical tension in Ukraine. The energy sector saw a broad sell-off during the afternoon.
The CBOE Volatility Index, which gauges investment fear, jumped roughly 11.5% on the day.
Dow Jones today, August 5, 2014: U.S. markets roared back on Monday, boosted by strong quarterly results from Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A). The company's B-shares (NYSE: BRK.B) were up 3.25% on the day.
The S&P 500 Index climbed yesterday after the market lost roughly 2.7% last week. The markets also reacted positively to news that the Portuguese government will offer nearly $6.6 billion (4.9 billion euros) in emergency lending to stave off the collapse of its largest financial institution, Banco Espirito Santo. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX), which gauges investment fear, slipped more than 12% on the day.
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) Today, August 4, 2014: U.S. markets roared back on Monday, boosted by strong quarterly results from Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A). The company's B-shares (NYSE: BRK.B) were up 3.25% on the day.
The S&P 500 Index climbed today after the market lost roughly 2.7% last week.
Dow Jones today, August 1, 2014: U.S. markets slumped again Friday despite positive news on the employment front. The U.S. economy added another 209,000 jobs in July, a sixth-consecutive monthly gain. However, the estimate fell short of economists' expectations, and the unemployment rate increased to 6.2% on more Americans searching for work. The S&P 500 posted its largest weekly loss since April.
Stock market trends today, August 1, 2014: U.S. markets plummeted Thursday in a broad decline. The DJIA shed 317 points in a heavy sell-off. The S&P 500 fell below its 50-day moving average, erasing all of July's gains as concerns across global markets hammered stocks. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX) jumped more than 27% to an intraday high of 17.11, its highest level since April.
This morning (Friday), the dollar hit a 10-month high against other global currencies while stocks around the world slumped. However, the U.S. unemployment rate rose to 6.2% on news that the economy gained only 209,000 jobs - falling under economist estimates of 230,000 new jobs during July and an unemployment rate of 6.0%.
Stock market close, July 31, 2014: U.S. markets plummeted Thursday in a broad decline, with the Dow Jones shedding 317 points in a broad sell-off.
Meanwhile, the S&P 500 fell below its 50-day moving average, erasing all of July's gains as concerns in global markets hammered stocks. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX) jumped more than 26% to an intraday high of 16.98, the highest level since April.