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Stock market today October 27, 2021

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Stock market today

A lower close for the US stock market today. Nasdaq closed flat, small-cap stocks underperformed. The closing numbers for the US stock market today are the following.

S&P 500: 4,551.68,-23.11(-0.51%)
Dow 30: 35,490.69,-266.19(-0.74%)
Nasdaq: 15,235.84,+0.12(0.00%)
Russell 2000: 2,252.49,-43.58(-1.90%)

Stock market news

“The S&P 500 and Dow pulled back from record levels on Wednesday while the Nasdaq gained, as investors eyed a slew of stronger-than-expected earnings results from closely watched technology companies. The Nasdaq 100 set a record high.

West Texas intermediate crude oil prices retreated after a recent run-up but remained near their highest level since 2014. Treasury yields sank across the curve, and the benchmark 10-year yield fell below 1.6%.

Google’s parent-company Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) reached a record high, rising in its best day since February after posting third-quarter revenues and earnings that topped consensus estimates. These results were fueled by a further rise in online advertising spending, especially among retailers on Google Search. YouTube and Google Cloud revenue growth, however, slowed compared to the prior quarter. And Microsoft (MSFT) posted quarterly results that exceeded estimates on nearly every major metric, aided by another surge in the company’s closely watched cloud computing business segment. The Redmond, Washington-based company also saw its stock jump to a record high on Wednesday following its latest report.

Outside of the mega-cap technology companies, a number of other corporations also posted resilient earnings results. Twitter (TWTR) shares gained in late trading after posting third-quarter sales that were about in-line with expectations, while Wall Street had braced for the company to see similar negative impacts from Apple’s iOS privacy update as peer social media company Snap (SNAP) had reported for the same quarter.

And chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) also delivered quarterly earnings that exceeded estimates and boosted its full-year forecast. The company noted that supply chain constraints were partially inhibiting its ability to meet demand to provide PC and video-game console chips, though CEO Lisa Su added during AMD’s earnings call that she believed the current supply-side challenges would improve next year.”

Stock market data: Yahoo Finance

Microsoft fiscal Q1 2022 earnings beat expectations

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Microsoft Q1 2022 earnings

“Microsoft (MSFT) reported its fiscal Q1 2022 earnings after the closing bell on Tuesday, easily beating analysts’ expectations on the top and bottom line.

Here are the most important numbers from the report compared with what analysts were expecting, as compiled by Bloomberg.

Revenue: $45.3 billion versus $43.93 billion expected

Earnings per share: $2.71 versus $2.07 expected

Intelligent Cloud: $16.98 versus $16.58 billion expected

Productivity & Business processes: $15.04 versus $14.70 billion expected

More personal computing: $13.31 versus $12.68 billion expected”

Stock market data : Yahoo Finance

Stock market today October 25, 2021

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Stock market today

A higher close today for the US stock market with small-cap stocks outperforming. The closing numbers for the US stock market today are as follows:

S&P 500: 4,566.48,+21.58(+0.47%)
Dow 30: 35,741.15,+64.13(+0.18%)
Nasdaq: 15,226.71,+136.51(+0.90%)
Russell 2000: 2,312.64,+21.37(+0.93%)

Stock market news

“Stocks moved higher on Monday as investors awaited a slew of earnings results from the Big Tech companies, as well as a myriad of other corporations across industries this week.

The Dow and S&P 500 set record intraday highs. The Nasdaq gained, and shares of Tesla (TSLA) rallied to an all-time high with a market capitalization exceeding $1 trillion for the first time.

U.S. West Texas intermediate (CL=F) crude oil prices topped $85 per barrel, reaching the highest level since 2014. The move tracked gains in Brent crude (BZ=F), the international benchmark, which jumped above $86 per barrel for its highest level since 2018 after Saudi Arabia’s energy minister suggested in a Bloomberg interview that oil producers exercise caution in boosting output despite fast-rising prices.

