The Dow Market Happenings For Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dow stocks at 52 week highs include Boeing +15.19%, Dupont (DD) +3.03%, Disney (DIS) +10.6%, Home Depot (HD) +6.59%, Travelers (TRV) +2.03%, United Technologies (UTX) +5.43% and Visa (V) +2.83%. Dow stock 52 week lows include American Express (AXP), down -16.08% year-to-date.

The Market

Premarket today, the Dow was indicated to open down -11 points.

Friday, the Dow was up +46.97 (+0.26%) at 18,019.35.

Year-to-date the Dow is up 0.84%.

There were 16 Dow stocks up Friday.

Dow stock winners Friday included Caterpillar (CAT) +1.92% and Microsoft (MSFT) +1.81%.

Dow stock losers Friday were led by American Express (AXP) -2.98% and Pfizer (PFE) -0.66%.

American Express (AXP) was downgraded to ‘Neutral’ from ‘Buy’ at Guggenheim.

Wal-Mart (WMT) reports earnings Thursday before the open. Forecasts call for a profit of $1.53 per share and revenue of $132.32 billion for its most recent quarter. In the year-ago period, the company posted EPS of $1.60 and sales totaled $129.71 billion. EPS beat consensus estimates in just two of the past four quarters, and then by three cents per share or less. The full year earnings per share are estimated at $4.99, which would be down less than 3 percent, on revenue of $486.59 billion, which would be more than 2 percent higher.

European stocks are mostly higher and Asian markets ended mostly lower.

The national average price of gasoline is up seven-tenths of a cent at $2.259 per gallon.

Earnings Reports.

Wal-Mart (WMT) reports earnings on 2/19/15 before the open.

Home Depot (HD) reports earnings on 2/24/15 before the open.

Today’s Featured Dow Stock

McDonald’s Corp. (MCD)

McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) is up +2.08% year-to-date.

Financial Calendar

0830 ET Feb Empire manufacturing index expected -1.45 to 8.50, Jan +11.18 to 9.95.

1000 ET Feb NAHB housing market index expected +1 to 58, Jan -1 to 57.

1100 ET USDA weekly grain export inspections.

1245 ET Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser offers his views on monetary policy and explains the risks of keeping interest rates low.

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