The Dow Market Happenings For Monday, August 17, 2015

There are no Dow stocks at 52 week highs.There are no Dow stock 52 week lows.

The Market

Premarket today, the Dow was indicated to open down -69 points.

Friday, the Dow was up +69.15 ((+0.40%) at 17,477.40.

Year-to-date the Dow is down -1.94%.

There were 24 Dow stocks up Friday.

Dow stock winners Friday were led by Dupont (DD) +1.57% and Cisco (CSCO) +1.15%.

The Dow stock losers Friday were led by Exxon Mobil (XOM) -0.37% and Verizon (VZ) -0.36%.

Cisco (CSCO +1.15%) was downgraded to ‘Equal Weight’ from ‘Overweight’ at Morgan Stanley.

JPMorgan Chase (JPM +0.50%) was upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette with a $77 price target.

Wal-Mart (WMT +0.37%) coverage was transitioned with an ‘Overweight’ at Stephens with a price target of $90.

European stocks are mostly higher and Asian markets ended mixed.

The national average price of gasoline is up one-tenth of a cent at $2.670 per gallon.

Earnings Reports.

Home Depot (HD) reports earnings on 8/18/2015 before the market open.

Wal-Mart (WMT) reports earnings on 8/18/2015 before the market open.

Today’s Featured Dow Stock

Merck (MRK)

Merck (MRK) is up +4.21% year-to-date.

Financial Calendar

0830 ET Aug Empire manufacturing survey of general business conditions expected +0.94 to 4.80, Jul +5.84 to 3.86.

1000 ET Aug NAHB housing market index expected +1 to 61, Jul unch at 60.

1100 ET USDA weekly grain export inspections.

1600 ET USDA weekly crop progress.

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