Dow Ends Higher on Tentative China Trade Optimism

Ahead of this weekend's G-20 summit, Kudlow tempered Trump's tough talk on trade

Lillian Currens
Nov 27, 2018 at 4:34 PM
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The Dow opened lower today -- pressured in part by losses for tariff target Apple (AAPL) ahead of this weekend's much-anticipated G-20 meeting -- but the index eventually clawed higher after exploring a 334-point range on both sides of breakeven. Traders showed some cautious interest in defensive names after Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida predicted a likely "gradual policy normalization" in 2019, and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow walked back some of President Donald Trump's hawkish China trade talk. Meanwhile, the S&P capitalized on freshly reclaimed chart support in the wake of Monday's rally, extending its lead above the 2,650 half-century level and its 80-week moving average

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 24,748.73) made gains today, tacking on 108.5 points, or 0.4%. Twenty-one of the 30 Dow stocks were up today, with Verizon (VZ) in the lead with a 2.5% gain and United Technologies (UTX) bringing up the back with a 4.1% loss. 

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,682.20) rose 8.8 points, or 0.3%, while the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 7,082.70) edged 0.9 point higher, or 0.01%. 

The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 19.02) put on 0.1 point, or 0.6%.

Closing Indexes Summary Nov 27

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats Nov 27

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Corporate Earnings Nov 27

Unusual Options Activity Nov 27

Data courtesy of Trade-Alert

Oil, Gold Back Down as Dollar Firms

Oil prices were little changed today, inching only a few cents lower as a stronger U.S. dollar overshadowed expectations for a possible forthcoming production cut from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Crude futures for January delivery lost 7 cents, or 0.1%, to settle at $51.56 per barrel. 

Dollar-denominated gold futures also finished lower today. December-dated gold dropped $9, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,213.40 an ounce. 


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