Stocks Falter as Fed Minutes Fail to Inspire Confidence

Oil futures closed at a two-year high on the busy pre-Thanksgiving travel day

Managing Editor
Nov 22, 2017 at 4:36 PM
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It was a choppy, low-volume session on Wall Street, with traders carefully eyeing the November Fed minutes. While the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) was upbeat on employment and the economy, some members are concerned that "elevated asset valuations" could lead to a sharp reversal in asset prices -- with potentially "damaging effects" on the economy. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and S&P 500 Index (SPX) both ended the day below breakeven, while the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) notched another day of record highs.

Continue reading for more on today's market, including:

  • The telecom stock to target right now.
  • A non-Amazon retailer to buy for the holidays.
  • 2 outperforming stocks Barclays just upgraded.
  • Plus, the FAANG-friendly ETF with heavy call volume; why iRobot stock is sinking; and a massive day for oil futures.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA - 23,526.18) settled the session down 64.7 points, or 0.3%. Verizon (VZ) paced the nine Dow advancers with its 2% gain, while DowDuPont (DWDP) led the 21 decliners with its 0.9% drop.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,597.08) finished down about 2 points, or 0.08%. After notching an all-time peak of 6,874.52, the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 6,867.36) closed 4.9 points, or 0.07%, higher.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 9.88) picked up 0.2 point, or 1.5%, but marked its second consecutive close in single-digit territory.

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5 Items on Our Radar Today

  1. Facebook will be launching an option for users to discover whether or not they liked or followed pages and content created by Russia's Internet Research Association during the 2016 election season. The platform add-on should be usable by the end of the year. (Bloomberg)
  2. Ride-hailing app Uber Technologies is under fire again after disclosing that the company paid hackers to cover up a breach that shared data from millions of customers and drivers around the globe. In response, governments around the world have launched investigations into the claim. (Reuters
  3. Online shopping has topped $1 billion in revenue per day so far for the month of November, and is expected to reach $6.6 billion on Cyber Monday. For the full online holiday shopping season, sales are expected to reach $107 billion. (CNBC)
  4.  The FAANG-friendly ETF seeing significant call volume.
  5.  Why iRobot stock is sinking ahead of Black Friday.

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Data courtesy of Trade-Alert


January-dated crude futures rose $1.19, or 2.1%, to close at $58.02 per barrel, lifting oil to its highest daily settlement in more than two years. Traders were responding to drawdowns in domestic inventories, with both the American Petroleum Institute (API) and Energy Information Administration (EIA) reporting declines for the week ended Nov. 17.

December-dated gold futures got a boost from the weak dollar today. Gold logged a gain of $10.50, or 0.08%, to settle at $1,292.20 per ounce. Following the afternoon release of the Fed minutes, gold largely held its gains in electronic trading.


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