Dow Dips Amid Earnings Deluge

A big day from Tesla is powering the Nasdaq higher

Managing Editor
Oct 24, 2019 at 11:59 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is lower at midday, but has pared a triple-digit deficit at its session lows, as a dismal earnings report from 3M (MMM) offsets well-received quarterly reports from Microsoft (MSFT) and Dow Inc (DOW). The S&P 500 Index (SPX) is sitting just above breakeven, while the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) is confidently higher, propped up by Tesla's (TSLA) quest for the $300 level. Elsewhere, investors are digesting a 1.1% drop in durable goods orders for September, its steepest drop in four months, though the weak economic data is bolstering expectations for another Fed rate cut next week. 

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Midday Market Stats Oct 24

One name seeing heightened options volume today is Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), with more than 180,000 options crossing the tape so far -- six times the average intraday amount, and volume pacing for the 100th percentile of its annual range. Leading the charge today is the January 2020 10-strike call, where it looks like options traders are selling their positions to close. Ford stock is down 6.5% to trade at $8.62, after the carmaker cut its full-year earnings forecast. 

ServiceNow Inc (NYSE:NOW) is one of the top stocks on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today, up 8.4% to trade at $238.49, after the software company reported a third-quarter earnings and revenue beat. Despite no fewer than eight price-target cuts today, NOW stock has erased yesterday's losses -- fueled by a surprise CEO exit -- and recently pulled back to a trendline with historically bullish implications

On the other end of the spectrum is PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), down 9.5% to trade at $7.42 today. Weighing on the stock is news of a growing wildfire near San Francisco, and the utility company has turned off the power in more than a dozen counties. PG&E stock is heading toward its lowest close since January, and earlier this month was rejected by its 40-day moving average.

MMC Daily Chart PCG


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