DJIA Closes at New Record High as S&P and NASDAQ Retreat Slightly

Michael Teague |

The rally in equity markets occasioned by Wednesday’s “taper” decision from the Fed was perhaps best described by Equities.com’s George Brooks, who earlier this morning exclaimed “FINALLY! Good is accepted as good.

Be that as it may, Thursday saw stocks struggling to maintain the enthusiasm of the previous day, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 index retreating a slight 0.05 percent to 1,809.60, while the NASDAQ off 0.29 percent to 4,058.13 points. The Dow Industrials on the other hand added another 0.07 percent to push a new record-high close at 16,179.08 points.

The Labor Department put a damper on the previous week’s shockingly good jobs report, saying that both initial jobless claims and continuing claims had increased, in contradiction of the majority of economists’ expectations of another week of decreases.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) was one of the Dow’s worst performers, dropping nearly one percent on news that one of its senior managers will be charged with insider trading, while investors get impatient with the pace of the effort to find a new CEO to replace the outgoing Steve Ballmer. Chevron (CVX) , meanwhile, led the benchmark index higher on a gain of 1.33 percent, largely attributed to the cold winter weather that send natural gas prices higher on the day.



On the S&P 500, software firm Oracle Corporation (ORCL) ended the day nearly 6 percent higher on heavy trading after the company’s quarterly earnings report release surpassed analyst expectations on 35 percent increase in cloud sales. Jabil Circuit (JBL) extended yesterday’s gains, adding another 3.65 percent ahead by the close, but the index’s best performers came mostly from materials and industrials stocks, with ConAgra Foods (CAG) , Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) , and United States Steel Corp. (X) all up over 5 percent

JC Penney (JCP) continued its slide, losing almost four percent, while Ford Motor Co. (F) was 2.25 percent lower on heavy trading.

On the NASDAQ, Ariad Pharmaceuticals continued its upward tear, adding yet another 10 percent by the closing bell. The healthcare sector has some decent news for investors, with drug manufacturer Bristol-Meyers Squibb (BMY) adding 2.4 percent on news that it would be selling its stake in a diabetes joint-ventureto AstraZeneca (AZN) .

Facebook (FB) pared back early and steep losses to nearly one percent on heavy volume after it was revealed that CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other company executives were selling off large chunks of their own holdings in the company.

Small-cap wireless services provider NII Holdings Inc. (NIHD) closed the day nearly 23 percent higher after announcing leadership changes and introducing cost-cutting measures. Investors who are interested in the small-cap space might want to have a look at our report on the best year-to-date performersin Equities.com’s Small-Cap Stars portfolio of the most promising small companies currently on the market.

DISCLOSURE: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, and do not represent the views of equities.com. Readers should not consider statements made by the author as formal recommendations and should consult their financial advisor before making any investment decisions. To read our full disclosure, please go to: http://www.equities.com/disclaimer

Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
ORCL Oracle Corporation 45.26 0.06 0.13 6,899,725 Trade
COG Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation 22.96 0.11 0.48 4,403,256 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 104.72 -0.39 -0.37 3,752,505 Trade
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company 53.97 -0.42 -0.77 4,968,194 Trade
JBL Jabil Circuit Inc. 29.32 -0.54 -1.81 1,505,184 Trade
X United States Steel Corp. 19.74 -0.51 -2.52 15,744,254 Trade
F Ford Motor Company 10.93 0.07 0.64 28,176,454 Trade
AZN Astrazeneca PLC 33.85 -0.49 -1.43 2,555,256 Trade
CAG ConAgra Foods Inc. 39.03 0.21 0.54 1,865,282 Trade
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 69.96 0.34 0.49 19,827,923 Trade
DYLI Dynamic Leisure Corp n/a n/a n/a 0
NIHD NII Holdings Inc. 0.74 0.21 40.56 21,844,913 Trade

Comments

Emerging Growth

NXT-ID Inc.

Nxt-ID Inc provides products, solutions, and services that have a need for biometric secure access control. Its lines of business include mobile commerce; law enforcement and biometric access control applications…

Private Markets

GoCoin

Blockchain currencies (e.g. Bitcoin) provide a new disruptive way to transfer value between parties over the internet as opposed to going through banks. GoCoin provides online merchants with a suite…

Almond Smart Home Router by Securifi

Securifi sells user friendly touch screen routers that also have support for IoT/home automation.Securifi’s Almond revolutionized wireless router setup with its easy to use Touchscreen Interface in 2012. Now our…