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Columbus, IN



380 Plaza Drive
Suite D
Columbus, IN 47201

800-444-7892

Andrew B. Simms, CWA®
Senior Vice President
Branch Manager
812/372-7892
ASimms@hilliard.com

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Daily Market Comment

Daily Market Recap -


Updated Each Business Day at Approximately 4:30 pm ET.



The three main US benchmarks closed at record highs on Wednesday, boosted by investor enthusiasm after the Fed's Beige Book read indicated an optimistic forecast for the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 322.79 points to 26115.65 (its first close above the 26,000 milestone), the S&P 500 added 26.14 points at 2802.56, and the NASDAQ Composite gained 74.59 points at 7298.28. The Dow 30 was helped higher by shares of component Boeing Co. rising 4.7 percent for the session.

Dow Transports rose 31.16 points to 11258.47, the Dow Jones Utility Index was up 4.48 points at 687.67, and the Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1586.66, up 13.69 points. 911 million and 550 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE 9 to 5 and on the NASDAQ nearly 2 to 1.

February WTI crude climbed 0.4 percent, settling at $63.97 per barrel. The US dollar declined slightly versus major rivals. Gold for February delivery rose around 0.2 percent, settling at $1339.20 per ounce. US Treasury yields increased. Recent yields: 2.04 percent for the 2-year note, 2.39 percent for the 5-year note, 2.57 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.84 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --

The three main US benchmarks hit record highs in intraday trading, but all three also closed Tuesday's session in the red as investor enthusiasm seemed tempered by political and earnings season concerns. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 10.33 points at 25792.86, the S&P 500 shed 9.82 points at 2776.42, and the NASDAQ Composite was down 37.38 points at 7223.69. Merck and UnitedHealth led the Dow 30 on the upside, rising 5.8 and 2 percent, respectively, while shares of General Electric were off 3 percent, leading on the downside. For December the New York Fed's Empire State Manufacturing Index came in at 17.7, below economists' expectations for a rise from November's read of 18.

Dow Transports skidded 146.07 points at 11227.31, while the Dow Jones Utility Index was off less than a point at 683.19. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1572.97, lower by 19 points. 1.1 billion and 618 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Decliners outnumbered advancers on both the NYSE and NASDAQ 2 to 1.

February WTI crude's climb took a breather, with the contract off 0.9 percent at $63.73 per barrel. The US dollar declined versus major rivals, helping gold for February delivery inch 0.2 percent higher, settling at $1337.10 per ounce. Recent US Treasury yields: 2.01 percent for the 2-year note, 2.35 percent for the 5-year note, 2.54 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.83 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --

The three main US benchmarks closed at record highs yet again on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 228.46 points to 25803.19 (+2 percent for the week), the S&P 500 rose 18.68 points at 2786.24 (+1.6 percent for the week), and the NASDAQ Composite gained 49.29 points at 7261.06 (+1.7 percent for the week). Energy and consumer discretionary sectors led in the green. The tech sector was slightly hampered by shares of Facebook, which were off 4.5 percent after the company's decision to make some changes to what's prioritized for users on its News Feed function.

Dow Transports added 89.06 points at 11373.38, while the Dow Jones Utility Index lost 6.66 points at 683.91. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1591.76, up 4.98 points. 874 million and 494 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outpaced decliners on the NYSE 15 to 13 and on the NASDAQ 3 to 2.

February WTI crude closed at $64.30 per barrel, up 0.8 percent for the session and around 4.7 percent for the week. The ICE US Dollar Index saw continued weakness, falling another 0.8 percent. Inversely, gold for February delivery rose another 0.9 percent, settling at $1334.90 per ounce; for the week the contract was up approximately 1 percent. US Treasury yields increased. Recent yields: 2.00 percent for the 2-year note, 2.34 percent for the 5-year note, 2.55 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.85 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --

On Thursday, rising oil prices -- ergo, higher energy sector share prices -- translated to another round of record high closes for the three main US benchmarks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 205.60 points to 25574.73, the S&P 500 added 19.33 points at 2767.56, and the NASDAQ Composite gained 58.21 points at 7211.78. Oil was helped higher by another weekly decrease in the US's crude stockpiles and lower US production. February WTI crude closed at $63.80 per barrel, up 0.4 percent for the session.

Dow Transports climbed 254.22 points at 11284.32, while the Dow Jones Utility Index shed 2.57 points at 690.57. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1585.97, up 26.73 points. 828 million and 482 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outpaced decliners on the NYSE 11 to 3 and on the NASDAQ over 3 to 1.

The US dollar weakened versus major rivals, with the ICE US Dollar Index down 0.5 percent. Inversely, gold for February delivery inched up another 0.2 percent, settling at $1322.50 per ounce. Recent US Treasury yields: 1.98 percent for the 2-year note, 2.32 percent for the 5-year note, 2.53 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.87 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --
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