Stock market news April 1, 2020

US stock market news

All major stock indexes fell more than 4%. Dow fell more than 900 points. How the US stock market closed on April 1, 2020:

S&P 500: 2,470.50,-114.09(-4.41%)
Dow 30: 20,943.51,-973.65(-4.44%)
Nasdaq: 7,360.58,-339.52(-4.41%)
Russell 2000: 1,071.81,-81.29(-7.05%)

Stocks gainers

Mapfre, S.A. (MPFRF) was among stock gainers with a stock price of 1.7146+0.3846 (+28.92%).

Stocks losers

Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) was among stock losers with a stock price of
8.80-4.37 (-33.18%).

Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) stock daily chart
Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) stock daily chart

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Bank of America Corporation (BAC) stock was among the most active stocks with a stock price of 19.77-1.46 (-6.88%).

Bank of America Corporation (BAC) stock daily chart
Bank of America Corporation (BAC) stock daily chart

Stock Market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance

All sectors closed lower. Consumer Staples were the best performing sector -1.83%, Utilities were the worst-performing sector -6.12%.

Economic news

Today important economic news include the Us weekly jobless claims.

“The U.S. Labor Department will release fresh data Thursday morning that will show the effect of the novel coronavirus on employment in the U.S. The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits is expected to spike to a record-breaking 3.5 million for the week ended March 28, up from 3.283 million the week prior. Prior to the week ended March 21, the previous record was 695,000 claims filed the week ended October 2, 1982.”

Source: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-covid-weekly-initial-jobless-claims-march-28-165758189.html

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Stock market news March 31, 2020

US stock market news

The US stock market closed lower on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Dow Jones closed lower more than 400 points. At the close the stock indexes were at:

S&P 500: 2,584.59,-42.06(-1.60%)
Dow 30: 21,917.16,-410.32(-1.84%)
Nasdaq: 7,700.10,-74.05(-0.95%)
Russell 2000: 1,153.10,-5.21(-0.45%)

US stock market statistics

“Dow closes out the worst first quarter in history: March 31, 2020. The Dow recorded its worst start to a year in history, down 23.2% for the quarter.
The S&P 500 logged its worst quarter since the final three months of 2008, down 20%.
The Nasdaq recorded its worst quarter since the final months of 2018, falling 14.2%.”

Source: https://edition.cnn.com/business/live-news/stock-market-news-today-033120/index.html

Stocks gainers

Hess Midstream LP (HESM) was among stock gainers with a stock price at the close of 10.16+1.94 (+23.60%).

Hess Midstream LP (HESM) stock daily chart
Hess Midstream LP (HESM) stock daily chart

Stocks losers

New Residential Investment Corp. (NRZ) was among stock losers with a stock price at the close of 5.01-0.96 (-16.08%).

New Residential Investment Corp. (NRZ)  stock daily chart
New Residential Investment Corp. (NRZ) stock daily chart

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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) was among the most active stocks with a stock price at the close of 45.48-2.38 (-4.97%).

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) stock daily chart
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) stock daily chart

Stock Market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance

Energy was the best performing sector +1.63%, Utilities were the worst-performing sector -4.02%.

Stock Market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance
Stock Market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance

Source: https://eresearch.fidelity.com/eresearch/goto/markets_sectors/landing.jhtml

Economic news

Today important economic news include the ADP’s private sector employment report and the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) manufacturing data.

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Stock market news March 30, 2020

US stock market news

The US stock market closed higher with more than 3% gains for Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500. Dow Jones Industrial Average gained more than 650 points.

US stock indexes

S&P 500: 2,626.65,+85.18(+3.35%)
Dow 30: 22,327.48,+690.70(+3.19%)
Nasdaq: 7,774.15,+271.77(+3.62%)
Russell 2000: 1,149.18,+17.19(+1.52%)

Stocks gainers

DCP Midstream, LP (DCP-PC) stock was among stock gainers with a stock price at close of 10.59+2.08 (+24.45%).

Stocks losers

B2W – Companhia Digital (BTOOY) was among stock losers with a stock price at close of 20.60-12.05 (-36.91%).

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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) was among the most active stocks with a stock price at close of 160.23+10.53 (+7.03%).

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) stock daily chart
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) stock daily chart

Stock Market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance

Health Care was the best performing sector, +4.63%, Energy was the worst-performing sector +1.03%.

Stock Market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance
Stock Market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance

Source: https://eresearch.fidelity.com/eresearch/goto/markets_sectors/landing.jhtml

Stock earnings

Notable earnings today include Conagra Brands, Inc. (CAG.

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Stock futures investing

Are Stock Futures an investment?

“In the past couple of years, the U.S. stock market has been volatile. But stock futures are one way to hedge your investments so that no single market fluctuation — way up or­ way down — will ruin your portfolio.

Single stock futures can be risky investments when purchased as standalone securities. There’s a possibility of losing a significant chunk of your initial investment with only minimal market fluctuations. However, there are several strategies for buying stock futures, in combination with other securities, to ensure a safer overall return on investment.

