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Industrial Stocks Decline

Adviser Investments’ Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell has the market analysis for Thursday, October 18. Major U.S. stock indexes fell, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ down 1.3%, 0.5% and 2.1%, respectively. Midterm election uncertainty and geopolitical tension contributed to today’s decline, and tariff-related issues particularly impacted industrial stocks: Caterpillar, which is scheduled to report earnings next week, declined nearly 4%; United Rentals, Snap-on and Textron each fell more than 5%. Meanwhile, American Express gained about 1% after the company beat analysts’ earnings and revenue expectations and announced an expansion of its PayPal partnership.

 

Alcoa Announces $200 Million Buyback

Adviser Investments’ Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell has the market analysis for Wednesday, October 17. Major U.S. stock indexes declined slightly today as investors reacted to the release of last month’s Federal Open Market Committee session minutes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.4% and both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ fell fractionally. Most notably, the minutes point to the likelihood of a December interest-rate hike. Meanwhile, Alcoa gained 5% after surpassing both earnings and revenue expectations. The Company also announced a $200 million stock buyback—its first since 2007.

Earnings, JOLTS Fuel Wall Street Rally

Adviser Investments’ Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell has the market analysis for Tuesday, October 16. Major U.S. stock indexes rebounded on positive earnings reports and record-high job openings data: The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 gained 2.2% and the NASDAQ rose 2.9%. On the earnings front, Netflix was the big winner, advancing more than 11% in after-hours trading after raising fourth-quarter guidance and easily outperforming new subscriber expectations. Meanwhile, the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) revealed that August job openings and new hires both hit the highest point since the report’s December 2000 inception.

Midterm Elections ‘Disruptive’ No Matter Who Wins

Adviser Investments’ Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell joined CNBC’s “Wall Street Wrap” to discuss last week’s market declines and ongoing volatility across U.S. stock indexes. Jim emphasized that the turbulence is likely to continue—and worsen—as we near midterm elections, which he describes as “disruptive, no matter what the outcome.” If Democrats take the House of Representatives, there will be concern over the Trump administration’s ability to continue its current agenda. On the other hand, the fear of trade war likely escalates if Republicans maintain control. Jim also details some prudent investment strategies in the current environment, including dividend-paying and dividend-growing stocks and battleship balance-sheet blue-chips (both growth and value), among others.

Sears Files Bankruptcy, Shutters 142 Stores

Adviser Investments’ Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell has the market analysis for Monday, October 15. Reversing some of yesterday’s gains, major U.S. stock indexes declined today: The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ lost 0.4%, 0.6% and 0.9%, respectively. Meanwhile, iconic retailer Sears Holdings initiated its much-anticipated Chapter 11 bankruptcy, concurrently announcing the closure of an additional 142 underperforming locations. Fidelity Investments announced the launch of Fidelity Digital Asset Services, which will offer crypto-trading services to institutional and family office clients—but not retail investors.

Stock Indexes Rebound

Brian Mackey, deputy director of research at Adviser Investments, has the market analysis for Friday, October 12. Major U.S. stock indexes recovered some of their recent losses today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ gaining 1.2%, 1.4% and 2.3%, respectively. Meanwhile, General Electric (ticker: GE) dropped more than 3% on news that the company will delay its third-quarter earnings announcement from October 25 to October 30. GE noted that the delay was necessary to allow newly appointed Chairman and CEO Larry Culp to “complete initial business reviews and site visits.”

CPI Reflects Smallest Gain Since June

Chris Hagan, vice president at Adviser Investments, has the market analysis for Thursday, October 11. Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 dropped 2.1%, and the NASDAQ fell 1.3%. Energy stocks saw the greatest decline, with oil down 3% after the Energy Information Administration announced a larger-than-expected rise in domestic crude inventories. Meanwhile, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September, revealing that consumer prices rose less than forecast for the smallest monthly increase since June.

U.S. Stock Indexes Drop More Than 3%

Rick Winters, vice president at Adviser Investments, has the market analysis for Wednesday, October 10. All major U.S. stock indexes fell sharply, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ down 3.2%, 3.3% and 4.1%, respectively. A number of investor concerns—rising bond yields, inflation and interest rates, mid-term election strife and ongoing tariff negotiations—contributed to today’s broad sell-off. Tomorrow, we’ll see updated economic data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index and the Labor Department’s jobless claims report.

American Airlines and Ford Decline 6% and 3%, Respectively

Ryan Christensen, account executive at Adviser Investments, has the market analysis for Tuesday, October 9. Major U.S. stock indexes posted mixed results, with the NASDAQ posting fractional gains and the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 declining 0.2% and 0.1%, respectively. American Airlines fell 6% on higher-than-anticipated quarterly fuel costs and around $55 million in revenue lost as a result of Hurricane Florence. Meanwhile, Ford closed the day down 3% after announcing significant changes to the company’s global marketing operations.

iRobot Plunges Nearly 9%

Charlie Toole, vice president at Adviser Investments, has the market analysis for Monday, October 8. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.2% while the S&P 500 had fractional losses and NASDAQ declined 0.7%. Defensive sectors—real estate, utilities and consumer staples—led today’s gains while technology underperformed. iRobot fell nearly 9% after Piper Jaffray lowered its stock rating, citing trade tariff risk. Google parent Alphabet also declined, dropping 1% on news that the company failed to notify users of a massive user data breach.

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