Dire Debt Talks Drop Dow Jones Industrial Average Triple Digits

Deadlock Sinks Dow; Plus, Google vs. Apple

by Alex Eppstein

Published on Jun 24, 2015 at 4:20 PM
Updated on Jun 24, 2020 at 10:16 AM

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) wiped out its last two days' worth of gains, dropping triple digits after talks between Greece and its creditors ended early without a resolution. During the meeting in Brussels, lenders shot down Athens' reform proposals -- only to see their own counterproposals rejected, with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tweeting, "This odd stance seems to indicate that either there is no interest in an agreement or that special interests are being backed." On the home front, the final gross domestic product (GDP) showed a less severe first-quarter contraction than previously believed. Finally, the Nasdaq Composite (COMP) snapped its hot streak -- but not before hitting another record high.

 

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA - 17,966.07) churned steadily lower throughout the session, ending on a deficit of 178 points, or 1% -- and closing below 18,000 for the first time since June 17. AAPL finished 0.9% higher -- the lone blue-chip winner. Of the 29 losers, DuPont (NYSE:DD) once again paced the pack, shedding 3.4%.
 
The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,108.58) spent nearly the whole day in the red, giving back 15.6 points, or 0.7%, and settling at its session low. The Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 5,122.41) hit a record high of 5,164.36 -- its third straight session with a new milestone -- before ending on a loss of 37.7 points, or 0.7%.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 13.26) added 1.2 points, or 9.5%, to close above 13 for the first time this week.

 

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5 Items on Our Radar Today:

 

  1. The situation in Greece remains dire, as four hours of talks between Tsipras, a number of eurozone finance ministers, and top officials from the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank failed to yield a breakthrough. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said little has changed since Monday, while his Austrian counterpart Hans Joerg Schelling warned, "If there is no real solution by Sunday ... it is not foreseeable what the next step will be." (Reuters)
  2. Following the stock's split announcement, Icahn sold his remaining stake in NFLX, earning approximately $700 million on the transaction. All told, he banked $1.6 billion over three years by investing in the streaming content provider. Separately, the activist investor said the current market is "extremely overheated -- especially high-yield bonds." (Bloomberg Business; CNBC)
  3. Why this IPO filing lifted Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE:FCX).
  4. What Jefferies had to say about video game stocks Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA).
  5. A closer look at Facebook Inc's (NASDAQ:FB) latest technical milestone.

 

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Commodities:

 

Crude futures fell, as significant builds in oil products (such as gasoline) and a stronger dollar outweighed an eighth-straight decline in U.S. stockpiles. By day's end, August-dated crude was down 74 cents, or 1.2%, to land at $60.27 per barrel.

 

Gold ended lower for a fourth consecutive day, as the final first-quarter GDP figures fueled rate-hike speculation. August-dated gold shed $3.70, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,172.90 per ounce.


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