The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield hovered around 1.64%, or near its highest level since May, as inflation concerns remained front and center for investors amid rising energy and commodity prices and other price gains across the recovering economy. Last week, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the elevated inflationary pressures spurred by supply chain constraints were “likely to last longer than previously expected, likely well into next year.”

A number of individual companies have also flagged the impacts of rising costs in their earnings reports over the past couple weeks. Kevin Boone, executive vice president of sales and marketing for freight railroad company CSX Transportation (CSX), said during the company’s earnings call last week that cost inflation has jumped over the last year, and “expectations have risen and are rising in the next year.” And likewise, Whirlpool (WHRL) CEO Marc Bitzer said on the appliance company’s earnings call he did not “expect that the inflation will quickly fall off” heading into next year.

This week’s earnings results will center on those from the Big Tech companies including Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN) and Alphabet (GOOGL). These comprise some of the most heavily weighted components of the S&P 500. Most have underperformed the market this year after significant rallies in 2020 at the height of stay-in-place orders and demand for technology to stay connected.”

Stock market data: Yahoo Finance

Stock market today October 22, 2021

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Stock market today

The US stock market closed lower today, with the exception of Dow Jones which closed higher, Nasdaq underperformed. The closing numbers for the US stock market today are:

S&P 500: 4,544.90,-4.88(-0.11%)
Dow 30: 35,677.02,+73.94(+0.21%)
Nasdaq: 15,090.20,-125.50(-0.82%)
Russell 2000: 2,291.27,-4.92(-0.21%)

Stock market news

“Stocks were mixed on Friday as investors digested new commentary on asset-purchase tapering and inflation from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, amid a slew of fresh earnings reports from major companies.

The Dow set a record closing high, taking out a previous record close from August 16. The S&P 500 retreated after setting a fresh intraday record high. The reversal to the downside came as Powell said the central bank was “on track to begin a taper of our asset purchases that, if the economy evolves broadly as expected, will be completed by the middle of next year” during a virtual event hosted by the South African Reserve Bank Friday. The central bank had previously telegraphed it believed the economy was nearing the recovery threshold that would warrant the start to tapering of the Fed’s crisis-era asset purchase program.

Powell also noted he expected elevated inflationary pressures spurred by global supply constraints “are likely to last longer than previously expected, likely well into next year.”

The Nasdaq underperformed following a couple of weaker-than-expected technology earnings.

Snap (SNAP) shares sank by a record 27% after missing third-quarter revenues and offering weak current-quarter guidance, with Apple’s iOS privacy updates denting the social media platform’s advertising business. The miss also catalyzed a drop in shares of peer social media companies including Facebook (FB) and Alphabet (GOOGL).

Shares of Intel (INTC) also dropped after the company said margins would be under pressure for the next up to three years, in part reflecting challenges from global materials shortages. And Chipotle (CMG) shares fluctuated between small gains and losses despite posting better-than-expected quarterly same-store sales, though the company flagged widespread staffing shortages.

Despite some of the more recent, mixed earnings results, the S&P 500 and Dow have hovered within striking distance of their all-time highs, boosted by a string of earlier estimates-topping quarterly corporate profits and economic data. Both have served to stave off concerns over a decelerating growth environment after a surge in reopening activity earlier this year.”

Stock market data: Yahoo Finance

Stock market today October 21, 2021

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Stock market today

A mixed close for the US stock market today, Nasdaq outperformed and Dow Jones underperformed. The closing numbers for the US stock market today are:

S&P 500: 4,549.78,+13.59(+0.30%)
Dow 30: 35,603.08,-6.26(-0.02%)
Nasdaq: 15,215.70,+94.02(+0.62%)
Russell 2000: 2,292.86,+3.10(+0.14%)

Stock market news

“Stocks were mostly higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 rising to log an all-time high as a parade of strong earnings results helped buoy equity prices.