One of the most effective stock future strategies is called hedging. The basic idea of hedging is to protect yourself against adverse market changes by simultaneously taking the opposite position on the same investment.”

Source: https://money.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/financial-planning/stock-future2.htm

What are today’s stock futures?

US STOCK MARKETS FUTURES
US STOCK MARKETS FUTURES

Source: https://markets.businessinsider.com/premarket

Data as of 05:17:10 AM, Monday, March 30, 2020.

What do stock futures indicate?

” It allows traders to buy or sell a contract on a financial index and settle it at a future date. An index futures contract speculates on where prices move for indexes like the S&P 500. As futures contracts track the price of the underlying asset, index futures track the prices of stocks in the underlying index. “

Source: https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/what-do-sp-500-dow-and-nasdaq-futures-contracts-represent/

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What is smart beta investing?

Smart beta investing

“Smart beta defines a set of investment strategies that emphasize the use of alternative index construction rules to traditional market capitalization-based indices. Smart beta emphasizes capturing investment factors or market inefficiencies in a rules-based and transparent way.

Smart beta strategies seek to passively follow indices, while also considering alternative weighting schemes such as volatility, liquidity, quality, value, size and momentum. That’s because smart beta strategies are implemented like typical index strategies in that the index rules are set and transparent. These funds don’t track standard indices, such as the S&P 500 or the Nasdaq 100 Index, but instead, focus on areas of the market that offer an opportunity for exploitation.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
Smart beta seeks to combine the benefits of passive investing and the advantages of active investing strategies.
Smart beta uses alternative index construction rules to traditional market capitalization-based indices.
Smart beta emphasizes capturing investment factors or market inefficiencies in a rules-based and transparent way.
Smart beta strategies may use alternative weighting schemes such as volatility, liquidity, quality, value, size and momentum.
In 2019, smart beta funds command $880 billion in total cumulative assets.”

Source: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/smart-beta.asp

What is smart beta investment?

“”Smart” refers to the use of an alternative methodology rather than following an index’s size-based (market-cap) allocations. A smart beta investment strategy is designed to add value by strategically choosing, weighting and rebalancing the companies built into an index based upon objective factors.”

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/19/10-things-investors-need-to-know-about-smart-beta.html

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Thematic investing

What is thematic investing?

“Thematic investing is a form of investment which aims to identify macro-level trends, and the underlying investments that stand to benefit from the materialisation of those trends.

The Financial Times describes thematic investing as a broad term with a meaning which can differ depending on the audience. Frances Hudson, strategist for multi-asset investing at Standard Life Investments, says: “It tends to be global [and] it can be multi-asset, although within wealth management it is primarily equities. The manager will pick things they think are important, so it might be the emergence of emerging markets, something changing about technology, or an aspect of the environment, such as water shortages.

Thematic investing involves creating a portfolio (or portion of a portfolio) by gathering together a collection of companies involved in certain areas that you predict will generate above-market returns over the long term. Themes can be based on a concept such as ageing populations or a sub-sector such as robotics.[4]

Usually, mutual funds have between 40-80 stocks in a portfolio and because of the high diversification in investments, returns are often much lower than the potential. In thematic investing, in contrast, usually fewer stocks are selected for the portfolio, more focused on a key area. If that area performs well, returns will be much higher than what mutual funds typically deliver.

Fidelity Investments describes thematic investing as controversial, claiming that advocates say it is an effective strategy because it “concentrates securities in an idea that is still misunderstood and underappreciated in the marketplace. Those companies involved in the theme will exhibit better-than-average returns as more investors realize their potential and money is moved into that sector”, while suggesting that critics see these types of strategies as “marketing ploys designed to attract fast money from the public rather than as viable long-term investments. Those critics say the funds harm investors by encouraging them to chase the latest fad, usually too late.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thematic_investing

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Stock market news March 27, 2020

US stock market news

After a 3-day rally, the US stock market closed lower, and all major stock indexes had losses of more than 3%. Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 900 points. This is the latest stock market data at close on Friday, March 27, 2020:

S&P 500: 2,541.47,-88.60(-3.37%)
Dow 30: 21,636.78,-915.39(-4.06%)
Nasdaq: 7,502.38,-295.16(-3.79%)
Russell 2000: 1,131.99,-48.33(-4.09%)

Stocks gainers

Jiangxi Copper Company Limited (JIAXF) stock was among stock gainers with a stock price at close of 0.9077+0.4677 (+106.30%).

Stocks losers

FirstRand Limited (FANDF) stock was among stock losers with a stock price at close of 2.2049-1.3951 (-38.75%).

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Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) stock was among the most active stocks with a stock price at close of 14.41-3.41 (-19.14%).

Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) stock daily chart
Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) stock daily chart

Stock Market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance

Real Estate was the best performing sector down -0.07%, Energy was the worst-performing sector -6.93%.

