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How Did the Stock Market Do Today?
S&P 500: 2,104.13; +26.57; +1.28%
Nasdaq: 5,101.80; +58.25; +1.16%
The Dow Jones Industrial Average today soared more than 240 points as oil prices pushed the energy sector higher and the basic materials sector jumped more than 3% on the day. All ten S&P sectors were in the green today. Shares of Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) jumped more than 2.5% on the day, while Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) added more than 2.4%.
Shares of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) were up 3.6% after the company announced plans to unveil its latest iPhone and Apple TV during the week of Sept. 7. Apple stock has fallen by $11 since July 21, the day before the firm reported its quarterly results. Apple stock has been weakened by irrational expectations on Wall Street – but we're sticking to a $200 price target for the company. Here's a breakdown on how you can make 74% on Apple stock.
Top Stock Market News Today
- Stock Market News: The Dow Jones rallied on Monday after investors showed confidence thanks to increased M&A activity and optimism that China will introduce new stimulus measures in order to boost its economy. The nation reported weak manufacturing numbers this morning, but economists anticipate the nation's central bank will likely loosen monetary policy. Meanwhile, Greece is in the final stages of ensuring its bailout package will keep the nation's economy afloat.
- Oil Moves: Oil prices snapped a three-day losing streak as traders were optimistic about demand. WTI crude futures for September added 2.1% to hit $44.79 per barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil prices gained 3.2% to $50.21 per barrel.
- On Tap Tomorrow: On Tuesday, investors will focus on the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index and an update on wholesale trade. Companies reporting earnings tomorrow include Fossil Group Inc. (Nasdaq: FOSL), Cree Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), Myriad Genetics Inc. (Nasdaq: MYGN), and Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC).
Stocks to Watch: PCP, BRK.A, BABA, RNF, UAN, TWTR
- Stocks to Watch No. 1, PCP: Shares of Precision Castparts Corp. (NYSE: PCP) gained 19% today on news Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) announced plans to purchase the aircraft components manufacturer for roughly $37.2 billion, including debt. Buffett said his company is unlikely to make another big acquisition over the next 12 months after this "strategic" purchase. For a breakdown of why Berkshire made this deal, go here now.
- Stocks to Watch No. 2, BABA: The Alibaba stock price is up more than 2% after the company announced it will spend $4.63 billion on the electronics chain Suning Commerce Group Inc. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.(NYSE: BABA) officials said the $4.63 billion price tag will buy the company a 20% stake in Suning. In return, Suning will receive a 1.1% stake in Alibaba.
- Stocks to Watch No. 3, RNF: Shares of Rentech Nitrogen Partners LP (NYSE: RNF) surged more than 28% on news CVR Partners LP (NYSE: UAN) planned to purchase the nitrogen fertilizer producer for $533 million.
- Stocks to Watch No. 4, TWTR: Shares of Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) surged 9% after the company's CEO Jack Dorsey and other executives boosted their stock holdings through insider buying. The company also announced it has forged a multiyear partnership with the National Football League. The stock is rallying from a 52-week low it hit on Friday.
What Investors Must Know This Week
- Why We're Still Bullish on Apple Stock (Nasdaq: AAPL)
- The Best Way to Add Gold to Your Portfolio Today
- The 4 Real Reasons Oil Prices Are Slipping – and How to Profit
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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.