Biden's Tax Plan Puts Pressure on Stocks

The Dow closed 321 points lower today, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq followed closely behind to also finish the day deep in the red. The major indexes were largely struggling for direction earlier, despite upbeat corporate earnings and better-than-expected employment data, which showed initial jobless claims for last week totaling 547,000 -- much better than the estimated 603,000 and a new pandemic low. However, shares swiftly dropped later in the day after news that U.S. President Joe Biden is to propose higher capital gains taxes for Americans earning $1 million or more. Also in Washington, the Republican party entered their counter offer to Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

Continue reading for more on today's market, including:

  • A look at "cleantech" names amid the sector's explosive growth. 
  • Options traders targeting Tesla stock ahead of earnings. 
  • Plus, TDC receives a couple bull notes; unpacking HMST's recent dip; and the automaker driving higher.  

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 33,815.90) rose 321.4 points, or 0.9% for the day. Salesforce.com (CRM) topped the list of blue chips with a modest 0.3% gain, while Dow (DOW) dropped to the bottom after shedding 6%. 

Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Index (SPX - 4,134.98) lost 38.4 points, while the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 13,818.41) fell 131.8 points. Both indexes lost 0.9% for the day.

Lastly, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 18.71) gained 1.2 points, or 6.9%.

Closing Indexes Summary April 22

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats April 22

  1. A look at what other countries pledged regarding climate change during Biden's global summit.  (CNBC)
  2. The Supreme Court, which has increasingly sided with minors since 2005, made a decision regarding juvenile offenders that reflects a more conservative group of justices. (Marketwatch)
  3. TDC soars after analysts take note of profit expectations.
  4. A look at this financial services name ahead of earnings. 
  5. Analyst sees strong growth prospects for this vehicle giant.

Earnings April 22

Unusual Options Activity April 22

Gold Pulls Back From Yesterday's Highs

Oil futures pared their earlier losses to finish with a slight gain, as oil demand in the U.S. and China add some positive sentiment. June-dated crude rose 8 cents, or 0.1%, to settle at $61.43 a barrel. 

Following yesterday's nearly two-month high, gold futures closed lower, snapping a three-session win streak as Covid-19 cases continue to rise globally. June-dated gold fell $11.10, or 0.6%, to settle at $1,782 an ounce.

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