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The Dow Jones Industrial Average is rising this morning on news that President-elect Donald Trump has received the votes of 270 electors to become the next leader of the United States.
In a vote Monday, Trump staved off last-minute efforts by anti-Trump activists to encourage members of the Electoral College to be unfaithful and cast their official vote against the will of the voting public.
In other headline news, the global markets are digesting three different terrorist attacks over the last 24 hours. And the Italian government could be offering its struggling banks some economic support.
On Monday, the Dow rallied again - adding 39 points - as technology stocks pushed the markets higher. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) - widely considered the market's fear gauge - dipped over 3% and fell below 12 after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave a speech in Baltimore on the U.S. jobs market.
Let's look at the numbers from Monday for the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq:
Dow Jones: 19,883.06; +39.65; +0.20%
S&P 500: 2,262.53; +4.46; +0.20%
Nasdaq: 5,457.44; +20.28; +0.37%
Here's a look at today's most important market events and stocks, plus a look at Tuesday's economic calendar.
What's Ahead for the Dow Jones Industrial Average Today
The Dow is projecting a more than 50-point gain ahead of a busy day of earnings reports and growing geopolitical concerns around the world. With the holiday season in full swing, the markets are experiencing lower than usual trading volumes. That said, overnight developments in Europe and Asia are impacting the global markets.
War, Terrorism, and Ugliness is a horrible trend that continues to generate headlines around the globe. Over the last 24 hours, three more examples hit the global markets. In Berlin, Germany, 12 people died after a truck drove through a holiday market. This attack came after a shooting in Zurich, Switzerland, and the assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey in the Turkish capital, Ankara. The attack hurt the euro and fueled an uptick in the U.S. dollar.
The U.S. government continues to target European banks over their role in the financial crisis eight years ago. This morning, the Department of Justice announced it had asked Swiss financial giant Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE ADR: CS) to pay at least $5 billion to settle an ongoing probe into toxic mortgage-backed securities. Reuters reports this morning, however, that Credit Suisse is attempting to thwart this settlement and seek a better deal with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Crude oil prices were on the rise in light trading volumes as investors begin to unwind positions and turn their focus to 2017.
The WTI crude oil price today added 0.4%. Meanwhile, Brent crude gained more than 1% after investors absorbed a report that Saudi Arabian crude production fell by more 175,000 barrels per day (BPD) in October.
Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors has just released his latest 2017 price forecast during an interview with CNBC. Dr. Moors explains how the recent OPEC production deal will affect oil prices, and when U.S. producers will start seeing significant improvement. Click here to watch the interview.
But the big story this morning is happening with ride-sharing giant Uber. According to a report by Bloomberg, Uber lost more than $2.2 billion through the first nine months of 2016. That includes an $800 million loss that came in the third quarter at a time that it sold off its business in China. Revenue has risen around the world, however, and the company recently reached an Uber IPO valuation of between $66 billion and $69 billion.
This valuation makes the anticipated Uber IPO one of the most-hyped IPOs in years. So, should you invest?
Stocks to Watch Today, Dec. 20, 2016
- Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is in talks with the Indian government to begin the manufacturing of products in the world's second most populous nation. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the effort is part of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal of boosting local manufacturing, after he exempted foreign producers from a rule for three years that requires them to source 30% of their products sold in India locally. The deal will allow Apple to expand into the world's second-largest smartphone market where it currently holds just 5% of the market.
- In deal news, Lloyds Banking Group (NYSE: LYG) announced plans to purchase the British credit card subsidiary of Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC). The deal is worth roughly $2.4 billion (£1.9 billion).
- On a light day of earnings, look out for additional quarterly reports from BlackBerry Ltd. (Nasdaq: BBRY), Carmax Inc. (NYSE: KMX), Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL), Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: DRI), FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE: FDS) , FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS), Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE), and Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS).
Today's U.S. Economic Calendar (all times EST)
- Redbook at 8:55 a.m.
- Four-Week Bill Auction at 11:30 a.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.