Stocks Cool as Home Depot Weighs on Dow

President Trump also put trade in focus with his comments on China

by Josh Selway

Published on Nov 19, 2019 at 4:31 PM
Updated on Jun 24, 2020 at 10:16 AM

The U.S. stock market struggled today due to weakness in the retail sector. A disappointing earnings release from Home Depot (HD) was the main focus, pulling the Dow off its early record high. The S&P and Nasdaq each pulled back from their own milestones, too, despite a strong session for healthcare stocks. Traders also considered more commentary on the U.S.-China trade fight from President Donald Trump, who said in a Cabinet meeting that he'll raise tariffs on China if the countries can't make a deal.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 27,934.02) closed down 102.2 points, or 0.4%, with half of its 30 components closing in the red. Visa (V) led the winners with a 1.7% advance, and HD's 5.4% drop paced the losers.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 3,120.18) dropped 1.9 points, or 0.06%, and the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 8,570.66) managed a 20.7-point, or 0.2%, win.

The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 12.86) added 0.4 point, or 3.2%.

Closing Indexes Summary Nov 19

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats Nov 19

5 Items on Our Radar Today

  1. People are still looking through a paper released yesterday by former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, which essentially shines a light on the deficiencies in the current tax collection process in the U.S. Numbers from the research suggest the "tax gap" could grow to $7.5 trillion over the next 10 years. (CNBC)
  2. The largest coal power plant in the West just closed. The Navajo Generating Station used the last of its coal on Monday, with the company's CEO saying the economics didn't make sense anymore given the price of natural gas and renewable energy sources. (Arizona Republic)
  3. 2 stocks caught in the Kohl's headwinds.
  4. Options traders take aim at Lowe's before earnings.
  5. A British biotech that boomed on drug data.

Corporate Earnings Nov 19

Unusual Options Activity Nov 19

Oil Prices Fall Again

Oil prices got hit hard again on oversupply concerns. December crude futures fell $1.84, or 3.2%, to close at $55.21 per barrel.

Gold prices got a lift amid the pullback in equities. December gold futures added $2.40, or 0.2%, to close at $1,474.30 an ounce.

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