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The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied on Wednesday on news that OPEC has reached a deal to limit its production levels in November in order to support global prices. The triple-digit rally came despite a roster of lackluster earnings reports earlier in the trading session.
On the earnings front, shares of mattress giant Tempur Sealy International (NYSE: TPX) plunged 24% after the firm reported weak annual sales. Meanwhile, shares of Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) fell more than 3.5% after reporting earnings after the bell on Tuesday. The company beat expected earnings and revenue forecasts, but reported a weak outlook for future orders. That report fueled a drop in price targets by several brokerages.
Let's look at the final numbers on Wednesday for the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq:
Dow Jones: 18,339.24; 110.94; 0.61%
S&P 500: 2,171.37; 11.44; 0.53%
Nasdaq: 5,318.55; 12.84; 0.24%
Here's a look at today's most important market events and stocks, plus a preview of Thursday's economic calendar.
DJIA Today: Markets Celebrate Possible OPEC Oil Deal, Fed Rate Timing
The Dow Jones rallied more than 110 points on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen announced the central bank had no scheduled time frame for the next interest rate hike. But the bigger news is that OPEC is reported to have reached a deal to cap production in order to support crude oil prices.
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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will speak again after the bell on Wednesday. Investors are looking for more clues on the timing of the next interest rate hike by the U.S. central bank. Today, five other leaders at the Fed took turns speaking on monetary policy and other pressing issues tied to the global economy. According to the CME Group's FedWatch tool, the probability of a rate hike in December now sits at roughly 57%.
The price of crude oil today rallied after U.S. crude inventories experienced a larger drawdown last week than analysts had expected. The U.S. Energy Information Administration announced a 1.9 million barrel decline through the week ending Sept. 23. However, the EIA did report a higher than expected build in gasoline inventories.
Meanwhile, traders cheered news that OPEC will reduce its production levels in November in order to support global crude prices. The WTI crude oil price today gained 4.4%. Meanwhile, the Brent crude oil price added 5.1%.
But the big news today was the global confusion over German financial firm Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE: DB). Mixed reports out of Germany indicate that the nation's government is considering a plan to provide a bailout to the embattled bank should it fail to have enough capital to pay off a $14 billion settlement to the U.S. Department of Justice. Despite that initial report, shares reached a 33-year low this week, and the bank issued a memo ensuring employees that the firm would remain solvent. DB CEO John Cryan also told a German newspaper that "state aid" would not be an issue for the megabank.
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Top Stock Market News Today, Sept. 28, 2016
- Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer is under fire today from her own employees. In a scathing piece in The New York Times, employees blamed Mayer for the massive breach of data from 500 million accounts. The employees said that Mayer frequently clashed with the firm's internal security team over the costs of needed cybersecurity defenses. According to the report, Mayer placed a higher emphasis on the design of Yahoo Mail than she did on investing in security improvements.
- Shares of BlackBerry Ltd. (Nasdaq: BBRY) gained more than 3.5% on Wednesday after the company topped earnings expectations and announced plans to abandon the building and design of its own phones. The firm's CEO said today that BlackBerry is cutting costs to propel the firm toward long-term growth. The roughly $100 million to $150 million that the firm had dedicated to phone manufacturing will disappear and enhance its balance sheet.
- Shares of Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN) were sliding today after the company announced a food recall that could spur public relations problems. The company issued a recall of five-pound bags of panko chicken nuggets. Some customers say they have discovered plastic inside the chicken. TSN stock added 0.2% at market close.
Thursday's U.S. Economic Calendar (all times EDT)
- Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker speaks at 5 a.m.
- GDP at 8:30 a.m.
- International Trade in Goods at 8:30 a.m.
- Jobless Claims at 8:30 a.m.
- Corporate Profits at 8:30 a.m.
- Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart speaks at 8:50 a.m.
- Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index at 9:45 a.m.
- Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome Powell speaks at 10 a.m.
- Pending Home Sales Index at 10 a.m.
- EIA Natural Gas Report at 10:30 a.m.
- 3-Month Bill Announcement at 11 a.m.
- 6-Month Bill Announcement at 11 a.m.
- Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari speaks at 2:30 p.m.
- Farm Prices at 3 p.m.
- Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George speaks at 4:15 p.m.
- Fed Balance Sheet at 4:30 p.m.
- Money Supply at 4:30 p.m.
- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at 5:10 p.m.
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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.