Nasdaq Nabs Longest Win Streak Since March

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U.S. stocks finished the day with healthy gains, with the Dow up triple digits to log its highest close since February, and the S&P 500 landing its highest close since the Jan. 26 record high. The Nasdaq, meanwhile, scored a sixth straight gain, marking its longest winning streak since March. Also noteworthy, the VIX, or the stock market's " fear gauge ," fell to its lowest close since January. Another day of impressive corporate earnings helped push markets higher in today's session, though focus shifted to Tesla ( TSLA ), which was temporarily halted after CEO Elon Musk said he might take the company private .

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 25,628.91) gained 126.7 points, or 0.5%. Twenty-two blue chips closed the day higher, led by Caterpillar ( CAT ), which picked up 2.1%. Meanwhile, Apple ( AAPL ) paced the eight decliners with a 0.9% drop.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX -2,858.45) rose 8 points, or 0.3%, while the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 7,883.66) picked up 24 points, or 0.3%.

The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 10.93) shed 0.3 point, or 3%, for the day.

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5 Items on our Radar Today

  1. Just one day after reporting better-than-expected second-quarter earnings and revenue, SeaWorld Entertainment ( SEAS ) announced it will be cutting 125 jobs as part of a company-wide restructuring. The firm said it will provide "severance benefits and transition assistance" for those impacted. ( MarketWatch )
  2. D.A. Davidson analyst Tom Forte is predicting Amazon's ( AMZN ) push into the travel and gas station industries . Alongside his reiterated "buy" rating for the FAANG stock, Forte acknowledged that rival Costco (COST) sees at least 10% of its profit come from gas stations, and "Amazon could sell consumers not only the airline tickets and hotel accommodations, but also everything they need for their trip." ( CNBC )
  3. Nike (NKE) stock could have more room to run .
  4. Array Biopharma (ARRY) just scored an FDA nod .
  5. A rallying cybersecurity stock backed by analysts .
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Gold Rebounds on Softening Dollar

Oil logged another day of gains after the Trump administration's sanctions on Iran went into effect. September-dated crude finished up 0.2%, or 16 cents, to settle at $69.17 per barrel.

Gold managed to eke out a win after the dollar softened against a basket of foreign currencies. December-dated gold futures finished 60 cents, or 0.5%, higher, at $1,218.30 an ounce.

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