- Featured CommentariesMarket Daily UpdatesStock Market Today: April 22, 2019William G. Ferguson and Robert Mitkowski | 04/22/2019Stocks opened the week in unexciting fashion following the long holiday weekend. With earnings season set to move into high gear, investors are likely waiting to see what bellwether corporations have to say about their performance and prospects in the coming days. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 48 points; but the NASDAQ gained 17 points and the S&P 500 inched ahead three points. Market breadth was tilted to the downside, though. The number of declining issues outpaced gainers by a three to two margin on the New York Stock Exchange.Market Daily UpdatesStock Market Today: April 18, 2019Harvey S. Katz, CFA and John Seibert III | 04/18/2019The market started slightly higher today, as solid earnings reports out of American Express (AXP) and The Travelers Companies (TRV) helped improve sentiment. Too, U.S. jobless claims reached a 50-year low, while March retail sales posted a much bigger-than-expected increase of 1.6%, aided by good auto and gasoline sales. These moves caused the market to move higher in the first moments of trading with the Dow Jones Industrial Average moving nicely to the upside. However, early trading was rather choppy.StockHighlightsDow 30 Earnings: Travelers Cos. First Quarter 2019Alan House | 04/18/2019Shares of Travelers (TRV) were up nicely after the insurance giant posted solid March-quarter results and announced that it was raising its quarterly dividend payout. Specifically, Travelers posted share earnings of $2.99 a share, which were up 22% versus the prior-year period and were nearly $0.40 better than our estimate. The improvement was fueled by lower catastrophe losses and a higher underwriting gain.StockHighlightsDow 30 Earnings: American Express First Quarter 2019Ian Gendler | 04/18/2019American Express, one of the world's largest issuers of credit cards, registered mixed financial results for the March quarter, but the near-term financial outlook remains bright.Market Daily UpdatesStock Market Today: April 17, 2019Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Adam Rosner | 04/17/2019The major averages opened higher today, but soon turned lower. At the end of the day, the final numbers showed some weakness. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which had been ahead late in afternoon, slipped into negative territory, closing down three points. In addition, the S&P 500 Index was off about seven points, and the NASDAQ was lower by four points.
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