Dow Settles Volatile Day in the Red Following Powell Speech

Black gold surged to 2014 highs today

Managing Editor
Jan 26, 2022 at 4:25 PM
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Taking focus for today's session were upbeat earnings out of Microsoft (MSFT) and the latest announcement from Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell, following the committee's two-day meeting. Specifically, Powell suggested interest rate hikes could be expected as soon as March. In response, bank stocks surged, and the Dow struggled between breakeven for much of the last few hours of trading, despite its midday bounce. In the end, the blue-chip and S&P 500 indexes closed in the red, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq managed to inch into the black.

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The Dow Jones Average (DJI - 34,168.09) shed 129.6 points, or 0.4% for the day. MSFT led the gainers today, adding 2.9%, and Boeing (BA) paced the laggards with a 4.8% fall. 

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 4,349.93) moved 6.5 points lower, or 0.2%, while the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 13,542.12) inched 2.3 points higher, or 0.02%, for today's session. 

Lastly, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 31.96) added 0.8 point, or 2.6% for the day.

Closing Indexes Summary Jan 26

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats Jan 26

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Corporate Earnings Jan 26

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Oil Marks Highest Close Since 2014

Russia and Ukraine tensions continue to drive oil prices higher, sending the black gold to its highest close since October 2014. March-dated oil added $1.75, or nearly 2%, to settle at $87.35 per barrel.

On the flip side, gold struggled today, faltering on the heels of Powell's Fed speech, which suggested imminent interest raises. February-dated gold dropped $22.80, or 1.2%, to close at $1,829.70 per ounce. 

 

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