DJIA Market Happenings For Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Dow stocks at 52 week highs include Boeing +15.34%, Disney (DIS) +10.54%, Travelers (TRV) +2.03% and United Technologies (UTX) +5.50%. Dow stock 52 week lows include American Express (AXP), down -15.00% year-to-date.

The Market

Premarket today, the Dow was indicated to open down -34 points.

Tuesday, the Dow was up +28.23 (+0.16%) at 18,047.58.

Year-to-date the Dow is up 1.26%.

There were 17 Dow stocks up Tuesday.

Dow stock winners Tuesday included American Express (AXP) +1.28% and Intel (INTC) +1.09%.

Dow stock losers Tuesday were led by McDonald’s (MCD) -1.36% and Microsoft (MSFT) -0.66%.

Exxon Mobil (XOM) fell over 2% in pre-market trading after Berkshire Hathaway announced it had exited its $3.7 billion investment in the company.

European stocks are mostly higher and Asian markets ended higher.

The national average price of gasoline is up nine-tenths of a cent at $2.268 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

Merck & Co Inc. (MRK)

Merck & Co Inc. (MRK) is up +3.52% year-to-date.

Financial Calendar

0700 ET Weekly MBA mortgage applications, previous -9.0% with purchase sub-index -6.5% and refi sub-index -10.3%.

0830 ET Jan housing starts expected -1.7% to 1.070 million, Dec +4.4% to 1.089 million. Jan building permits expected +1.0% to 1.069 million, Dec +0.6% to 1.058 million.

0830 ET Jan PPI final demand expected -0.4% m/m and +0.4% y/y, Dec -0.3% m/m and +1.1% y/y. Jan PPI ex food & energy expected +0.1% m/m and +2.0% y/y, Dec +0.3% m/m and +2.1% y/y.

0915 ET Jan industrial production expected +0.3%, Dec -0.1%. Jan capacity utilization expected +0.2 to 79.9%, Dec -0.3 to 79.7%.

1400 ET Minutes of the Jan 27-28 FOMC meeting.

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