Stocks Explode Higher, Shake Off Tariff Concerns

The Dow traded in a range of nearly 800 points today

Managing Editor
Apr 4, 2018 at 4:26 PM
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Despite plummeting out of the gate on concerns about China's new tariffs, U.S. stocks managed to regain strength in afternoon trading, finishing the session in the black. The Dow was down more than 500 points at its intraday low, weighed down by a trade-war-rattled Boeing (BA) stock, but ultimately reversed to a triple-digit gain by the close. A rebound in tech and consumer discretionary stocks also helped the S&P and Nasdaq stage a late-day rally.

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

  • These stocks just made a death cross.
  • Call buying exploded during this food stock's spike.
  • Tariff tensions jolted this auto stock.
  • Plus, the tech stock upgraded; 2 car stocks in China's crosshairs; and the short-crushing beer stock.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 24,264.30) finished 230.9 points, or 1%, higher. Microsoft (MSFT) and IBM (IBM) were the biggest gainers of the 27 Dow stocks finishing in positive territory, adding 2.9% each. Boeing was the biggest decliner, shedding 1%.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,644.69) picked up 30.2 points, or 1.2%. The Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 7,042.11) gained 100.8 points, or 1.5%.

The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 20.06) finished the day 1 point, or 4.9%, lower, after briefly peaking north of 24.

Closing Indexes Summary April 4

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats April 4

5 Items on Our Radar Today

  1. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before Congress next week, following the aftermath of the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal. Zuckerberg will reportedly testify on the social media giant's privacy policies on April 11. (CNBC
  2. According to reports, Apple has been working on new iPhone features, such as touchless finger control and curved screens. It is suggested that these new features won't be available for at least two years. (Bloomberg)
  3. Why Boston Beer stock is crushing shorts.
  4. The tech stock upgraded ahead of tomorrow's analyst day.
  5. 2 car stocks that reacted to Chinese tariff concerns.

Corporate Earnings April 4

Unusual Options Activity April 4

Data courtesy of Trade-Alert

Traders Seek Safety in Gold

Though oil futures ended lower, their losses narrowed on an unexpected drop in U.S. crude inventories last week. May-dated crude finished 0.2%, or 14 cents, lower, at $63.37 per barrel. 

As tariff drama with China initially sent U.S. stocks reeling, traders sought safety in gold. June-dated futures finished up $2.90, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,340.20 an ounce.


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