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Today's Dow Jones news is that global markets reacted positively to the latest batch of earnings reports and economic data. Despite a downturn in global crude prices, many global stock indexes are hovering near record highs as investors anticipate stronger economic growth in the year ahead.
On Tuesday, the Dow Jones gained more than 37 points despite a sharp downturn in crude oil prices and mixed earnings reports from some of the S&P 500's largest companies. The Nasdaq hit a new all-time high, while shares of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) pushed the S&P 500 to a near-record close.
Let's look at the numbers from Tuesday for the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq:
Dow Jones: 20,090.29; +37.87; +0.19%
S&P 500: 2,293.08; +0.52; +0.02%
Nasdaq: 5,674.22; +10.66; +0.19%
Here's a look at today's most important market events and stocks, plus a look at Wednesday's economic calendar.
What's Ahead for the Dow Jones Industrial Average Today
The Dow Jones Industrial Average projected a one-point gain as investors eye another busy day of earnings reports and oil prices continue to slide over global supply and demand imbalances.
Gold prices are hovering near a three-month high, while silver prices are climbing. The price of silver has gained more than 9% so far in 2017. And this rally is just getting started.
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Crude oil prices were falling again as traders grow more wary of increasing inventory levels in the United States. The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported Tuesday that domestic inventories increased by 14.2 million barrels last week. That's much higher than the 2.5 million barrels expected by analysts. Traders will be keeping an eye out for the official weekly inventory report from the Energy Information Administration later this morning.
In addition to U.S. figures, new data from China shows that demand in the world's second-largest economy continues to stall. According to Reuters, demand growth in China slowed to 2.5% in 2016. That's down from the 3.1% growth in 2015 and 3.8% in 2014.
The WTI crude oil price today dipped 0.8%. Brent crude fell 0.5%.
But the big story is the record highs touched by the Nasdaq and Dow Jones this week.
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Stocks to Watch Today, Feb. 8, 2017
- In earnings news, shares of The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) were up 0.2% in pre-market hours after the iconic entertainment giant announced that earnings fell by 9% in the fiscal first quarter. Disney reported revenue of $14.8 billion and earnings of $1.55 a share. Wall Street analysts had anticipated $15.3 billion in revenue and earnings of $1.50 per share. The problems for Disney accelerated at its cable networks business. Its ESPN franchise continued to lose customers as Americans continue to cut the cord. The sports network now has fewer than 88 million subscribers. That is well off from its 2011 peak of 100.1 million.
- Meanwhile, shares of Gilead Sciences Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) plunged more than 5.4% after the company reported a drop in fourth-quarter earnings and presented an underwhelming outlook in the first quarter. The company said that it experienced weaker than expected sales in its hepatitis C drugs over the last 12 months.
- Keep an eye out for additional earnings reports from Whole Foods Market Inc. (Nasdaq: WFM), Yum! Brands Inc. (NYSE: YUM), GrubHub Inc. (NYSE: GRUB), Allergan Plc. (NYSE: AGN), Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (Nasdaq: CTSH), Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK), iRobot Corp. (Nasdaq: IRBT), Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX), Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), and PayCom Software Inc. (NYSE: PAYC).
- Finally, not all U.S. industries are benefiting from the recent stock market rally. As U.S. consumers continue to migrate toward e-commerce and shift away from physical shopping locations, the retail industry has plunged like a brick from a skyscraper. That's what we're targeting the retail sector for our top three stocks to short this month. Want to know the three retail stocks to short today? Read them right here.
Today's U.S. Economic Calendar (all times EST)
- MBA Mortgage Applications at 7 a.m.
- EIA Petroleum Status Report at 10:30 a.m.
- 10-Year Note Auction at 1 p.m.
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