After yesterday’s downside stunner, the markets opened mixed this morning. The DOW made a fast decline to a loss of 36 points…then it started to attract buyers and pushed irregularly higher as the day moved on. The DOW finished today with a 14 point gain, the S&P added 4 points, and the NASDAQ finished higher by 14 points, too. 

The DOW was led to the upside by CAT, GS and HD, all of which were doing well yesterday before the roof caved in. Nearly every one of the 30 members were higher today with the exception of PG. The NASDAQ gained without the help of AMZN today which took a well-deserved rest after its historic run-up to record highs over the past two weeks.

Economic reports will finish with the big one tomorrow, namely the March jobs report. The current official estimate is 180,000 compared to 235,000 from the prior month. However, the 263,000 ADP estimate really has everyone in a tizzy since ADP has been off the mark so often.

Donald M. Selkin

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