Dow Extends Record-Setting Streak as Fed Wraps up Meeting

Oil prices continue to sink

Assistant Editor
Nov 3, 2021 at 4:26 PM
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Things looked shaky toward the end of the session, but the major indexes ended up adding to their record-streak after the U.S. Federal Reserve wrapped up its two-day monetary policy meeting. The central bank signaled it will begin to taper the pandemic-induced bond-buying program later this month, and acknowledged the speed in which prices have risen in the face of mounting inflation. They also insisted that the price hikes are merely "transitory" -- meaning the Fed is unlikely to raise interest rates after the bond taper ends next year.  

For a third-straight day, the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq each scored fresh intraday and closing highs. The blue-chip index shook off earlier losses and added around 105 points, while the Nasdaq nabbed its fifth-straight closing peak. Elsewhere, the small-cap Russell 2000 Index (RUT) also turned in an intraday high and all-time high close.

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The Dow Jones Average (DJI - 36,157.58) added 105 points or 0.3% for the day. Walgreen Boots Alliance (WBA) tacked on 3.1% to lead the list of Dow winners, and Caterpillar (CAT) fell 1.7% to pace the laggards

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 4,660.57) added 29.9 points, or 0.7% for the day, while the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 15,811.58) tacked on 162 points, or 1% for the day.

Lastly, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 15.10) gained 0.9 point, or 5.8% for the day.

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  3. Pfizer stock's options pits explode after CDC endorsement.
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  5. Zillow leaves home-flipping game, losing big in the third quarter.

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Oil Prices Continue to Move Lower

Oil prices tumbled today, after U.S. crude rose more than expected over the last week. U.S. President Joe Biden, speaking at the climate summit in Glasgow, blamed the recent spike in oil prices on the refusal of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies (OPEC+) to produce more crude. For the day, December-dated crude shed $3.05, or 3.6% to settle at $80.86 a barrel.

Gold prices fell as well, taking a dive after the Fed's decision to begin tapering pandemic-induced stimulus as inflation continues to rise. An increase in employment from ADP jobs data also contributed to the commodity's fall. As a result, December-dated gold fell $25.50 or, 1.4%, to settle at $1,763.90.

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