BoJ, Icahn Drop Dow Jones Industrial Average 210 Points

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Apr 28, 2016 at 4:24 PM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gave back yesterday's Fed-fueled gains and then some, dropping triple digits after activist investor Carl Icahn said he sold his position in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), citing growing risk in China. As such, AAPL stock tumbled for the second day in a row. Stocks also reacted to a surprise Bank of Japan (BoJ) policy decision and a downbeat round of economic data, while gold and crude oil prices both advanced on a weaker dollar.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA - 17,830.76) got leveled, shedding 210.8 points, or 1.2%, for its worst single-day point drop since Feb. 11. All 30 Dow stocks settled in the red, led by AAPL's nearly 3.1% fall.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,075.81) slid 19.3 points, or 0.9%. Likewise, the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 4,805.29) lost 57.9 points, or 1.2%, but found a foothold near the round 4,800 area.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 15.22) jumped 1.5 points, or 10.5%, to notch its highest close since April 11.

Indexes Closing Summary April 28

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats April 28

5 Items on Our Radar Today:

  1. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) confirmed that it will be acquiring Dreamworks Animation Skg Inc (NASDAQ:DWA) to the tune of $3.8 billion, pending regulatory approval, confirming yesterday's rumors. (CNN)
  2. Along with his AAPL revelation, and just a day after the Fed stood pat on interest rates, Icahn opined that "there will be a day of reckoning unless we get fiscal stimulus." (CNBC)
  3. One automaker shocked analysts with record-breaking profit margins, as global sales of trucks and SUVs expanded.
  4. Fitbit Inc. (NYSE:FIT) signed a deal with e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) in an effort to penetrate Chinese markets.
  5. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) calls stayed hot as the stock bounced back from Wednesday's losses.

Corporate Earnings April 28

Unusual Options Activity April 28
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Commodities:

Oil prices rose for a third straight day, after a report showed domestic crude output declined for a seventh consecutive week. Specifically, June-dated crude futures tacked on 70 cents, or 1.5%, to finish at $46.03 per barrel -- the highest settlement since Nov. 4.

Gold extended its upward momentum, after the recent Fed and BoJ decisions to stand pat on monetary policy weighed on the dollar. At the close, gold for June delivery was $16, or 1.3%, higher at $1,266.40 per ounce.

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