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Dow Jones News for April 25, 2017: The Dow rallied over 200 points thanks to increased optimism President Donald Trump will be able to push pro-growth economic policies through Congress in 2017.
Let's look at the numbers from Tuesday for the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq:
|Closing Bell April 25, 2017||Trading||Point Gain/Loss||Percentage Gain/Loss|
|Dow Jones||20,996.12||+ 232.23||+ 1.12%|
|S&P 500||2,388.61||+ 14.46||+ 0.61%|
|Nasdaq||6,025.49||+ 41.67||+ 0.70%|
3 Stock Market Stories to Watch
- Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) climbed 1.5% as markets grow more optimistic over tax reform.
- Shares of McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD) climbed more than 5% as same-store sales climbed.
- Oil prices ticked higher for the first time in more than a week. Markets are expecting a decline in U.S. inventory levels after a massive buildup in the first quarter.
Now, here's a look at today's most important market events and stocks, plus a preview of Wednesday's economic calendar.
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- The Nasdaq surpassed the 6,000-point threshold for the first time in history thanks to strong gains by tech giants Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and biotech giant Biogen Inc. (Nasdaq: BIIB).
- Markets are also optimistic after Sunday's first round of the French presidential election. Polls indicate that centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has a very large lead against his rival, Marine Le Pen. Markets are cheering the fact that Macron is pro-bailout and may press German Chancellor Angela Merkel to loosen the purse strings for Italy and Greece. While that is bad news for capitalism, another big bailout would provide a big wave of capital to the European markets.
- Gold prices and silver prices fell as investors turned away from safe-haven assets and piled back into the equity markets. The downturn in prices compounded problems for Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX). The gold producer slashed its output expectations and reported that operations were weaker than analysts had anticipated.
- Crude oil prices snapped a six-session losing streak ahead of a key report in U.S. inventories by the American Petroleum Institute. Oil prices have been sagging in recent days due to rising concerns that OPEC may not extend its deal to help cap a global supply glut. Tomorrow, investors will keep a close eye on the official inventory report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
- The WTI crude oil price today added 1.14%, while Brent crude gained 1.45%.
- But the big story is the possibility of a government shutdown later this week. Currently, markets are trying to determine whether Republicans and Democrats will be able to reach a deal without funding a border wall between the United States and Mexico. With the government unable to get its financial house in order, ordinary Americans are all asking the same question: "How will the government shutdown affect me?"
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Stock Market News and Top Stocks to Watch Today: April 25, 2017
- Shares of General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) are generating buzz after the company announced it had fired thousands of employees in Venezuela after the nation's government seized one of its factories. Despite the news that the company has pulled completely out of Venezuela, some investors are concerned that General Motors stock could face increased pressure.
- In earnings news, shares of McDonald Corp. (NYSE: MCD) rallied more than 5% after the fast-food giant easily topped Wall Street earnings expectations. The firm reported that its turnaround effort has been largely successful. However, McDonald's did report a year-over-year revenue decline of 3.9%.
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- Meanwhile, shares of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) jumped more than 8% after the heavy manufacturing giant crushed quarterly earnings expectations.
- Other top stocks to watch Tuesday included AdvancePierre Foods Holdings Inc. (NYSE: APFH) and Express Scripts Holding Co. (Nasdaq: ESRX). Here's more on why these stocks were generating headlines.
Wednesday's U.S. Economic Calendar (all times EDT)
- MBA Mortgage Applications at 7 a.m.
- EIA Petroleum Status Report at 10:30 a.m.
- Two-Year FRN Note Auction at 11:30 a.m.
- Five-Year Note Auction at 1 p.m.
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About the Author
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.