Dow Holds Gains Despite Boeing Turbulence

U.K. lawmakers rejected a hard Brexit vote

by Karee Venema

Published on Mar 13, 2019 at 4:29 PM

The Dow was up more than 220 points at its session peak, with Wall Street's risk appetite fueled by some encouraging economic data. The Dow briefly pared the bulk of these gains after President Donald Trump said the U.S. will ground Boeing's (BA) 737 MAX 8 planes. However, the blue-chip index muscled back to a triple-digit gain by the close, after Britain's lawmakers voted down a no-deal Brexit. U.K. Parliament tomorrow will vote on requesting an extension to the March 29 deadline to leave the European Union.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 25,702.89) gained 148.2 points, or 0.6%. UnitedHealth (UNH) outpaced 28 Dow advancers with its 2.6% pop, while Home Depot (HD) and Walt Disney (DIS) were the two decliners, shedding 0.8% and 0.6%, respectively.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,810.92) added 19.4 points, or 0.7%, for its highest close since November, while the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 7,643.41) rose 52.4 points, or 0.7%, for its highest close since October. Both indexes brought their daily win streaks to three.

The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 13.41) shed 0.4 point, or 2.6%, for its lowest close since October.

Closing Indexes Summary March 13

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats March 13

5 Items on our Radar Today

  1. Facebook users encountered a global outage today, with the social media company's WhatsApp and Instagram services also reporting issues. In a tweet, the company said they were aware of the problems, and "working to resolve the issue as soon as possible." (CNBC)
  2. Fiat Chrysler said it will recall 862,000 cars in the U.S., after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the vehicles don't meet emissions standards. The recall runs a range of vehicles, including the Dodge Journey and Jeep Compass, and will require the catalytic converter to be replaced. (USA Today)
  3. Pre-earnings warning signs are flashing on this blockchain name.
  4. 2 social media stocks sounding bearish technical alarms.
  5. The news that sent Akari Therapeutics to the top of the Nasdaq.

Corporate Earnings March 13

Unusual Options Activity March 13

Data courtesy of Trade-Alert

Inventories Update Fuels Oil Gains

Oil closed at its highest perch since Nov. 12, after the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said U.S. crude inventories unexpectedly fell last week. April-dated crude jumped $1.39, or 2.4%, to settle at $58.26 per barrel.

Gold gained as the U.S. dollar dropped on Brexit uncertainty. Gold for April delivery added $11.20, or 0.9%, to close at $1,309.30 an ounce.

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