The Dow Market Happenings For Thursday, February 25, 2016

There are no Dow stocks at 52 week highs.There are no Dow stock 52 week lows.

The Market

Premarket today, the Dow was indicated to open up +19 points.

Wednesday the Dow was up +53.21 (+0.32%) at 16,484.99.

Year-to-date the Dow is down -5.39%.

There were 24 Dow stocks up Wednesday.

The Dow stock winners Wednesday were led by United Technologies (UTX) +2.19% and Apple (AAPL) +1.49%.

The Dow stock losers Wednesday were led by Boeing (BA) -1.12% and General Electric (GE) -0.89%.

Initial jobless claims totaled 272,000 last week. Economists had estimated that 270,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance were filed. Claims totaled 262,000 in the prior period, which was the lowest weekly tally since November, and a big beat compared to estimates. This week, the four-week moving average fell 1,250 to 272,000.

European stocks are higher and Asian markets ended mostly lower.

The national average price of gasoline is up six-tenths of a cent at $1.715 per gallon.

Earnings Reports.

JPMorgan (JPM) reported earnings on 1/14/2015 before the market open of $1.32, better than consensus of $1.261.

Intel (INTC) reported earnings on 1/14/2015 after the market close of $0.74, beating estimates of $0.63 per share.

UnitedHealth (UNH) reported earnings on 1/19/2016 before the market open of $1.40, beating estimates of $1.37 per share.

IBM (IBM) reported earnings on 1/19/2016 after the market close of $4.84, beating estimates of $4.755 per share.

Goldman Sachs (GS) reported earnings on 1/20/2015 before the market open of $1.27, missing estimates calling for $3.79 per share.

American Express (AXP) reported earnings on 1/21/2016 after the market of $1.23, beating consensus of $1.13 per share.

Travelers (TRV) reported earnings on 1/21/2016 before the market open of $2.90, beating estimates calling for $2.70 per share.

Verizon (VZ) reported earnings on 1/21/2016 before the market open of $0.89, beating estimates for $0.877 per share.

General Electric (GE) reported earnings on 1/22/2016 before the market open of $0.31, missing estimates for $0.495 per share.

McDonald’s (MCD) reported earnings on 1/25/2016 before the market open of $1.31, beating estimates calling for $1.228 per share.

3M (MMM) reports earnings on 1/26/2016 before the market open of $1.66, beating estimates for $1.62 per share.

Apple (AAPL) reported earnings on 1/26/2016 before the market open of $3.28, beating estimates for $3.235 per share.

Dupont (DD) reported earnings on 1/26/2016 before the market open of $0.27, beating estimates for $0.259 per share.

Procter & Gamble (PG) reported earnings on 1/26/2016 before the market open of $1.04, beating estimates for $0.98 per share.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported earnings on 1/26/2016 after the market close of $1.44, beating estimates for $1.418 per share.

Boeing (BA) reported earnings on 1/27/2016 before the market open.of $1.60, beating estimates for $1.35 per share

United Technologies (UTX) reported earnings on 1/27/2016 before the market open of$1.53, beating estimates for $1.505 per share.

Microsoft (MSFT) reported earnings on 1/28/2015 after the market close of $0.78, beating estimates for $0.693.

Visa (V) reported earnings on 1/28/2015 after the market close of $0.69, beating estimates for $0.675.

Caterpillar (CAT) reported earnings on 1/28/2016 before the market open of $0.74, beating estimates for $0.694 per share.

Chevron (CVX) reported earnings on 1/29/2016 before the market open of -$0.31, missing estimates calling for $0.478 per share.

Exxon Mobil (XOM) reported earnings on 2/2/2016 before the market open of $0.67, beating estimates for $0.637.

Pfizer (PFE) reported earnings on 2/2/2016 before the market open of $0.53, beating estimates calling for $0.516.

Merck (MRK) reported earnings on 2/3/2016 before the market open of $0.93, beating estimates for $0.913.

Coca Cola (KO) reported earnings on 2/9/2016 before the market open of $0.38, beating estimates for $0.37 per share.

Disney (DIS) reported earnings on 2/9/2016 after the market close of $1.63, beating estimates calling for $1.444 per share.

Cisco (CSCO) reported earnings on 2/10/2016 after the market close of $0.57, beating estimates for $0.496 per share.

Wal-Mart (WMT) reported earnings on 2/18/2016 before the market open of $1.49, beating estimates calling for $1.459 per share.

Home Depot (HD) reported earnings on 2/23/2016 before the market open of $1.17, beating estimates calling for $1.098 per share.

Today’s Featured Dow Stock

Verizon (VZ)

Verizon (VZ) is up +9.54% year-to-date.

Financial Calendar

0815 ET Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart delivers welcoming and opening remarks at the Atlanta Feds 2016 Banking Outlook Conference.

0830 ET Weekly initial unemployment claims expected +8,000 to 270,000, previous -7,000 to 262,000. Weekly continuing claims expected -20,000 to 2.253 million, previous +30,000 to 2.273 million.

0830 ET Jan durable goods orders expected +2.7% and +0.3% ex transportation, Dec -5.0% and -1.0% ex transportation. Jan capital goods new orders ex-aircraft & parts expected +1.0%, Dec -4.3%.

0830 ET USDA weekly Export Sales.

0900 ET Dec FHFA house price index expected +0.5% m/m, Nov +0.5% m/m.

1100 ET Feb Kansas City Fed manufacturing activity expected +3 to -6, Jan unch at -9.

1200 ET San Francisco Fed President John Williams speaks at NYU Stern Business School.

1300 ET Treasury auctions $28 billion of 7-year T-notes.

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