The Dow Market Happenings For Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dow stocks at 52 week highs include Boeing (BA) and United Technologies (UTX). There are no Dow stock 52 week lows.

The Market

Premarket today, the Dow was indicated to open down -47 points.

Wednesday, the Dow was down -17.93 (-0.10%) at 18,029.85.

Year-to-date the Dow is up 1.16%.

There were 13 Dow stocks up Wednesday.

Dow stock winners Wednesday included Nike (NKE) +1.92% and American Express (AXP) +0.87%.

Dow stock losers Wednesday were led by Exxon Mobil (XOM) -2.19% and Chevron (CVX) -1.74%.

Wal-Mart (WMT) rreported adjusted earnings of $1.61 per share, compared to $1.60 a share last year. Revenue rose to $131.57 billion from $129.71 billion a year ago. Analysts forecast Wal-Mart would report earnings of $1.53 per share on revenue of $132.36 billion. U.S. same-store sales grew 1.2%, while traffic at U.S. stores gained 1.4%. During the year, Wal-Mart paid $6.2 billion in dividends and repurchased around 13.4 million shares for $1.0 billion.

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

The national average price of gasoline is up five-tenths of a cent at $2.273 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

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is down -6.29% year-to-date.

Financial Calendar

0830 ET Weekly initial unemployment claims expected -14,000 to 290,000, previous +25,000 to 304,000. Weekly continuing claims expected +6,000 to 2.360 million, previous 51,000 to 2.354 million.

1000 ET Feb Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey expected +2.7 to 9.0, Jan -18.0 to 6.3.

1000 ET Jan leading indicators expected +0.3%, Dec +0.5%.

1100 ET EIA Weekly Petroleum Status Report.

1100 ET Treasury announces amount of 2-year T-notes (previous $26 billion), 2-year floating-rate notes (previous $15 billion), 5-year T-notes (previous $35 billion) and 7-year T-notes (previous $29 billion) to be auctioned Feb 24-26.

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