Dow Hits New High Despite Tepid Trading

Retail earnings again were in focus

by Josh Selway

Published on Nov 26, 2019 at 4:34 PM
Updated on Nov 26, 2019 at 4:40 PM

Stocks spent most of the day trading in positive territory, with the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq all hitting record highs, though they closed with only modest gains. Retail earnings were again in focus, with mostly favorable reactions, while investors also weighed a batch of lukewarm economic data. Overall, however, it was a somewhat low-volume session on Wall Street, with many traders possibly already stepping away from their desks ahead of Thursday's Thanksgiving Day holiday.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 28,121.68) rose 55.2 points, or 0.2%, with 17 of 30 components closing higher. Merck (MRK) had the best day, adding 1.9%, and Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) was the worst off with its 1.7% decline.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 3,140.52) rose 6.9 points, or 0.2%, and the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 8,647.93) added 15.5 points, or 0.2%.

The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 11.54) dipped 0.3 point, or 2.8%.

Closing Indexes Summary Nov 26

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats Nov 26

5 Items on Our Radar Today

  1. The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) CBD warning last night sent waves throughout the weed sector today. The FDA on Monday said there are "serious concerns about potential harm from CBD." (MarketWatch)
  2. Mexico's economy has entered what one economist deemed a "technical recession." It's rare to see the Mexican economy retract while the U.S. keeps growing, and this comes as Congress still has yet to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement -- a replacement for NAFTA. (CNBC)
  3. Bulls keep targeting Disney.
  4. A beverage stock for call buyers to bet on.
  5. 3 stocks that saw heavy options trading.

Corporate Earnings Nov 26

Unusual Options Activity Nov 26

Oil and Gold Prices Gain

Oil prices rose today thanks to trade-deal hopes. January crude futures finished up 40 cents, or 0.6%, at $58.41 per barrel.

Gold prices also grabbed a win today. December gold futures added $3.40, or 0.2%, at $1,460.30 an ounce.

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