DJIA Market Happenings For Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dow stocks at 52 week highs include Disney (DIS), Travelers (TRV) and UnitedHealth (UNH). There are no Dow stock 52 week lows.

The Market

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

Wednesday, the Dow was up +227.11 (+1.27%) at 18,076.19

Year-to-date the Dow is up +1.42%.

There were 28 Dow stocks up Wednesday.

Dow stock winners Wednesday were led by Caterpillar (CAT) +3.67% and Chevron (CVX) +3.42%.

The Dow stock losers Wednesday was Wal-Mart (WMT) -0.11%. Cisco (CSCO) was unchanged Wednesday.

I’ve been out of town this week and my chart says I should have went long again Monday. Guess I’ll have to do it now that the Fed has met.

Nike (NKE) reports earnings today after the close.

Apple (AAPL) joins the Dow today while AT&T (T) leaves.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000 for the week ended March 14. Claims for the prior week were revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported. Economists had forecast claims rising to 292,000 last week.

European stocks are mostly higher and Asian markets ended mixed.

The national average price of gasoline is down nine-tenths of a cent at $2.415 per gallon.

Earnings Reports.

Nike (NKE) will report earnings on 3/19/2015 after the market close.

Today’s Featured Dow Stock

General Electric (GE)

General Electric (GE) is up +1.46% year-to-date.

Financial Calendar

0830 ET Weekly initial unemployment claims expected +4,000 to 293,000, previous -36,000 to 289,000. Weekly continuing claims expected -18,000 to 2.400 million, previous -5,000 to 2.418 million.

0830 ET Q4 current account balance expected -$104.1 billion, Q3 -$100.3 billion.

0830 ET USDA weekly Export Sales.

1000 ET Mar Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey expected +1.8 to 7.0, Feb -1.1 to 5.2.

1000 ET Feb leading indicators expected +0.2%, Jan +0.2%.

1100 ET Treasury announces amount of 2-year T-notes (previous $26 billion), 2-year floating rate notes (previous $13 billion), 5-year T-notes (previous $35 billion) and 7-year T-notes (previous $29 billion) to be auctioned Mar 25-26.

1300 ET Treasury auctions $13 billion 10-year TIPS.

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