Stock Market Update Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Stocks were hammered today!

After a slightly lower open, the major indices were essentially in a freefall from lunch all the way until the close.

Down more than 3.0% today, the S&P closed below its 200-day moving average, a key technical level some traders use to distinguish between bullish and bearish markets.

Why the drop?


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There were no notable economic reports. Instead, it was once again all about trade.

A day after traders were celebrating the positive outcome of a meeting between the U.S. and China, President Trump tweets that he is a “Tariff Man”. A Washington Post report claims that China is confused about the comments from Trump and that they have NOT acknowledged a 90-day deadline for talks.


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Here’s where the major indices ended the day:

  • The S&P finished with a 3.2% loss. Down 90 points, the S&P ended at 2,700.
  • The DOW ended lower by 3.1%. Dropping 799 points, the DOW closed at 25,027.
  • The NASDAQ was down 3.8%. With a 283 point loss, the NASDAQ finished at 7,158.
  • Bitcoin finished higher by 0.9%. Up $35, Bitcoin ended at $3,865.

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Crude Oil (CL) finished higher for the 2nd day in a row. With a 0.4% gain, CL finished at $53.17 a barrel.

Autozone (AZO) stood out in a sea of red. The stock finished higher by 6.8% after better than expected earnings. In other earnings news, Dollar General (DG) suffered a 6.8% loss after earnings that were worse than expected.

U.S. stock markets will be closed tomorrow to honor the passing of former President George H.W. Bush.


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