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Dow Jones Industrial Average News, 6/7/2016 – Oil stocks helped propel the Dow up roughly 18 points. But the constant, tireless focus on the U.S. Federal Reserve and the timing of the next rate hike has Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani saying that it's time to "End the Fed… and Move the Country Forward."
The S&P 500 flirted with a new record high as traders cheered the rally in crude oil prices and the removal of a key line in a Janet Yellen speech about the timing of the next interest rate hike. The Fed was back in focus, driven again by expectations that the central bank isn't going to raise interest rates in the summer, ahead of the Brexit vote and on the heels of a lackluster jobs report.
Here's what you need to know about the markets on June 7, 2016.
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First up, check out the results for the Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq:
Dow Jones: 17,938.41; +17.95; +0.10%
S&P 500: 2,112.13; +2.72; +0.13%
Nasdaq: 4,961.75; -6.96; -0.14%
Now, here's the top stock market news today…
DJIA Today: Oil Prices Rally to Eight Month Highs
First up, the Twitter Inc. (Nasdaq: TWTR) account of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was hacked today, raising new concerns about the company's ability to secure private information and passwords. A hoax tweet announced that Goodell had died, sending the sports league and sports analysts scrambling to restore order and ensure he was alive. This is the latest high-profile hacking at Twitter after a weekend that saw attacks on the accounts of Kylie Jenner, Keith Richards, Jack Black, and Mark Zuckerberg. TWTR stock was off 1.7% on the day.
It was a big day for crude oil prices, which hit a 2016 high as the recovery in prices continued and concerns about global supply accelerated. Expectations for an increased drawdown in domestic supplies coupled with geopolitical and supply concerns in nations like Venezuela and Nigeria helped bolster crude's ongoing recovery. WTI crude prices pushed up 1.5%, while Brent crude added another 1.9%. It was the first time that WTI topped $50 per barrel since November.
On the downside, it was a brutal day for biotech stocks after two prominent firms reported failures in drug trials. One of the few winners in the sector today was Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: SRPT). Shares of the biotech firm rallied roughly 2% as traders speculated on the possibility that its DMD drug could soon receive approval from U.S. regulators.
Now, let's look at the day's biggest stock movers…
Top Stock Market News Today
- It keeps going from bad-to-worse for Canadian drug giant Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). Shares of the pharmaceutical firm cratered another 16% today after the firm badly missed earnings expectations. The firm also slashed its profit forecast for 2016. The downturn is not over yet, however, says Money Morning Global Credit Strategist Michael Lewitt. VRX stock is on the verge of an even sharper downturn, and it could very well be headed toward bankruptcy. Here's what to do now.
- Meanwhile, it was a brutal day for Biogen Inc. (Nasdaq: BIIB), which saw shares fall nearly 12%. The company said today that a phase 2 drug trial for a multiple sclerosis therapy fell short of expectations.
- Shares of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) pushed up nearly 2% after the telecom giant bid $3 billion for the core Internet business of Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO). YHOO stock has been the subject of many different rumors in recent months, including the possibility of a merger with Twitter and even a takeover by Warren Buffett.
- Also on the earnings, shares of Ralph Lauren Corp. (NYSE: RL) fell more than 2% after the firm reduced its forward guidance and announced a round of job cuts and store closures. Though the company is expected to save roughly $220 million each year thanks to its plans, it's huge changes are reactions to a broader problem for many retail companies.
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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.