DJIA Market Happenings For Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dow stocks at 52 week highs include Apple (AAPL), Dupont (DD), Home Depot (HD), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and UnitedHealth (UNH). There are no Dow stock 52 week lows.

The Market

Premarket today, the Dow was indicated to open up +59 points.

Wednesday the Dow was up +112.73 (+0.54%) at 20,950.10.

Year-to-date the Dow is up +5.44%.

There were 6 Dow stocks up Wednesday.

The Dow stock winners Wednesday were led by Caterpillar (CAT) +1.63% and UnitedHealth (UNH) +1.61%.

The Dow stock losers Wednesday were led by American Express (AXP) -0.58% and Disney (DIS) -0.39%.

Jobless claims fell by 2,000 to 241,000 in the week ended March 11. Economists’ estimates for initial jobless claims ranged from 233,000 to 255,000. The figure for the previous week was unrevised at 243,000.

European stocks are higher and Asian markets ended higher.

The national average price of gasoline is down four-tenths of a cent at $2.286 per gallon.

Earnings Reports.

Nike (NKE) reports earnings on 3/21/2017 after the market close.

Today’s Featured Dow Stock

Intel (INTC)

Intel (INTC) is down -3.01% year-to-date.

Financial Calendar

0830 ET Weekly initial unemployment claims expected -3,000 to 240,000, previous +20,000 to 243,000. Weekly continuing claims expected -5,000 to 2.053 million, previous -6,000 to 2.058 million.

0830 ET Feb housing starts expected +1.4% to 1.263 million, Jan -2.6% to 1.246 million. Feb building permits expected -2.0% to 1.267 million, Jan +5.3% to 1.293 million.

0830 ET USDA weekly Export Sales.

0830 ET Mar Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey expected -13.3 to 30.0, Feb +19.7 to 43.3.

1000 ET Jan JOLTS job openings expected +61,000 to 5.562 million, Dec -4,000 to 5.501 million.

1100 ET Treasury announces amount of 10-year TIPS to be auctioned Mar 23 (previous $13 billion).

1300 ET Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and German Finance Minister Schaeuble meet in Berlin to discuss trade and economic issues, with a joint press conference to follow the meeting.

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