Dow Jones Industrial Average on the Move as Canada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 100 points as markets digested Canada's sweeping legalization of recreation marijuana use on Wednesday (Oct. 17). The legislation has created a multibillion-dollar legal market for investors and is expected to foster the growth of a North America's cannabis industry.

The Canadian government will pardon all citizens who have been convicted of simple marijuana possessions charges. Roughly 500,000 Canadians have been convicted of simple pot possession charges, according to Campaign for Cannabis Advocacy. But now, those citizens will be able to receive a pardon, avoid the $631 fine, and avoid a three- to 10-year waiting process.

Here are the numbers from Wednesday for the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq:

Index Previous Close Point Change Percentage Change
Dow Jones 25,706.68 -91.74 -0.36%
S&P 500 2,809.21 -0.71    -0.03%
Nasdaq 7,642.70 -2.79    -0.04%

Now here's a closer look at today's Money Morning insight, the most important market events, and stocks to watch.

The Top Stock Market Stories for Thursday

  • dow jones industrial averageWith cannabis now fully legal in Canada, it's time for investors to look at the top weed stocks to watch in October 2018. Following Canada's big announcement, eight U.S. states will vote on ballot measures regarding marijuana in November. This U.S. industry could be worth a whopping $24.5 billion by then. Today, let's look at the top marijuana stocks and how you can get rich on this once-in-a-lifetime trend.
  • South of the Canadian border, the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled yesterday that it plans to raise interest rates again in 2018. This would be the fourth interest rate hike of the year, pushing the U.S. dollar higher against the Chinese yuan and other global currencies. U.S. President Donald Trump has criticized the central bank's effort to raise rates in recent months. However, this morning, former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan said that previous presidents criticized central bank policies "all the time." Greenspan also said today that the current U.S. labor market is the tightest that he has seen in his lifetime.

Stocks to Watch Today: PYPL, AXP, BX, AMZN

  • Investors are eyeing another busy day of earnings reports. PayPal Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL), American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP), and Phillip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) headlines today's roster of companies reporting third-quarter results.
  • Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) shares added 0.2% after the company reported earnings per share of $0.76, a figure that topped Wall Street estimates by $0.02. The asset manager also bolstered revenue in the process. Assets under management increased to a record $457 billion, a figure that is 18% higher than one year ago.

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  • Investors are asking questions about Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos, who is also the owner of the Washington Post. Bezos has been silent about the disappearance of his newspaper's journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi Arabian journalist was reportedly murdered in a Saudi embassy in Turkey. However, CNBC reports that Amazon may be working on opening a data center in the Middle East and has been searching for a head of public policy in Saudi Arabia. Bezos had met with Saudi leaders in Seattle earlier this year, prompting speculation that this may be why Bezos has not made a public statement on the matter.
  • Look for additional earnings reports from Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG), Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE: ADS), Lindsay Corp. (NYSE: LNN), The Bank of New York Melon Corp. (NYSE: BK), PPG Industries Inc. (NYSE: PPG), Canadian Pacific Railway (NYSE: CP), and WD-40 Co. (NASDAQ: WDFC).

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Garrett Baldwin is a globally recognized research economist, financial writer, consultant, and political risk analyst with decades of trading experience and degrees in economics, cybersecurity, and business from Johns Hopkins, Purdue, Indiana University, and Northwestern.

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