The S&P 500 rose 0.3% to reach record intraday and closing highs, led by gains in the consumer discretionary and information technology sectors. The Dow dipped but came off session lows. The 30-stock index had set a fresh record intraday high during the regular trading day on Wednesday, marking its first all-time high since mid-August.

Bitcoin prices (BTC-USD) pulled back from an all-time high of $66,000 reached earlier on Wednesday.

Estimates-topping earnings results from companies from Verizon (VZ) to Anthem (ANTM) and Abbott Laboratories (ABT) extended a streak of strong quarterly reports kicked off by the big banks last week. Tesla (TSLA) shares pushed higher after the electric-vehicle maker posted profits that exceeded estimates on the back of record quarterly deliveries, though revenues fell short.

With stocks trading near record levels, these kinds of earnings beats will need to be maintained in order to fuel further appreciation, some strategists said.

“Both the fiscal stimulus and monetary stimulus has been driving markets really since the ricochet off the bottom of COVID,” Michael Vogelzang, chief investment officer for Captrust, told Yahoo Finance Live on Wednesday. “What we’re looking at now is, the easy work is done. The Fed is beginning to taper shortly, we expect. We don’t expect interest rates to rise much from here. But what it means is that the market is reasonably valued. It’s not cheap by anyone’s estimation. And in order to progress here … we’re going to have to see stronger earnings growth, and continued strong earnings growth.”

“We’ve seen the peak cycle acceleration,” he added. “Now it’s the hard work – can we continue to create profit growth in our various companies? Can the market and the economies around the globe work through some of the logistical issues?”

Stock market data: Yahoo Finance

Stock market futures October 19, 2021

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Stock market futures today

At 9:05 AM ET time today, October 19, 2021, the stock futures for the US stock market point to a moderately higher open.The latest stock market futures data follows:

S&P Futures: 4,495.25,+17.75(+0.40%)
Dow Futures: 35,270.00,+137.00(+0.39%)
Nasdaq Futures: 15,337.00,+46.50(+0.30%)
Russell 2000 Futures: 2,275.80,+11.10(+0.49%)

Stock market data: Yahoo Finance

Top stock losers today October 15, 2021

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Top stock losers

  • Siyata Mobile Inc (SYTAW): 0.425,-0.275,(-39.27%)
  • Duck Creek Technologies Inc (DCT): 34.94,-11.29,(-24.42%)
  • Catchmark Timber (CTT): 9.40,-2.77,(-22.76%)

Stock market data: Investing.com

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Top stock gainers today October 15, 2021

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Top stock gainers

  • LM Funding America Inc (LMFA): 4.750,+1.310,(+38.08%)
  • Waitr Holdings Inc (WTRH): 1.4200,+0.3900,(+37.86%)
  • Jasper Therapeutics Inc (JSPR): 6.420,+3.940,(+31.57%)

Stock market data: Investing.com

Stock market today October 15, 2021

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Stock market today

A higher close for the US stock market today, small-cap stocks underperformed and Dow Jones outperformed.

The closing numbers for the US stock market today are:

S&P 500: 4,471.37,+33.11(+0.75%)
Dow 30: 35,294.76,+382.20(+1.09%)
Nasdaq: 14,897.34,+73.91(+0.50%)
Russell 2000: 2,265.65,-8.52(-0.37%)

Stock market news

“Stocks rose on Friday to post a robust weekly advance, with stronger-than-expected earnings and economic data helping lift the S&P 500 for a third consecutive day. The blue-chip index closed out the week higher by about 1.8% in its best one-week increase since July.

A new report from the Commerce Department showed an unexpected rise in U.S. retail sales in September and helped further lift sentiment, with consumer spending holding up more strongly than expected even given the latest rise in prices and lingering virus-related impacts.

