Last week’s meteoric rise and blast through DOW 20,000 has been somewhat short-lived. Following the peak close of 20,125, the major index has fallen 250 points and closed down 107 points today at 19,864. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ after achieving their own record highs last week have dropped, too. The S&P 500 lost  2 points today to close at 2,278 and the NASDAQ added a point to end at 5,614. All three major indices were positive for the month of January.

Investors seem to be turned off lately to the political actions of the new administration.  A good example is the latest ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. Included in the executive order are legal residents and visa holders who have been temporarily halted on entry to this country of refugees. This ban has sparked worldwide protests at airports around the globe and led to statements of disagreement from most of the large technology companies who are concerned about the potential overhaul of the Hi-B visa program used by these companies to hire high-skilled workers. Other corporate heads reacted to this order negatively, too. 

Today, the Dow was hurt by declines in the shares of GS, 3M, DD, IBM CAT, BA and the energy components. Airline stocks suffered for obvious reasons. In addition, materials producers underwent large selloffs as well. In fact, the damage was so widespread that only 3 of the 30 DOW stocks ended with gains.

Bond yields here eased a bit with the 10-year Treasury Note at 2.47% despite the fact that European bond yields have been moving higher due to German price inflation. The dollar continued its weakening trend and as a result gold prices moved back up to $1,211 an ounce while crude oil ended lower at $52.71 a barrel, literally going nowhere recently.

Earnings continue pouring in with 174 S&P 500companies having already reported. The profit number is thus far higher by 6.8% as 74% of these companies have beaten on the earnings side while 53% have come in better than revenue estimates.

The earnings parade continues this week with the following companies reporting – tonight – DOW component AAPL plus AMD and EA; Wednesday – ALL, MET, MO and FB; Thursday – DOW components MRK and V, plus AMZN, AMGN and EL.

Donald M. Selkin

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