Dow Turns Lower on Trade, D.C. Uncertainty

Trading volumes were muted on Wall Street today

by Josh Selway

Published on Feb 11, 2019 at 4:25 PM

A slow news day on Wall Street resulted in low trading volumes, as investors take a wait-and-see approach amid trade uncertainty. The Dow and its index peers spent time on both sides of breakeven, with traders looking ahead to another round of trade talks between the U.S. and China in Beijing this week. Also likely causing hesitation is the potential for another government shutdown, as U.S. lawmakers continue to negotiate over funding for border security before the Feb. 15 deadline. By the close, the Dow was in the red, while the S&P and Nasdaq eked out modest gains.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 25,054.73) ended with a 51.6-point, or 0.2%, loss, though half of its 30 components closed with gains. Nike (NKE) was by far the biggest gainer, closing up 1.6%, and the losers were paced by a 1.9% pullback in Walt Disney (DIS) shares.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,709.80) managed a 1.9-point, or 0.1%, win, and the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 7,307.91) closed up 9.7 points, or 0.1%. 

The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 15.97) finished up 0.3 point, or 1.6%.

us stock market closing indexes feb 11

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5 Items on our Radar Today

  1. McDonald's (MCD) now has donut sticks. The restaurant chain just announced the new product as a way to bolster its breakfast menu. The company introduced Triple Breakfast Stacks back in November, which the company said have been a major hit. (CNN Business)
  2. A number of former Toys 'R' Us executives are trying to bring the liquidated retailer back to life. These executives have started a company called "Tru Kids," and the business plan is still a work in progress, as the company is exploring various different options. (CNBC)
  3. Downgraded Roku stock is testing a key level.
  4. Option bears pounced on the Overstock sell-off.
  5. The retailer looking to extend an impressive earnings streak

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Data courtesy of Trade-Alert

Dollar Strength Keeps Pressure on Gold

Global trade concerns also weighed on oil prices today. March-dated crude futures fell 31 cents, or 0.6%, to end at $52.41 per barrel.

Gold also struggled as the dollar continued to strengthen. Gold dated for April delivery was down $6.60, or 0.5%, at the close to settle at $1,311.90 an ounce.

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