The Dow Jones today soared 263.1 points on rising consumer sentiment and positive housing numbers.
The Dow Jones today saw its sixth straight loss, down 24.5 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 clung to gains in the closing minutes.
Dow Jones today, October 1, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 28 points Tuesday as both domestic and global data stamped out gains fueled by increased spin-off and merger activity.
According to reports, U.S. consumer confidence slipped in September for the first time in five months, while annual home prices growth crawled in July to its slowest pace in two years, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index. On the manufacturing front, the Chicago PMI showed a positive reading in September; however, growth has been fueled by rising inventories, which are climbing at their fastest pace in 41 years.
Dow Jones Industrial Average officials just made membership requirements for its elite index even more stringent, prompted by a surge in inversion deals made to avoid the high U.S. corporate tax rate.
The committee overseeing the storied blue-chip benchmark just updated the definition for index inclusion. The classification now states that companies that conduct business in the United States, but are incorporated abroad, are not eligible for admission in the 30-stock index.
The Dow tweaked the language used in its process of accepting components into the coveted index to officially read that member companies must be incorporated and headquartered in the United States. Additionally, the United States must be a company’s largest revenue-generating country.
That means the new eligibility requirements clearly exclude companies that have moved overseas via inversion deals.
Yesterday (Thursday), the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its steepest drop since July 31st, with tech stocks leading the plunge.
The dive was fueled by a sharp downturn in shares of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), which fell for the second consecutive day. AAPL stock dropped 3.8%, falling below $100 per share. Concerns about software glitches in its iOS platform and structural problems in the iPhone 6 Plus are heavily weighing on the stock.
The profusion of dividend-paying stocks that have increased payouts over the last several weeks reflects a robust second-quarter earnings season.
Companies in the S&P 500 turned in 10.3% earnings growth in Q2 - the highest advance since 2011's third quarter.
Last week Microsoft </strong>(Nasdaq: MSFT), McDonald's </strong>(NYSE: MCD), and 22 other dividend stocks raised payouts. Here's the full list of dividend hikes announced during the week ending Sept. 19, 2014.
Stock market news today, August 27, 2014: U.S. stock markets struck multiple intraday records on Tuesday, as strong consumer data suggested further momentum for the economy. The S&P 500 hit another record, fresh off its first intraday rise over the 2,000 level yesterday.
DJIA Today, Aug. 26, 2014: U.S. stock markets struck multiple intraday records this afternoon, as strong consumer data suggested further momentum for the economy. The Dow Jones hit an all-time intraday high of 17,153.80. The S&P 500 Index hit another record to close above 2,000 for the first time today, fresh off its first intraday rise over that landmark level yesterday.
Stock market today, August 26, 2014: U.S. futures were flat this morning, a day after the S&P 500 Index cracked the 2,000 level for the first time ever and set a new all-time closing high just shy of that milestone.
Yesterday's rise was fueled by confidence in the financial and biotech sectors, which outweighed concerns about new housing sales falling to a four-month low. This morning, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that U.S. durable goods orders spiked by a record 22.6% in July.
Stock market news today, Aug. 25, 2014: This morning, Dow Jones futures were up modestly on increased merger activity and rising confidence in monetary policy from the European Central Bank. In Jackson Hole, Wyo., ECB President Mario Draghi hinted at further stimulus to keep the gears moving in some of the continent's struggling nations.
DJIA Today, Aug. 22, 2014: U.S. stocks were mixed on Friday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech in Jackson Hole, Wyo., failed to beat back renewed geopolitical concerns in eastern Ukraine.
This morning, NATO announced that Russia was building up a strong troop presence on the eastern border of Ukraine, while another convoy entered the country.
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.
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.