August Underway With Mediocre Market Performance

Oil and gold both pulled back from July's big wins

Managing Editor
Aug 1, 2023 at 4:29 PM
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Stocks started August with a lackluster session, unable to build on July's blowout performance. Wall Street weighed a variety of economic data, including the lowest jobs opening levels since April 2021 for June and another contraction of the ISM manufacturing index. The Dow eked out a modest gain for its third straight win, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 both settled lower. 

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  1. CVS Health (CVS) is the latest to cut a slew of jobs. (MarketWatch)
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  3. Record high for Caterpillar stock after earnings.
  4. Upbeat outlook intrigues UBER options traders.
  5. Buy the dip on this car stock.

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Commodities Cool After Hot July

Oil prices fell slightly, as investors took profits following July's outperformance. September-dated oil fell 47 cents, or 0.5%, to settle at $81.33 per barrel.

Gold struggled this afternoon, closing lower after ISM manufacturing data and the U.S. dollar weighed heavy. December-dated gold shed $30.40, or 1.5%, to settle at $1,978.80 an ounce.


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