Diana Linn, account manager at Adviser Investments, has the market analysis for Thursday, January 9. All major U.S. stockA financial instrument giving the holder a proportion of the ownership and earnings of a company. indexes once again advanced, led by strong performances from the real estate, industrial and utilities sectors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 each gained 0.5% and the NASDAQ advanced 0.4%. Meanwhile, Macy’s and Kohl’s released disappointing holiday sales data. Macy’s stock plunged 18% today after reducing and lowering annual guidance, and Kohl’s dropped nearly 5% after noting that same-store sales rose just 1.2% for the combined November and December period, down from 6.9% during the 2017 holiday shopping season. Target, on the other hand, reported a significant gain in digital sales, and its 2018 holiday same-store sales rose 5.7%, surpassing 2017’s 3.4% growth.