Disney Sinks Dow Jones Industrial Average

Amazon vs. Wal-Mart; Plus, The Tweet Heard 'Round the Biotech World

by Kirra Fedyszyn

Published on Nov 27, 2015 at 1:42 PM
Updated on Nov 27, 2015 at 1:43 PM

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) flirted with breakeven throughout the day, but ultimately finished the shortened, light-volume session in the red, with a big loss from Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) weighing down the blue-chip index. Traders awaited preliminary retail data for Black Friday, while eyeing next week's busy calendar for more clues on a December rate hike. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) managed to come out ahead in spite of a steep sell-off in China and falling energy stocks, while the Nasdaq Composite (COMP) managed another respectable gain today, thanks to strong numbers out of biotech.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA - 17,798.49) slid 14.9 points, or 0.08%. Seventeen of the Dow's 30 components ended higher, led by a 0.7% gain at Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS). DIS paced the 12 declining blue chips, dropping 3%, while General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) finished flat. For the week, the Dow lost 0.1%.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,090.11) eked out a gain of 1.2 points, or 0.06%. The Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 5,1127.52) fared the best, tacking on 11.4 points, or 0.2%. For the week, the SPX and COMP added 0.05% and 0.4%, respectively.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 15.12) gave up 0.07 point, or 0.5%, bringing its weekly deficit to 2.3%.

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5 Items on Our Radar Today:

  1. Sales data from Thanksgiving and early Black Friday may not be what traders were hoping for, especially when it comes to brick-and-mortar stores. Meanwhile, NASA wants to take your attention off the shopping frenzy with its educational #BlackHoleFriday. (MarketWatch
  2. Protestors in Chicago planned a march through the city's ritziest streets, rallying against problems in the police department. The protest comes largely in response to the release of dashcam videos showing the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, which occurred last year. (CNBC)
  3. Is ESPN stealing the "Star Wars" thunder?
  4. Here are 7 deadly trading sins you may have committed and some tips on how to avoid them.
  5. It has been a slow week on Wall Street, but take a look at what's coming up on next week's calendar.


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Commodities:

Crude oil for January was last seen down $1.09, or 2.5%, at $41.95 a barrel, thanks to a stronger dollar and discouraging data out of China. The global surplus continues to weigh in the price of oil, which is on pace for a slight 5-cent gain on the week.

The strong dollar also had a negative effect of the price of gold futures, with December-dated gold losing $13.80, or 1.3%, last seen at near a six-year low $1,056.20 an ounce. The malleable metal is on pace for a weekly loss of 1.8% -- a sixth straight weekly drop. 


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