Dow Spikes 245 to Multi-Year High on ECB, Jobs Data
At one point this afternoon, the
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI)
was up roughly 246 points, and by the close, the blue-chip
barometer solidified a near five-year best settlement. As
Schaeffer's Senior Equities Analyst Joe Bell points out, today's
action centered around the European Central Bank (ECB) president:
"This morning, Mr. Draghi confirmed the rumors and announced that
the ECB would buy bonds with maturities shorter than three years.
Throw in the news of better-than-expected jobs numbers on the
domestic front, and you have a lot of participants buying hand over
Click through to see what else was on our radar today:
- Bearish sentiment continues to rail against this broad-market upswing ... check out the new installment of Trader TV for more.
- Option Volume Briefs : put buying ramps up on the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLF).
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 13,292.00) rocketed to its intraday acme of 13,294.13, and maintained all but a few points of this upswing, advancing 244 points, or 1.9%, by the time the dust settled. All 30 blue chips took a step higher today, with Bank of America ( BAC ) and Cisco Systems, Inc. ( CSCO ) leading the bullish parade with gains of 5% and 4.4%, respectively.
In last-minute trading, the S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1,432.12) ran to a more than four-year acme, adding 28.7 points, or 2%, by the closing bell.
Turning in the best performance of its fellow benchmarks, the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 3,135.81) rallied 66.5 points, or 2.2%, to settle at its highest perch since mid-November 2000.
The CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX - 15.60) dipped to its lowest close in almost two weeks, peeling back 2.1 points, or 12.1% on the day.
Today's highlight : "I'm not sure if the vocal bears know , but this market just made a new four-and-a-half-year high this morning," said Bell. "Despite the constant naysayers, the resilience of this market has been incredible as the steady uptrend continues."
Turning to today's major market stories...
- Weekly Contrarian : Can Abercrombie & Fitch Prove the Skeptics Wrong?
- Tech and Internet bigwigs Amazon.com, Inc. ( AMZN ) and Google Inc ( GOOG ) were among Wall Street's standouts.
- Analysts adjusted their positions on computer services issue VeriSign, Inc. ( VRSN ) and electronic payments provider VeriFone Systems Inc (PAY) .
- A short strangle was constructed on SanDisk Corporation (SNDK) .
- Downtrending Peabody Energy Corporation (BTU) could fall even lower, should the remaining bullish sentiment begin to unravel.
- Bears Target the Financials : looking in on options activity for the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLF).
- What's a binary option, and where can I get one ?
For today's activity in commodities, options, and more, head to page 2.
Crude futures turned higher for a second straight day, following the Energy Information Administration (EIA) report of a bigger-than-projected drop in weekly crude supplies. The commodity also found support from the European Central Bank's (ECB) bond-buying program, as well as the upbeat jobs data and payroll report. Although the rally weakened as the session wore on, October-dated oil added 17 cents, or 0.2%, to end at $95.53 a barrel.
The ECB's plan to aid economically strapped euro-zone nations also buoyed gold futures today. While the euro strengthened with the news, gold for December delivery gained $11.60, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,705.60 an ounce. This marked precious metal's highest point since March 9.
Levels to watch in trading...
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 13,292.00)
- support at 11,500; resistance at 14,000
S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1,432.12)
- support at 1,100; resistance at 1,500
- Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 3,135.81) - support at 2,400; resistance at 3,400
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