Stock Market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance
Stock Market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance

Source: https://eresearch.fidelity.com/eresearch/goto/markets_sectors/landing.jhtml

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Stock market news March 26, 2020

US stock market news

A strong rally for all the US stock indexes has sent the Dow Jones up +21% in 3 days. Dow closed up more than 1,350 points. This is the latest stock market data at close on Thursday, March 26, 2020:

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: 22,552.17, +1,351.62 +6.38%
  • S&P 500 Index: 2,630.07, +154.51 +6.24%
  • NASDAQ Composite Index: 7,797.54, +413.24 +5.60%
  • Russell 2000 Index: 1,180.32, +69.95 +6.30%

Stocks gainers

Two Harbors Investment Corp. (TWO-PC) was among stock gainers with a stock price at close of 17.58+6.58 (+59.82%).

Two Harbors Investment Corp. (TWO-PC) stock daily chart
Two Harbors Investment Corp. (TWO-PC) stock daily chart

Stocks losers

Localiza Rent a Car S.A. (LZRFY) was among stock losers with a stock price at close of 5.72-1.17 (-16.97%).

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Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) was among the most active stocks with a stock price at close of 17.82+2.27 (+14.60%).

Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) stock daily chart
Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) stock daily chart

Stock Market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance

Utilities were the best performing sector +8.39%, Consumer Discretionary was the worst-performing sector +4.30%.

Stock market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance, March 26, 2020
Stock market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance, March 26, 2020

Source: https://eresearch.fidelity.com/eresearch/goto/markets_sectors/landing.jhtml

Economic news today

February’s personal income and personal spending reports are to be released today, March 27, 2020.

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Stock market news March 25, 2020

US stock market news

A second consecutive day with gains for Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Russell 200, but not for Nasdaq. Tech stocks were the laggard stocks on March 25, 2020. At the close the latest update for the major stock indexes is:

S&P 500: 2,475.56,+28.23(+1.15%)
Dow 30: 21,200.55,+495.64(+2.39%)
Nasdaq: 7,384.29,-33.56(-0.45%)
Russell 2000: 1,112.31,+15.75(+1.44%)

Stocks biggest gainers

MFA Financial, Inc. SR NT 42 (MFO) was among stock gainers with a stock price at close of 9.05+4.55 (+101.11%).

MFA Financial, Inc. SR NT 42 (MFO) stock daily chart
MFA Financial, Inc. SR NT 42 (MFO) stock daily chart

Stocks biggest losers

Via Varejo S.A. (GBXPY) was among stock losers with a stock price at close of 1.5500-1.0734 (-40.92%).

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Ford Motor Company (F) was among the most active stocks with a stock price at close of 5.39+0.44 (+8.89%).

Ford Motor Company (F) stock daily chart
Ford Motor Company (F) stock daily chart

Stock Market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance

Industrials were the best performing sector +5.29%, Communication Services were the worst=performing sector -1.59%.

Stock market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance
Stock market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance

Source: https://eresearch.fidelity.com/eresearch/goto/markets_sectors/landing.jhtml

Stock market update

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This report is written by Stavros Georgiadis, CFA, Equity Research Analyst, Investment Strategist.

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Stock market news March 24, 2020

US stock market rallies, S&P 500 has the biggest gain in almost 12 years

“U.S. stocks had the best day in almost a dozen years as investors rediscovered their appetite for risk with Congress closing in on an unprecedented spending bill to prop up the slumping economy. The dollar halted a 10-day winning streak.

The S&P 500 rebounded from the lowest level since 2016, notching a third straight Tuesday turnaround — and the biggest one-day gain since October 2008 — after starting the week with a rout. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose more than 11% to clock its biggest advance since 1933.”

Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-23/asian-stocks-look-to-steady-dollar-gains-markets-wrap

The expectation for a $2 trillion stimulus bill to help and support the U.S. economy is the main cause of this stock market rally.

Stock market today

S&P 500: 2,447.33,+209.93(+9.38%)
Dow 30: 20,704.91,+2,112.98(+11.37%)
Nasdaq: 7,417.86,+557.18(+8.12%)
Russell 2000: 1,096.54,+94.12(+9.39%)

Stocks biggest gainers

Air Lease Corporation (AL) was among stock gainers with a stock price at close of 22.40+6.99 (+45.36%).

Air Lease Corporation (AL) stock daily chart
Air Lease Corporation (AL) stock daily chart

Stocks biggest losers

MFA Financial, Inc. SR NT 42 (MFO) was among stock losers with a stock price at close of 4.5000-12.5000 (-73.53%).

MFA Financial, Inc. SR NT 42 (MFO) stock daily chart
MFA Financial, Inc. SR NT 42 (MFO) stock daily chart

Stock investing | Stock trading | Most active stocks

American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) stock was among the most active stocks with a stock price at close 13.92+3.67 (+35.80%).

American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) stock daily chart
American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) stock daily chart

Stock Market, U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance

Energy was the best performing sector, +16.31%, Consumer Staples were the worst-performing sector +4.84%.

U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance
U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance

Source: https://eresearch.fidelity.com/eresearch/goto/markets_sectors/landing.jhtml

Stock earnings

Notable earnings today include Micron Technology, Inc. (MU).

Economic calendar

Important economic data for today are Durable goods orders.

Stock market update

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This report is written by Stavros Georgiadis, CFA, Equity Research Analyst, Investment Strategist.

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