Boeing, Goldman Lead Dow Higher; Financials Outperform Ahead Of Fed

Solid performances from Boeing ( BA ), Goldman Sachs ( GS ) and Verizon ( VZ ) sparked the Dow Jones industrial average to a 0.6% gain in afternoon trading Tuesday.

[ibd-display-video id=3019100 width=50 float=left autostart=true] Boeing got a lift on news of a raised dividend and a new $18 billion share-buyback program. Shares rose nearly 3%. Boeing is the top-performing Dow stock this year, up 87% year-to-date.

Verizon, meanwhile, got an upgrade from Instinet to buy. Instinet also raised its price target, to 61 from 47. Shares picked up more than 2%. Verizon is still in buy range from a 51.28 entry. Goldman Sachs is in the early stages of breaking out of a base. The entry could be interpreted either as 247.17 or 247.84.

The S&P 500 added 0.3%, while the Nasdaq composite eased less than 0.1%. Software stocks weighed on the Nasdaq after JPMorgan downgraded several names after solid runs in 2017, including Adobe Systems ( ADBE ), ServiceNow ( NOW ) and RingCentral (RNG), among others. Adobe reports earnings Thursday after the close.

Volume on the NYSE and Nasdaq was tracking higher than Monday's levels in the stock market today .

Financials outperformed as the two-day Federal Reserve meeting got underway. A rate hike is widely expected Wednesday when the Fed statement comes out at 2 p.m. ET.

MarketSmith Growth 250 names in the financial sector like Charles Schwab (SCHW), Interactive Brokers (IBKR) and Stifel Financial (SF) did well, with gains of around 2%.

In economic news, producer prices rose more than expected in November, but Wall Street shrugged the data off. The 10-year Treasury yield was recently trading around 2.40%, up 1 basis point.

Separately, small-business optimism is at its highest level since 1983, according the latest reading from the National Federation of Independent Business. The index rose to 107.5 in November, the second-highest reading in its 44-year history.

Inside the IBD 50 , PayPal (PYPL) was poised for its fifth gain in six trading sessions, but recent advances have come in light volume after the stock briefly gave up the 50-day line in heavy volume. Shares were up 0.8%.

In the small-cap space, KMG Chemicals (KMG) soared past a 59.50 buy point, rising 13% to 62.34. With a Composite Rating of 96, KMG has a lot going for it from a fundamental and technical perspective. Late Monday, the company reported a 73% surge in quarterly profit. Sales growth accelerated for the second straight quarter, rising 45% to $110.7 million.


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