Oil Pain, Rate-Hike Fear Pressure Dow Jones Industrial Average

7 Signs Fear is Back

Sep 14, 2016 at 4:19 PM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tested both sides of breakeven, and eventually resolved lower as sinking crude oil prices took their toll -- though the index maintained its grip atop the 18,000 level. Skittishness also continues to linger -- both at home and abroad -- ahead of the Fed's policy-setting meeting next week, as a potential interest-rate hike remains on the table. In an interesting twist, former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke weighed in, suggesting it may be "premature to rule out" negative interest rates.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA - 18,034.77) briefly breached 18,000, but settled on a more modest loss of 32 points, or 0.2%. Just eight of 30 Dow stocks ended higher, led by Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AAPL) 3.5% uptick. Of the 22 losers, American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) fared the worst, sliding 1.4%.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,125.77) dipped 1.3 points, or almost 0.1%. However, tech stocks outperformed, helping the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 5,173.77) to an 18.5-point, or 0.4%, victory.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 18.14) added 0.3 point, or 1.6%, notching its loftiest close since late June.

Indexes closing summary September 14

NYSE and NASDAQ stats September 14

5 Items on Our Radar Today:

  1. Uber has begun testing a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, making them available to the ride-hailing service's "most loyal" users. While the vehicles are autonomous, a human will remain in the driver's seat in case of an emergency. (PCWorld)
  2. According to the Labor Department, U.S. import prices fell 0.2% in August, slightly more than expected, marking the first slide in six months. Also, export prices dropped 0.8%, representing the sharpest plunge since January. (Reuters via CNBC)
  3. Call buyers responded as Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN) hit an annual high.
  4. While this biotech blew up, a downbeat FDA note drilled this drugmaker.
  5. What to expect from Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) after earnings.

Quarterly Earnings September 14

Unusual Options Activity September 14
Data courtesy of Trade-Alert


Oil prices crashed after the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported bigger-than-expected weekly builds in petroleum products, offsetting a surprise drop in crude inventories. At the close, October-dated crude futures were down $1.32, or 2.9%, at $43.58 per barrel.

Gold edged higher on a weaker dollar, ahead of next week's Fed rate-hike decision -- snapping a five-session losing streak in the process. Specifically, gold for December delivery added $2.40, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,326.10 per ounce.

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