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On June 3, 2015, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) Index ended the day up 64 points - or 0.4%.
Here's your quick investor roundup of the biggest DJIA index news today...
How the DJIA Index, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Did Today
Dow: 18,076.27, +64.33, +0.36%
S&P 500: 2,114.07, +4.47, +0.21%
Nasdaq: 5,099.23, +22.71, +0.45%
The DJIA index today rose 64 points after investors cheered domestic economic data and the Federal Reserve said the United States economy was growing at a "modest to moderate pace" in the second quarter.
The Fed said the economy expanded between April and May in the Beige Book, which surveys overall economic activity.
The S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX), the market's fear gauge, fell 4% on the day.
Top Stock Market News Today
- Jumping for Jobs: The ADP National Employment this morning reported the number of jobs created by U.S. private companies in May. The nation added 201,000 jobs, a hair ahead of economist expectations of 200,000. In addition, the U.S. trade deficit narrowed in April. This comes after March's deficit topped $50 billion as a major port strike ended on the West Coast.
- Greek Tragedy: The game of chicken between Greece and its international creditors continues. This morning, the Greek government warned it could skip a 300 million euro payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week if both sides fail to find common ground. This news comes after it was reported that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Francois Hollande agreed by phone they needed to act quickly.
- Oil Slumps: WTI oil prices retreated below $60 a barrel today as traders continue to speculate on this week's Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting. The markets expect that the nations plan to maintain current production levels at a time when U.S. supplies remain high, and Iran plans to boost exports. However, Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors explains that the market has stabilized, creating a nice profit opportunity for those investors who understand the reality of the global energy sector.
- On Tap Thursday: Tomorrow, the markets will weigh in on weekly jobless claims and a speech from Federal Reserve Gov. Daniel Tarullo and continue to speculate on the Bank of England's plans to remain in the European Union after its accidental release of "Project Bookend," a contingency plan designed for the country's exit from the economic bloc. Companies reporting earnings include J M Smucker Co. (NYSE: SJM), Land's End Inc. (Nasdaq: LE), Navistar International Corp. (NYSE: NAV), VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY), and Zoe's Kitchen Inc. (NYSE: ZOES).
Now for the Top Stocks to Watch Today...
- Stocks to Watch No. 1, LULU: Shares of Canadian athletic apparel company Lululemon Athletica Inc. (Nasdaq: LULU) were up more than 2.4% today after an "Outperform" rating on the company was reaffirms by Oppenheimer research analysts. The stock currently has an upside price target of $70.00, which is a nice premium over today's closing price of $61.27. The company is holding its annual general meeting in Vancouver, and its CEO is likely to face questions from outspoken investors who are demanding reform to its board of directors and changes in corporate governance.
- Stocks to Watch No. 2, SNCR: Shares of Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: SNCR) were up more than 15.2% on news the software maker is exploring a possible sale. The tech firm is working with investment bank Qatalyst Partners on a deal that could be worth up to $2 billion. A number of private equity firms have expressed interest. The company's success is forged on the backbone of the remarkable growth of cloud computing, which is one of Money Morning Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson's unstoppable trends in technology. BONUS: You can be part of the next big technology deal if you just know these four words...
- Stocks to Watch No. 3, WEN: Shares of Wendy's Co. (Nasdaq: WEN) surged to a seven-year intraday high, closing the afternoon up 3.3%. The company announced plans to repurchase $1.4 billion in company stock, including a large amount from its largest shareholder, activist investor Nelson Peltz's Trian Group. The firm also announced plans to sell its bakery operations.
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About the Author
Garrett Baldwin is a globally recognized research economist, financial writer, and consultant with degrees from Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, and Indiana University. He is a seasoned financial and political risk analyst, with a focus on stocks, hedge funds, private equity, blockchain, and housing policy. He has conducted risk assessment projects for clients in 27 countries, and consulted on policy and financial operations for some of the nation's largest financial institutions, including a $1.5 trillion credit fund, a $43 billion credit and auto loan giant, as well as two of the largest Wall Street banks by assets under management.
Garrett joined Money Map Press as an economist and researcher in 2011, specializing in alternative strategies with an emphasis on fundamental and technical analysis.