Shares of big bank stocks including Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C) and Morgan Stanley (MS) ticked up during the pre-market session. The stocks had jumped a day earlier, after these banks posted much stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings results. Peer banking titan Goldman Sachs (GS) also reported much stronger-than-expected earnings results before the opening bell Friday morning, sending shares sharply higher.

This week’s early batch of stronger-than-anticipated quarterly results has helped assuage investors’ concerns over a sharp deceleration in corporate profits, especially as expenses mount for companies across industries in the face of higher input and labor costs.

Investors have at least temporarily looked through ongoing reports and company commentary around shipping challenges and heightened prices. Nw inflation data this week also showed price increases at both the consumer and producer levels held at historically high levels last month.

Still, other upbeat economic data helped to counterbalance these reports, with Thursday’s weekly jobless claims report showing new unemployment filings fell more-than-expected to a pandemic-era low last week.

“We’ve had a lot of volatility recently, and I think markets are looking for any little glimpse or glimmer of good news,” Jack Manley, JPMorgan Asset Management global market strategist, told Yahoo Finance Live. “The earnings season … has been good so far, and if history suggests anything, it’s only going to get better from here.”

Stock market data: Yahoo Finance

Stock market today October 14, 2021

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Stock market today

A stock market rally today, with gains of more than 1.5% for Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Dow Jones.

The closing numbers for the US stock market today are:

S&P 500: 4,438.26,+74.46(+1.71%)
Dow 30: 34,912.56,+534.75(+1.56%)
Nasdaq: 14,823.43,+251.79(+1.73%)
Russell 2000: 2,274.18,+32.21(+1.44%)

Stock market news

“Stocks gained on Thursday after a slew of earnings results from the big banks topped expectations, and new weekly jobless claims showed a larger-than-anticipated improvement to a pandemic-era low.

The S&P 500 jumped by 1.7% in its best day since March. The Dow gained more than 500 points, or 1.6%. The Nasdaq also rallied by 1.7%, building on Wednesday’s gains as Treasury yields fell further. The benchmark 10-year yield pulled back further to come in below 1.53% after topping 1.62% just earlier this week.

Bank earnings continued on Thursday with companies including Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Morgan Stanley (MS) posting quarterly results before the opening bell. Bank of America’s profits soared by 58% over last year to $7.7 billion, with this sum boosted by the release of $1.1 billion in credit reserves that had been previously set aside to protect against potential customer defaults. Wells Fargo’s results saw a similar boost from reserve releases, as well as from increased investment banking revenue and consumer credit card-related sales. And Morgan Stanley posted estimates-topping revenue in both its fixed income and equities trading units, with the bank seeing a pick-up in business as market activity related elevated during the quarter.

As earnings season rolls on in the coming weeks, investor focus will be fixed on companies’ commentary around prices increases, supply chain disruptions and labor challenges. All of these factors have been seen as contributing to an earnings slowdown compared to the second quarter. However, how long-lasting these challenges prove to be, and which companies will ultimately be hit the hardest by these factors, has been a central question for investors.

At the macro level, inflation has already lasted for months across various pockets of the economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) September Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 5.4% in September compared to last year, coming in at its fastest pace since 2008. A jump in prices for rent, groceries and energy saw especially notable increases. And the BLS’s Producer Price Index (PPI) showed that selling prices for producers increased at an 8.6% annual rate in September, or the fastest rate on record in data spanning back to 2010.”

Stock market data: Yahoo Finance

Top stock gainers

  • Theralink Technologies, Inc. (OBMP): 6.15+2.41 (+64.44%)
  • Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings, Inc. (DNA):11.63+1.38 (+13.46%)
  • Relay Therapeutics, Inc. (RLAY):36.62+3.86 (+11.78%)

Top stock losers

  • Futu Holdings Limited (FUTU): 73.81-10.46 (-12.41%)
  • AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (AMN): 101.73-14.09 (-12.17%)
  • Exscientia plc (EXAI): 20.20-2.57 (-11.29%)

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