Dow Jones Industrial Average Marks Second Day in the Red

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May 4, 2016 at 4:24 PM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) failed to see positive territory for a second consecutive session, selling off yet again on a round of lackluster economic data. Crude oil managed a slightly higher close despite a larger-than-expected rise in U.S. inventories, but energy stocks suffered. And as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) resumed its slump, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite (COMP) came within a chip-shot of correction territory.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA - 17,651.26) was down nearly 142 points at its intraday low, but pared its loss to 99.7 points, or 0.6%. Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) paced the 22 laggards, shedding 2.8%. McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) led the eight gainers on a 0.7% climb. 

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,051.12) lost 12.3 points, or 0.6%, while the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 4,725.64) gave up 37.6 points, or 0.8%.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 16.05) added 0.5 point, or 2.9%, for its highest close in over three weeks.

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5 Items on Our Radar Today:

  1. Ahead of tonight's earnings release, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) dropped 4.2% on news that two top executives are leaving the company. The vice president of production and vice president of manufacturing become the fourth and fifth executives to leave Tesla ahead of the much-anticipated Model 3 release. (Bloomberg)
  2. Republic presidential hopeful John Kasich canceled an event today, planning instead to make an announcement from Ohio this evening. After Ted Cruz suspended his campaign following Donald Trump's win in Indiana Tuesday, most expect Kasich to reveal that he will also drop out of the race. (CNBC)
  3. Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) gave up a major trendline with a post-earnings dive.
  4. How McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) climbed to yet another record high.
  5. This e-tail issue posted its first-ever profit, but there's still plenty of ground to make up.

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Crude oil managed to claw its way to a slight gain, with June futures ending at $43.78 per barrel, up 13 cents, or 0.3%. Wildfires in Alberta, Canada, sparked concerns about production in the region, overshadowing a bigger-than-expected increase in weekly crude inventories.

Gold continued to tumble after its six-session hot streak ended Tuesday, as the June contract slid $17.40, or 1.4%, to $1,274.40 an ounce. A slightly stronger dollar served as a catalyst to the precious metal's decline, though a global equities sell-off kept gold's losses in check.


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