Strong Retail Earnings Push Dow to Triple-Digit Win

The blue-chip index notched its fifth-straight win

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Aug 16, 2022 at 4:30 PM
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The Dow stayed hot today, reversing this morning's premarket losses to nab a fifth-straight gain and third consecutive triple-digit win. It's also the blue-chip index's longest win streak since May 27. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 settled slightly above breakeven for a third-straight gain, while the Nasdaq logged a modest loss.

Upbeat quarterly results from the likes of Walmart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD) gave the retail sector a boost, with Target (TGT) enjoying a nice pop ahead of tomorrow's earnings call. A sharp drop in housing starts for July likely capped investor sentiment, though the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) closed under 20 for the third day in a row.

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The Dow Jones Average (DJI - 34,152.01) added 239.6 points, or 0.7% for the day. Walmart (WMT) led the gainers, adding 5.1%. 3M (MMM) paced the laggards, falling 0.8%.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 4,305.20) rose 8.1 points, or 0.2% for the day. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 13,102.55) shed 25.50 points, or 0.2% for the session.

Lastly, the Cboe Market Volatility Index (VIX - 19.69) rose shed 0.3 point, or 1.4% for the day.

Closing Indexes Summary August 16

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats August 16

5 Things to Know Today

  1. American Airlines (AAL) agreed to buy 20 supersonic Overture planes from Boom Supersonic to dramatically cut trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flight times. (CNBC)
  2. The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) moved the World Cup kickoff to Nov. 20 to give Qatar a Sunday evening slot with the global audience. (MarketWatch)
  3. Walmart surged to its highest level since May after today's earnings beat.
  4. Home Depot stock brushed off a 3% drop in quarterly customer transactions.
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Earnings August 16

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Oil Prices Log Worst Close Since January

Oil prices moved lower on Tuesday to notch their lowest close since January. Demand and recession fears, a potential Iran nuclear deal, and disappointing global economic data all weighed on black gold. September-dated crude lost $2.88, or 3.2%, to settle at $86.53 per barrel for the day.

Gold prices were also lower, marking their second-straight session in the red. Housing starts data pushed U.S. Treasury yields higher, dulling the precious metal. In turn, December-dated gold dropped $8.40, or 0.5%, to close at $1,789.70 an ounce.


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