After falling as much as one percent on Obama and Putin's
comments on Syria, markets rallied to finish the day unchanged.
This is the fourth day in a row of volatility and minor
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 14.98 points, or 0.1
percent closing at 14,922.50. The S&P 500 added 0.09 points,
or 0.01 percent ending at 1,655.17. The NASDAQ Composite rose by
1.23 points, or 0.03 percent to end at 3,660.01. The Russell 3000
rose points 1,07, or 0.11 percent to finish the week at
For the past two weeks, uncertainty over Syrian war has sent
markets up and down. Today there was almost a one percent swing
as Obama meets with the G20 to rally support and Putin speaks to
preserve Syria's sovereignty.
Unemployment for August was 7.3 percent, down 0.1 percent from
July. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 169,000, coming in below economist
expectations. The manufacturing sector strongly outperformed
expectations, while the private sector fell far below.
) shot up 31.73 percent to $6.85 after the company reported
strong third-quarter earnings. VeriFone Systems (NYSE:
) got a boost, moving up 10.04 percent to $22.80 after the
fiscal third-quarter results. Mattress Firm Holding (NASDAQ:
) dropped 14.63 percent to $35.59 after the company reported weak
second-quarter results and lowered its forecast. MannKind
) shares tumbled 6.98 percent to $5.86 after
Bank of America
downgraded the stock from Neutral to Underperform. Smith &
Wesson Holding (NASDAQ:
) gave up 10.19 percent to $10.31 after the company issued a
downbeat Q2 forecast.
Volume and Volatility
After a light day of trading yesterday, volume picked up to
finish the week. Heading into the close, more than 130 million
shares of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE:
) trade, compared to the 110 million average. The CBOE measure of
volatility fell 0.7 percent today to finish near 15.66. This is
an eight percent drop since Tuesday's open.
Oil continued gains
on the day with WTI up 2.04 percent to $110.58 and Brent gaining
0.7 percent to reach $116.07. Correspondingly, gasoline futures
got a bump up 0,47 percent to $284.93. Metals picked up some
ground today after doubts of intervention in Syria sent them
lower earlier this week. Gold futures are approaching $1,400
again, up 1.23 percent to $1,389.90. Silver futures rose 2.69
percent to $23.88 nearing the close.
Market uncertainty drove bonds higher on the day. The iShares
Barclays 20+ Year Treasury ETF (NYSE:
) was up 0.52 percent at last check to $103.06.
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