Dow Jones Industrial Average Drops; Nasdaq Nabs Best Weekly Win Streak Since '12

What This Rare Milestone Could Mean For Stocks

Aug 12, 2016 at 4:31 PM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) spent the entire day in the red, as stocks retreated from Thursday's record highs amid a bleak round of economic data. Falling short of economists' expectations were retail sales for July -- despite more strong earnings from the sector -- the producer price index (PPI), and consumer sentiment (although business inventories rose by more than forecast). Meanwhile, oil prices continued to rise, with crude futures reaching a fresh three-week high. The Nasdaq Composite (COMP) was another bright spot, as the tech-heavy index notched a fresh record closing high, and managed a seventh straight weekly win -- its longest such streak since March 2012. 

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA - 18,576.47) gave back 37.1 points, or 0.2%. Of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow, just nine finished with gains, led by Exxon Mobil Corporation's (NYSE:XOM) 1.3% gain. DuPont (NYSE:DD) paced the losers with a 1.9% drop. The Dow closed with a 0.2% week-over-week gain. 

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,184.05) ended 1.7 points, or 0.1%, lower. The Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 5,232.90) outperformed with a 4.5-point, or 0.1%, advance, notching its best close ever. The SPX finished the week up just 0.04%, while the COMP picked up 0.2% for the week.  

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 11.55) closed below 12 for the fourth time this week, losing 0.1 point, or 1.1%. However, the VIX posted a 1.4% weekly gain. 

Indexes closing summary August 12
NYSE and NASDAQ stats August 12

5 Items on Our Radar Today:

  1. U.S. retail sales for July disappointed, coming in essentially flat compared to the month prior. Economists had forecast a 0.4% increase, but declining sales in key areas such as department stores and restaurants weighed on the measure. (USA Today)
  2. Following the scandalous resignation of long-term CEO Roger Ailes last month, Fox News has named executives Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine co-presidents. Ailes left the company amid accusations of sexual harassment. (CNBC)
  3. How options traders responded to these 2 retailers' profit beats. 
  4. Why these 2 drilling stocks took it on the chin
  5. The 3 developments that shook Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR)

Quarterly Earnings August 12
Unusual Options Activity August 12
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Oil prices rose today, though crude futures pared gains after a report from Baker Hughes revealed a seventh straight weekly increase in U.S. rig counts. September-dated crude closed up $1.00, or 2.3%, to end at $44.49 per barrel -- a three-week high. For the week, crude oil added 6.4%, its biggest weekly gain since early April.

Gold prices erased intraday gains, ending the day in the red. Gold dated for December delivery was down $6.80, or 0.5%, to close at $1,343.20 an ounce. Gold prices ended the week down roughly 0.09%. 

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