The Dow Market Happenings For Friday, December 18, 2020

Dow stocks hitting 52 week highs include Nike (NKE). There are no Dow stock 52 week lows.

The Market

Premarket today, the Dow was indicated to open up +8 points.

Thursday the Dow was up +148.83 (+0.49%) at 30,303.37.

Year-to-date the Dow is up +6.18%.

There were 21 Dow stocks up Thursday.

The Dow stock winners Thursday were led by Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) 153.62 (+2.64%), Home Depot (HD) 273.97 (+1.62%) and Nike (NKE) 140.50 (+1.56%).

The Dow stock losers Thursday were led by Boeing (BA) 221.24 (-2.05%), Intel (INTC) 50.65 (-0.92%) and JPMorgan (JPM) 119.67 (-0.83%).

Can Congress deliver a new Covid-19 stimulus package and a spending bill before government funding authorization ends at midnight?

Bitcoin traded above $23,000 overnight after topping that level for the first time ever Thursday before pairing its gains. The world’s largest cryptocurrency has soared more than 350% in 2020, by far the year’s best performing asset class.

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine on Thursday received a positive recommendation from an FDA panel, setting up possible emergency use authorization from the agency Friday. Moderna’s vaccine was poised to become the second to be cleared in America. One week ago, the FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on an emergency basis. Health-care workers in the U.S. started to get their Pfizer shots this week. The vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna both are two shots.

Vice President Mike Pence was vaccinated before cameras Friday morning. There’s no word when President Donald Trump, who had Covid, will get his shot. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a polio survivor, plan to get vaccinated in the next few days. President-elect Joe Biden could be vaccinated as soon as next week.

European stocks are higher and Asian markets ended lower.

The national average price of gasoline is up seven-tenths of a cent at $2.210 per gallon.

Earnings Reports

Nike (NKE) will report earnings on 12/18/2020 after the market close. Nike closed at 138.75 (+1.14%) on Monday 12/7/2020. It was a 52 week high.

Today’s Featured Dow Stock

Apple (AAPL)

Apple (AAPL) 128.70 (+0.70%) is up +75.32% year-to-date. Apple (AAPL) YTD low was 53.15 on 3/23/2020. Apple has provided a +142.15% gain off the YTD low.

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