FAANG Stocks, Earnings Fuel Gains on Wall Street

A key Brexit vote failed to garner parliamentary support

by Karee Venema

Published on Jan 15, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Stimulus buzz out of China and strong day for FAANG stocks boosted the broader equities market today. Positive earnings reactions for UnitedHealth (UNH) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) only created bigger tailwinds -- and put Bank of America (BAC) options bears on notice ahead of the financial firm's quarterly results tomorrow morning. This helped offset a soft inflation reading and uncertainty surrounding a failed Brexit vote in the U.K., with the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq all notching their highest closes in a month.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 24,065.59) finished near its session high, up 155.8 points, or 0.7%. Twenty-three Dow stocks gained ground, led by UnitedHealth's 3.6% pop. 3M (MMM) paced the seven decliners with its 1.7% drop.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,610.30) added 27.7 points, or 1.1%, while the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 7,023.83) rose 117.9 points, or 1.7%. 

The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 18.60) dipped below 18 in intraday trading for the first time since Dec. 4, but pared its loss to 0.5 point, or 2.5%.  

Closing Indexes Jan 15

NYSE and Nasdaq Jan 15

5 Items on our Radar Today

  1. The wholesale cost of U.S. goods and services fell the most in five months in December, shedding 0.2% -- more than the 0.1% drop expected by economists -- due in part to plunging gasoline prices. The core producer price index (PPI), which excludes the volatile energy and food sectors, was unchanged. (MarketWatch)
  2. The U.K. House of Commons rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's European Union "Withdrawal Agreement" by a vote of 432 to 202. May is expected to speak in front of parliament next Monday, Jan. 21, where she will propose a "plan B" for Brexit. (CNBC)
  3. History says it could be time to short these 2 retail stocks.
  4. The news that sparked this penny stock's massive move.
  5. Why Starbucks has room to run.

Corporate Earnings Jan 15

Unusual options activity jan 15

Data courtesy of Trade-Alert

China Stimulus Buzz Boosts Oil Prices

Oil prices got a lift on optimism surrounding China's stimulus chatter. February-dated oil added $1.46, or 2.9%, to close at $51.97 per barrel.

Gold closed lower as the U.S. dollar strengthened. Gold for February delivery settled down $2.90, or 0.2%, at $1,288.40 an ounce.

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