The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose marginally today (Monday) after strong manufacturing data outshone concerns over geopolitical problems in Ukraine. It gained 17.66 points (0.11%) to finish at 16,530.55.
Dow Jones Today: The markets slid on Friday despite the fact that the unemployment rate slipped to a five-year low.
The jobless rate fell to 6.3%, beating expectations of 6.6%. In April, the U.S. economy created 288,000 jobs, but the labor participation rate slipped to 62.8% from 63.2%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 46.04 points to finish at 16,512.83. The S&P 500 slid 2.56 points to close at 1,881.12, while the Nasdaq was down 3.55 points to finish at 4,123.90.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 21.97 points to finish at 16,558.87 on Thursday on news that jobless claims were higher than expected and the International Monetary Fund committed $17 billion to stabilize the Ukrainian economy.
The S&P 500 was down 0.27 points to finish at 1,883.68, while the Nasdaq was up 12.90 points, closing at 4,127.45.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average today hit a record high for the first time in 2014.
The index closed at 16,580.84 (0.3% higher than the previous close).
Dow Jones Today: Markets roared again on Tuesday on easing geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe and stronger earnings results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 86.63 points to 16,535.37. The S&P 500 was up 8.9 points to finish at 1,878.33, and the Nasdaq rose 29.14 points to finish at 4,103.54.
The Dow Jones today was topsy-turvy, surging in early morning trading on increased M&A activity, only to turn down sharply after lunchtime. It finished up 0.53% to 16,447 points. The Nasdaq ended flat, down 0.03% to 14,074 points and the S&P 500 was up 0.32% to 1,869 points.
Dow Jones Today: A sharp Friday selloff turned markets negative for the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 139.87 points to finish the week at 16,361.78. The Nasdaq dropped 72.78 points to finish at 4,075.56 and the S&P 500 was down 15.20 points to close at 1,863.41.
Consumer discretionary stocks like Amazon.com Inc. and Ford Motor Co. were off big in afternoon trading. Ford announced quarterly profits fell by 39% due to an increased allocation of money to fix defects and currency devaluations in South America.
In addition, uncertainty over Russia’s decision on how to handle Ukraine is wearing on investors.
The Nasdaq rose this afternoon on Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AAPL) strong quarterly earnings. Though the three major U.S. stock indexes opened higher, the markets slid from their intraday highs.
Most of the volatility stems from concerns over Russian military drills starting on the Ukrainian border.
U.S. stocks slid on the Dow Jones today (Wednesday). The index lost 0.08% to close at 16,501.65. The Standard and Poor's 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite were both unable to deliver a seventh consecutive winning session. The S&P dropped 0.22% to close at 1,875.39, while the Nasdaq fell 0.83% to finish at 4,126.97.
Despite the downturn, it was an extremely busy day on Wall Street and in the financial world, especially for tech giant Amazon and coffee king Starbucks.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended today up 0.4% to 1,879.55. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index gained for a sixth straight session - its longest streak since September - rising 0.41% to 1,871.89. And the Nasdaq Composite gained 1% to 4,161.56.
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The stock market today fell 70 points to 15,010; the S&P lost nearly 10 points; the Nasdaq fell 12. This marks the Dow's fourth straight day of losses - the first four-day losing streak of 2013.
It was the first back-to-back bruising since June 18th and 19th, when Fed “comments” drove the Dow 560 points into the ground. But you can’t blame the Fed for the latest pair of triple-digit routs. Not directly, anyway. Here’s what triggered all the action…
Between the New York Stock Exchange continuously reaching new highs, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising up along its eight-day average, and a rebounding retail sector, there's reason to celebrate what appears to be a market recovery offering investors profit opportunities.
"You can't bury your head in the sand and ignore what's happening," said Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald. "If you did that, you've missed a 60%-plus rally in the [Standard & Poor's 500 Index] since early last March. You cannot fail to acknowledge what's happening" in the markets, even though top traders understand that cheap money from the government bailout - and not a well-rounded economic recovery - is most likely behind the torrid run-up in U.S. share prices.
Money Morning Question of the Week: Is this a true bull market? A year from now, are U.S. stocks - as measured by the Standard & Poor's 500 Index - trading higher, lower, or at the same level as they are today?
What follows are some of the most well thought-out responses we received (as well as a previous comment regarding the bull vs. bear market argument posted on our Web site) with many agreeing this bull market is too good to be true.