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    Stock Market Today:
    July 30, 2015
     CurrentToday's Change
    NASDAQ5,111.730.000.00%
    S&P 5002,108.5715.320.73%
    DOW17,751.39121.120.69%
    Russell 20001,229.600.000.00%
    NASDAQ
    All data as of 4:30 PM Jul 29, 2015. Delayed at least 15 minutes
    Featured Commentaries
    Market Daily Updates
    Stock Market Today: July 29, 2015
    Harvey S. Katz, William G. Ferguson, Adam Rosner  |  07/29/2015
    The U.S. stock market headed notably higher today, for a second straight session, helped by a late afternoon push. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 120 points; the S&P 500 Index was higher by 15 points; and the technology-heavy NASDAQ was ahead 23 points.
    Market Commentaries
    The Federal Reserve Has Few Surprises For Wall Street
    Harvey S. Katz, CFA  |  07/29/2015
    The Federal Reserve concluded its latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting earlier this afternoon, and investors found few surprises either in what the lead bank did, or rather did not do, or in what it said following its latest get together.
    StockHighlights
    Using the Value Line Report: 3M Company Consistently Manufacturing Better Results
    Erik M. Manning  |  07/29/2015
    3M Company (MMM) is a diversified manufacturer and technology company with operations in more than 70 countries. The Dow-30 component has a bevy of divisions with substantial positions in everything from the industrial realm to the consumer world. It set records last year in terms of both revenue and earnings with totals of $31 billion and $7.49 a share, respectively. The stock recently traded at a new all-time high at just north of $170 a share. With that, we will take a look at the July 17, 2015 Value Line report to get a better idea of which type of investors these shares are best suited for at this juncture.
    Market Daily Updates
    Stock Market Today: July 28, 2015
    Harvey S. Katz, Adam Rosner, William G. Ferguson  |  07/28/2015
    The U.S. equity market, licking its wounds after five-consecutive down sessions and the longest losing streak for stocks since January, rallied sharply today in one of those typical Monday/Tuesday reversals. At least for the moment, investors looked past the problems in China—the Shanghai Composite, though down again overnight, finished well off of its intra-day nadir—and focused on mostly encouraging quarterly earnings results stateside, including positive reports from two drug industry giants.
    StockHighlights
    Dow 30 Earnings: Merck Second Quarter 2015
    Michael Ratty  |  07/28/2015
    Merck, a New Jersey-based drugmaker and Dow-30 component, has reported second-quarter adjusted earnings of $0.86 a share, versus $0.85 in the comparable period of 2014. The bottom-line tally came in ahead of our $0.80 estimate thanks to better-than-expected sales growth in diabetes and cancer drugs, partially offset by a negative impact from the stronger dollar.
    • Research Notes
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      Jul 31, 2015
      United Technologies (UTX) Industrial conglomerate and Dow-30 component United Technologies saw its shares drop after releasing second-quarter results. The numbers for the June interim were not the problem, it was management's guidance for the balance of 2015, which included a darkening view on operations in China that troubled investors, in our opinion. Also, the selloff likely started to gain traction earlier when the company announced it had sold its helicopter unit Sikorsky to Lockheed Martin. Many investors had been waiting patiently for this announcement, having ridden the stock up over the last few weeks as rumors of a pending pact had circulated. Therefore, we probably saw some profit taking, as well.
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