Dow Jones Industrial Average News, Aug. 10, 2016: Not even the magic of Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) could save the markets from a sharp downturn today (Wednesday, Aug. 10). Falling oil prices and energy stocks continue to pull down the broader markets. While six of the major S&P 500 sectors traded lower today, a number of profit opportunities slipped under the radar.
Before we get to those breakout opportunities, check out the results for the Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq…
Dow Jones: 18,495.66; -37.39; -0.20%
S&P 500: 2,175.49; -6.25; -0.29%
Nasdaq: 5,204.59; -20.90; -0.40%
Now, here’s the top stock market news today and related opportunities…
DJIA Today: Falling Oil Prices Weigh on Dow; DIS Tops Earnings Expectations
The Dow Jones Industrial Average today fell more than 37 points as concerns about energy stocks and oil prices again weighed on investor sentiment. Another tough day of earnings also fueled the sell-off. Shares of SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWR) cratered more than 30% after the clean energy company announced a second-quarter loss, slashed its annual outlook, and announced plans to reorganize the company. Meanwhile, shares of Perrigo Company Plc. (NYSE: PRGO) fell 9.6% after the firm slashed its 2016 forecast and reported a smaller profit than Wall Street expected.
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Gold prices were climbing higher on weaker than expected economic data. Prices pushed past $1,350 per ounce as investors continue to weigh the ongoing actions of central banks around the globe and expectations for an interest rate hike in 2016. Here’s a more detailed recent price overview.
Crude oil prices fell after government data indicated a surprise increase in U.S. oil supplies and a boost in Saudi output brought new concerns about a global glut. WTI crude was off 2.5% to $41.71, while Brent crude prices dropped 2.1% to $44.05. The U.S. Energy Information Administration announced U.S. crude inventories increased by 1.1 million barrels last week. The government agency did announce a large drawdown in gasoline inventories. Across the globe, Saudi Arabia is pumping oil at record levels. The Kingdom produced more than 10.67 million barrels per day in July.
Falling prices has boosted speculation that OPEC will reduce production. The global oil cartel has announced plans to meet in September. We’ve seen this drama before. Last year, Saudi Arabia was working to lead an agreement among OPEC producers to lower its production targets. However, Iran – a growing political threat to Saudi Arabia in the region – has refused to cut its production as the nation returns to the global oil markets. Iran had been prevented from bringing crude to the global markets due to economic sanctions related to its nuclear program.
Of course, the big news today was out of China about Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA). Reports said a driver got into a one-person crash after using the vehicle’s autopilot mode. This is the first known vehicle accident for the company in China. The driver said the salesperson at Tesla told him the vehicle was “self driving,” implying that it didn’t require human intervention.
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Tesla stock remains under pressure due to several high profit accidents and debt concerns tied to its recent purchase of SolarCity Corp. (Nasdaq: SCTY). But the recent negative attention has created a remarkable opportunity for investors. Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald outlines a simple tactic for trading TSLA.
Now, let’s look at the day’s biggest stock movers.
Top Stock Market News Today
- In earnings news, shares of Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) were up more than 1.2% after the company topped Wall Street earnings expectations. The company saw a strong quarter from its theme park and film divisions. The company still remains under some pressure over its cable networks business. The firm has seen a sharp decline in subscribers paying for networks like ESPN. Cord-cutting and subscription downgrades have hounded the stock in a time where its cable business costs are on the rise.
- Shares of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) were off 0.7% despite news the company is about to make big changes to one of its iconic products. According to Bloomberg, Apple is going to try to reverse declining sales by creating a new generation of MacBook Pro. The new computers will include a touchscreen and will be lighter and thinner than current models. While that report dominated headlines, there’s more to the big picture of AAPL stock. Our analysis indicates where the Apple stock price is going next – check it out here.
- Meanwhile, keep an eye out for additional earnings reports after the bell from Shake Shack Inc. (NYSE: SHAK), Flower Foods Inc. (NYSE: FLO), and Silver Wheaton Corp. (NYSE: SLW).
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