The upside motivation yesterday was that two DOW components, retailers HD (new all-time high) and WMT beat their earnings forecast. This moved the index higher along with recently beaten-down M doing better after its report. On the downside, HSBC sold off on its report and both UL and KHC gave back all of last Friday’s gains as their potential merger has been called off.

Bond yields were actually down with the 10-year at 2.42% despite the fact that the dollar strengthened.  Some Fed governors made noises about the possibility of a March rate hike. This helped the dollar gain and sent the Euro down to 105.5 and the Japanese yen to 113.45. Gold was lower on the dollar strength but crude oil was over $54 a barrel…its highest level in 20 months.  Breadth numbers were strong at around a 2 to 1 upside ratio. 

With three hours into today’s session, the markets are mixed. The DOW currently up 19 points, while the S&P is lower by 2 and the NASDAQ is down 37 points.

Donald M. Selkin

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