The Dow Market Happenings For Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Dow stocks at 52 week highs include Disney (DIS) and Visa (V). There are no Dow stock 52 week lows.

The Market

Premarket today, the Dow was indicated to open down -48 points.

Tuesday, the Dow was down -85.26 (-0.47%) at 18,203.37.

Year-to-date the Dow is up +2.13%.

There were 24 Dow stocks up Tuesday.

Dow stock winners Tuesday were led by Boeing (BA) +1.15% and Disney (DIS) +0.43%.

Dow stock losers Tuesday were led by Cisco (CSCO) -2.15% and Microsoft (MSFT) -1.37%.

McDonald’s (MCD) was upgraded to ‘Outperform’ from ‘Sector Perform’ at RBC Capital.

Alcoa (AA) was downgraded to ‘Neutral’ from ‘Buy’ at BofA/Merrill Lynch.

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

The national average price of gasoline is up 1.0 cent at $2.451 per gallon.

Earnings Reports.

There are no Dow stocks set to report earnings in the near term.

Today’s Featured Dow Stock

3M (MMM)

3M (MMM) is up +2.40% year-to-date.

Financial Calendar

0700 ET Weekly MBA mortgage applications, previous -3.5% with purchase sub-index +4.6% and refi sub-index -7.5%.

0815 ET Feb ADP employment change expected +220,000, Jan +213,000. Benchmark revisions.

0900 ET Chicago Fed President Charles Evans speaks on the economic outlook and monetary policy to the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club 2015 Economic Breakfast.

0945 ET Final-Feb Markit U.S. services PMI expected unrevised at 57.0, early-Feb +2.8 to 57.0. Final-Feb Markit U.S. composite PMI, prelim-Feb +2.4 to 56.8.

1000 ET Feb ISM non-manufacturing index expected -0.2 to 56.5, Jan +0.2 to 56.7.

1030 ET EIA Weekly Petroleum Status Report.

1300 ET Kansas City Fed President Esther George speaks on the economy at an event in Kansas City, MO.

1400 ET Fed Beige Book.

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