Dow Jones Industrial Average Edges Higher; Nasdaq Nabs Record

45 Stocks Set For a Santa Claus Rally

Nov 29, 2016 at 4:21 PM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) bounced on a round of upbeat economic data, while a strong day for tech stocks lifted the Nasdaq Composite (COMP) to a new record high. This, despite mounting anxiety over tomorrow's Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting, where a production cut is anything but certain -- with non-OPEC producer Russia confirming it will not be in attendance.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA - 19,121.60) tacked on 23.7 points, or 0.1%. Thirteen of 30 Dow stocks settled higher, led by UnitedHealth Group Inc's (NYSE:UNH) 3.6% advance. Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) paced the 17 blue-chip laggards, diving 1%.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,204.66) edged up nearly 3 points, or 0.1%. Elsewhere, the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 5,379.92) bested its peers, adding 11.1 points, or 0.2%, and notching a record high of 5,403.86.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 12.90) slid 0.3 point, or 1.9%, settling just above its 10-day moving average.

Indexes closing summary November 29
NYSE and NASDAQ stats November 29

5 Items on Our Radar Today

  1. Citing "an economy that is growing at a healthy pace," Fed Governor Jerome Powell said the case for an interest rate hike has strengthened. However, he added that the economy still faces challenges, such as an aging population, which demand "policies that will support productivity and allow our dynamic economy to generate widespread gains in prosperity." (CNBC)
  2. Donald Trump has reportedly appointed Elaine Chao as his transportation secretary, likely to be a huge player in the president-elect's infrastructure redevelopment plans. Chao previously served as secretary of labor under President George W. Bush, and is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (CNN)
  3. Ahead of tomorrow's OPEC meeting, bearish options bettors bombarded a pair of oil ETFs.
  4. Despite Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AAPL) shaky technical footing, bullish traders haven't been deterred.
  5. One brokerage firm is predicting fresh highs for these blue-chip bank stocks.

Quarterly Earnings November 29

Unusual Options Activity November 29
Data courtesy of Trade-Alert

Commodities:

Oil prices tanked amid skepticism toward OPEC's ability to reach a production-cut agreement at tomorrow's summit in Vienna, with Iraq and Iran reportedly resisting pressure to curtail output. January-dated futures lost $1.85, or 3.9%, to close at $45.23 per barrel.

The rising prospects of a Fed rate hike pressured gold futures. Specifically, gold for February delivery -- the most active futures contract -- gave back $3, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,190.80 per ounce.

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