The bulls caught their breath today after a run-up last week. All major indexes ended the day in the red. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed slightly lower today by 4 points, even as two of its biggest components – General Electric and Citigroup – surged with both stocks hitting highs (Citigroup closed at an all-time high, GE at a 52-week high). The Nasdaq and S&P 500 also faced selling pressure, closing down 22 and 5 points, respectively.
U.S. stocks moved higher after the November CPI report took investors by surprise – showing that consumer prices were unchanged for the month (an increase was expected). CNBC’s Mary Thompson had her “Eye on the Floor” of the NYSE on the last day of the trading week...
The bulls made a run on Wall Street today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average making a 100-point push to set a new record close - ending the day above 12,400 for the first time. CNBC’s Melissa Lee had her “Eye on the Floor” during a busy trading day.
The U.S. market indexes closed relatively unchanged after a bumpy day of trading. Bob Pisani was CNBC’s “Eye on the Floor,” and he wondered if this recent stall in the markets was a sign of “buyer exhaustion.” The Dow Jones Industrial Average did rally in early trading – enough to take it to a new intraday high. But it spent most of the day in the red before finishing up two points.
The U.S. stock market pared some of its early session losses, but still finished in the red after the Fed decided to keep its benchmark rate at 5.25% for the fourth time in a row. While the decision did not do much to move stocks, it did note a “substantial cooling in the housing market.” That should keep investors on their toes as we head into the new year.
U.S. stocks continued their year-end rally, making slight gains today as investors await tomorrow’s Fed meeting – the last of the year. While a change is not expected tomorrow, the meeting could provide hints of the Fed’s intentions for the coming year.
The major market indexes took a breather today – all closing modestly lower - in spite of a strong ADP report showing an extra 158,000 jobs added in the private sector in November. Mary Thompson sorted out the market activity – she’s CNBC’s “Eye on the Floor.” Investors are now looking to the jobs report to create some movement in the markets. That’s due out Friday.