stock market returns


U.S. equities drifted lower on Thursday, risking a breakdown out of a tight two-month consolidation range just one day ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. This seems, on the surface, a little odd given Trump’s surprise victory boosted markets in a historic run to record highs.

But sentiment has turned recently, keeping the Dow Jones Industrial Average below the 20,000 threshold, as doubts have emerged over his aggressive stance on foreign trade, risks of an increased rate hike tempo and the specter of a showdown with budget hawks in Congress as the debt ceiling approaches once more in March.


In the end, the Dow lost 0.4%, the S&P 500 gave back 0.4%, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.3% and the Russell 2000 ended the day 0.9% lower. Treasury bonds were mostly weaker, the dollar mostly stronger, gold lost 0.9% and oil gained 0.4% but finished off its best levels after inventory data showed an unexpected build.

stock market returns: Investment Technology Group, Inc.(ITG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Investment Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: ITG) was downgraded to Market Perform from outperform by KeefeBruyette & Woods.


    Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.

stock market returns: PulteGroup, Inc.(PHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows KB Home along with large cap D.R. Horton, Inc (NYSE: DHI) and mid capsLennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) and PulteGroup, Inc (NYSE: PHM) somewhat range bound or volatile for the past four years:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows KB Home underperforming large cap D.R. Horton, Inc (NYSE: DHI) and mid capsLennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) and PulteGroup, Inc (NYSE: PHM) with much of the outperformance of homebuilder stocks coming earlier in the recovery with shares moving sideways since then:

  • [By Eileen Rojas]

    PulteGroup has high growth expectations
    PulteGroup (NYSE: PHM  ) reported $36 million, or $0.09 per share, of net income for its second quarter ended June 30. Net income included charges for several events that took place in the quarter. In the prior year’s quarter, the company reported net income of $42 million, or $0.11 per share. CEO Richard J. Dugas Jr. believes the housing market is on track to a long-term recovery. He finds that consumers see good value in the market, despite a limited supply of housing inventory, rising prices, and higher interest rates.

stock market returns: International Paper Company(IP)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dr. Duru]

    The U.S. Postal Service is engaged in a well-publicized battle for survival in this era of digitization. With the closure of its paper mill in Courtland, Alabama, International Paper (IP) has further underlined the inexorable drive of digitization. On September 11, 2013, IP announced the following:

  • [By Andy Batts]

    Forestar is a real estate and natural resources company headquartered in Austin, Texas. The company was originally founded in 1955 as Lumberman’s Land Corp., which was eventually acquired by Temple-Inland, currently owned by International Paper (IP), and was spun off in late 2007 at $24 a share.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We looked at the speculation that International Paper (IP) could be a takeover target, and the progress made at Ralph Lauren (RL), and the slowing same-store sales at Shake Shack (SHAK).

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    International Paper Co. (IP) is the largest containerboard maker in the world. And lest you think theres no growth in this old-line industry, IP supplies 50% of Amazon.com, Inc.s (AMZN) need for cardboard boxes.

  • [By Diane Alter]

    The last time a Dow shake-up caused such a stir was in April 2004, when AT&T (NYSE: T), Eastman Kodak (currently in bankruptcy proceedings), and International Paper Co. (NYSE: IP) were removed and replaced with American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ).

  • [By John McCamant, Editor, Medical Technology Stock Letter]

    SGMO continues to create strong intellectual property (IP), which is the core strength of the company. We also expect SGMO to continue translating their strong IP into solid revenue streams.

stock market returns: CNH Industrial N.V.(CNHI)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    I wrote bullishly about Deere (DE) back in December, and since then the stock has done…not much, gaining 4.8% to the S&P 500′s 4.1% rise. So I’ve tried to stay on top of the stock, both the bullish calls and the bearish ones–and today, I have another bear to add to the list. That would be JPMorgan’s Ann Duignan, who reiterated her Underweight rating on Deere today, as well as CNH Industrial (CNHI) and Agco (AGCO). She explains why:

stock market returns: Black Box Corporation(BBOX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ: BBOX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $218.41 million.

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