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Yellen Testimony Pushes Stocks to Higher Highs

By: Schaeffer's Investment Research
Posted: 11/14/2013 4:19:00 PM
Referenced Stocks: AAPL;AMZN;CSCO;HD;NFLX

"As expected, Fed Chair nominee Janet Yellen offered a rather dovish stance to the Senate Banking Committee," noted Schaeffer's Senior Technical Strategist Ryan Detrick, CMT. "This didn't rock the boat too much, and as a result, the bulls came out once again. In the process, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) and the S&P 500 Index (SPX) both hit new all-time highs, so we can't complain too much there."

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 15,876.22) experienced another day of technical milestones, tagging an all-time intraday peak of 15,884.99. The blue-chip index went on to finish the session 54.6 points, or 0.4%, higher -- marking a record closing high yet again. The Home Depot, Inc. ( HD ) led the Dow's 23 advancers with a gain of 1.7%, while an earnings-induced loss of 11% for Cisco Systems, Inc. ( CSCO ) paced the seven laggards.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1,790.62) also reached a record intraday high, rising to 1,791.53, and was up 8.6 points, or 0.5%, by day's end -- securing another all-time closing peak. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 3,972.74) added 7.2 points, or 0.2%, and managed to tag a new 13-year peak of 3,975.89 in intraday trading.

Elsewhere, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 12.37) spent the early morning hours north of breakeven, but faltered as the day went on, closing 0.2 point, or 1.2%, lower.



A Trader's Take :

"Cisco Systems, Inc. ( CSCO ) gapped lower on earnings, and this held tech stocks back," Detrick continued. "Still, overall, this earnings season once again came in better than the lowered expectations. We've seen this pattern play out for nearly three years now, as analysts get overly cautious ahead of earnings, and sure enough, earnings come in better than anticipated. Tomorrow is expiration Friday, so be sure to close out any open trades that might expire."

3 Things to Know About Today's Market :

5 Stocks We Were Watching Today :

  1. Cisco Systems, Inc. ( CSCO ) was hit with a round of bearish brokerage notes today, after reporting lackluster quarterly earnings last night.
  2. Our Weekly Contrarian explores the negative sentiment surrounding Netflix, Inc. ( NFLX ) , despite its technical prowess.
  3. Puts were popular on Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) , following the retailer's turn in the earnings confessional this morning.
  4. Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) leader Elon Musk was in the positive spotlight, despite the firm snagging a few negative headlines recently.
  5. Bullish speculators zeroed in on QUALCOMM, Inc. (QCOM) , and showed a particular interest in the stock's weekly call options.


For a look at today's options movers and commodities activity, head to page 2.



Commodities :

Crude futures edged lower today, as oil supplies increased for the eighth straight week. By the closing bell, the December contract shaved off 12 cents, or 0.1%, to end at $93.76 per barrel.

Meanwhile, gold futures snapped their five-day losing streak, thanks to weaker-than-expected jobless data, as well as Janet Yellen's remarks before the Senate Banking Committee. December-dated gold climbed $17.90, or 1.4%, to close at $1,286.30 per ounce.