S&P 500, Nasdaq Nab 5th-Straight Wins as Earnings Impress

The Dow and S&P 500 are both back within striking distance of their record highs

Deputy Editor
Oct 19, 2021 at 4:25 PM
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Another round of well-received earnings helped boost markets today, with the Dow adding 198 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 both nabbed their fifth-consecutive daily wins. Additionally, both the Dow and S&P 500 now sit less than 1% from their record highs. Several big names were in the spotlight, with Dow members Travelers (TRV), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and Procter & Gamble (PG) all posting quarterly profits that topped expectations, though the latter-most dropped after announcing it was raising its prices due to a number of external factors. Meanwhile, investors will be eyeing reports from tech-giant Netflix (NFLX) and flight concern United Airlines (UAL) after tonight's close. 

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The Dow Jones Average (DJI - 35,457.31)  added 198.7 points or 0.6% for the day. Merck (MRK) paced the gainers with a 3% pop, while Procter & Gamble (PG) fell to the bottom, shedding 1.2%.  

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 4,519.63) added 33.2 points, or 0.7% for the day. The Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 15,129.09) tacked on 107.3 points, or 0.7% for the day.

Lastly, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 15.70) lost 0.6 point, or 3.7% for the day.

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Russia Natural Gas Controversy Gives Oil a Boost

Oil prices nabbed another seven-year peak today amid news that Russia may not provide additional natural gas to European consumers, despite its original promise. The country is now asking for regulatory approval to begin shipping through its Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which has been the subject of much controversy, though it has the capability to run natural gas from Russia to Europe. November-dated crude rose 52 cents, or 0.6%, to settle at $82.96 a barrel.

Gold prices snapped their two-day slump on the back of a weakening dollar and a rise in global markets. December-dated gold tacked on $4.80, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,770.50 an ounce for the day.

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