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Dow Jones Industrial Average Jumps Triple Digits as Energy Stocks Rally with Oil


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The  Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)  enjoyed a triple-digit gain today, as Wall Street's attention shifted from the recent political drama to corporate earnings. Strong quarterly results from Deere gave stocks an early jolt, and provided a big lift to Dow component Caterpillar stock . Rising oil prices also added to the bullish backdrop, ahead of next week's Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries ( OPEC ) meeting. As such, energy stocks led the  S&P 500 Index ( SPX higher, and the tech-heavy  Nasdaq Composite (COMP)  also moved into the black. The Dow still closed the week in the red, as today's gains weren't enough to overcome Wednesday's huge sell-off

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The  Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA - 20,804.84)  rose 141.8 points, or 0.7%, to close back above its 50-day moving average. Twenty-six of 30 Dow components closed above breakeven. Aside from Caterpillar's 2.2% gain, GE had a big day, adding 2.1%. Cisco Systems, meanwhile, underperformed again, losing 0.5%. The Dow closed the week down 0.4%. 

The  S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,381.73)  added 16 points, or 0.7%, and the  Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 6,083.70)  picked up 28.6 points, or 0.5%. The indexes finished the week with respective losses of 0.4% and 0.6%. 

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 12.04)  shed 2.6 points, or 17.8%. Still, the "fear gauge" added 15.8% for the week. 

Closing Indexes Summary May 19
NYSE and Nasdaq Stats May 19


5 Items on Our Radar Today:
  1. Ride-hailing company Uber has launched Uber Freight , as the private firm tries to enter the trucking business. The app is for truck drivers looking to connect with shipping companies. ( USA Today )
  2. Amazon is preparing to bring its checkout-free grocery stores -- Amazon Go -- to Europe. Potential slogans for the business were just trademarked in the U.K.  (Bloomberg)
  3. Analysts were rushing to raise their outlooks on this booming cloud stock
  4. Why it might be time to buy Microsoft call options
  5. Inside another huge day for Weight Watchers stock .  

Corporate Earnings May 19
Unusual Options Activity May 19
Data courtesy of  Trade-Alert

Commodities

Oil prices continued their recent rally today, as traders prepare for next week's OPEC meeting. June-dated crude futures finished up 98 cents, or 2%, at $50.33 per barrel -- the highest close in roughly a month. Oil added 5.2% for the week. 

Despite the stock rally, gold prices also rose today. June-dated gold futures closed with an 80-cent, or 0.06%, win to land at $1,253.60 per ounce. This brings gold's weekly gain to 2.1%. 

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.



This article appears in: Investing , Options
Referenced Symbols: SPX , CAT , DE


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