Day Traders Diary

January 20, 2021

The stock market rallied to a record close as President Joe Biden was sworn into office, sparking hopes for another stimulus package and smoother vaccine rollout ahead. A slew of strong quarterly results also boosted sentiment, including from Netflix which soared 16.9%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 257 points, or... Read More

January 19, 2021

The major averages climbed on Tuesday, rebounding from a losing week, as investors digested results from the new earnings season as well as signals for another big stimulus and faster pace of vaccine distribution ahead. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 116 points, or 0.4%, to 30,930. The S&P 500... Read More

January 15, 2021

The major averages pulled back to end the week as traders weighed President-elect Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan along with the latest earnings from some of the biggest U.S. banks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 177... Read More

January 14, 2021

The major averages gave up their gains with tech shares declining, as traders awaited the unveiling of a potential big economic stimulus package and weighed more positive vaccine news. The S&P 500 traded just below breakeven, giving up an earlier gain. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up just 48 points.... Read More

January 13, 2021

The major averages closed mixed with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling 8 points or 0.03%. The S&P 500 rose 8 points while the Nasdaq Composite closed up 56 points or 0.43%. The decline was led by tech shares, as traders kept an eye on interest rates and the political... Read More

January 12, 2021

The major averages closed modestly higher as traders weighed higher rates, possible stimulus and political turmoil. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 60 points, or 0.2%, to 31,068. The Nasdaq Composite ended the day up 36 points or 0.26% at 13,072. The S&P 500 rose just a point to 3,801.... Read More

January 11, 2021

The major averages pulled back as investors assessed equity valuations and the outlook for more Covid-19 relief stimulus, along with ongoing political turmoil. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 89 points, or 0.3%, to end the day at 31,008. The S&P 500 dipped 0.7% to 3,799 while the Nasdaq Composite... Read More

January 8, 2021

The major averages closed at record highs on Friday to end the first trading week of the year as traders weighed the prospects of new fiscal aid as well as disappointing U.S. jobs data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day up 56 points, or 0.2%, at 31,097. The... Read More

January 7, 2021

The major averages rose to all-time highs on Thursday as Congress confirmed the election of Joe Biden as president and traders looked past the unrest in Washington. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 21 points, or 0.69%. At one point, the Dow was up more than 300 points. The Nasdaq... Read More

January 6, 2021

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 rose to all-time highs on Wednesday even as protesting escalated at the Capital building in DC. The Dow climbed 437 points, or 1.44%. The Dow briefly rose more than 600 points earlier in the session. The S&P 500 advanced 21 points or... Read More

January 5, 2021

The major averages recovering from sharp losses to start the year as traders made bets for a strong global economic recovery. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 167 points or 0.6%, at 30,391. The S&P 500 advanced 0.7% to 3,726 while the Nasdaq Composite climbed nearly 1% to 12,818. Boeing... Read More

January 4, 2021

The major averages dropped on the first trading day of 2021, amid concerns about global coronavirus cases and the Georgia runoff elections. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down 382 points, or 1.25%. At one point, the Dow was down more than 700 points. The S&P 500 dipped 55 points... Read More

December 31, 2020

The major averages wrapped up this volatile and unprecedented year in positive territory with the S&P 500 closing at all-time highs.  The Dow closed up 196 points higher, or 0.7%, at 30,606. The S&P 500 climbed 0.6% to 3.756 while the Nasdaq Composite advanced 18 points or 0.14% at 12,888. The... Read More

December 30, 2020

The major averages Stocks rose slightly on Wednesday amid renewed vaccine optimism while traders looked for clues on additional fiscal stimulus. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 73 points, or 0.2%, to 30,409. The 30-stock average eked out a record closing high. The S&P 500 climbed 0.1% to 3,732 while... Read More

December 29, 2020

The major averages slipped on Tuesday after reaching fresh all-time highs as traders weighed the possibility of even more fiscal stimulus being approved by Congress. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 68 points lower, or 0.2%, at 30,335. The S&P 500 dipped 0.2% to 3,727 while the Nasdaq Composite... Read More

December 28, 2020

The major averages jumped to record highs on Monday to start the final trading week of 2020 after President Donald Trump signed an economic relief bill. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 204 points higher, or 0.68%. The S&P 500 climbed 32 points or 0.87%, while the Nasdaq Composite... Read More

December 24, 2020

The major averages posted gains on Christmas Eve to wrap up the holiday-shortened week.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 70 points, or 0.2%, to close at 30,199 while the S&P 500 gained 0.4%, or 13 points, to close... Read More

December 23, 2020

The major averages closed mixed even after President Donald Trump criticized the new Covid-19 relief package, a move that could delay the deployment of funds to struggling Americans. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 114 points or 0.38% while the S&P 500 gained just 2 points halting a three-day losing... Read More

December 22, 2020

The major averages closed mixed as the S&P 500 fell for a third straight session on Tuesday even after Congress approved a long-delayed coronavirus relief package. The S&P 500 declined 7 points to 3,687. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 200 points, or 0.7%, to 30,015. The Nasdaq Composite eked... Read More

December 21, 2020

The major averages closed mixed following a sharp sell off to start the day on reports of a new Covid strain in the U.K. The broad equity index dipped 0.4%, or 14 points, to end at 3,694 after falling nearly 2% at its session low. The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.1%,... Read More

December 18, 2020

The major averages pulled back from record highs in volatile trading on Friday as lawmakers struggled to bridge differences on additional coronavirus stimulus measures. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 124 points, or 0.4%, to 30,179. At its session low, the 30-stock benchmark shed more than 270 points. The S&P... Read More

December 17, 2020

The major averages closed at record levels on Thursday, boosted by hopes that Washington will come through on additional fiscal aid before the end of 2020. The S&P 500 gained 0.6% to end the day at 3,722 while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.8% to 12,764. The Dow Jones Industrial... Read More

December 16, 2020

The major averages finished mixed as the S&P 500 rose slightly on Wednesday amid the Federal Reserve's latest pledge to support the economy and the apparent progress in U.S. fiscal stimulus negotiations. The broader-market index closed 0.2% higher at 3,701, just below a record closing high. The Nasdaq Composite gained... Read More

December 15, 2020

The major averages closed sharply higher as traders grew more optimistic about Congress passing another economic relief package. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 337 points, or 1.1%, to 30,199. The S&P 500 advanced 1.3%, or 47 points, to 3,694, snapping a four-day losing streak. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.3%,... Read More

December 14, 2020

The major averages pulled back once again as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 fell on Monday as fears of additional Covid-19 restrictions offset the optimism around a vaccine rollout. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 184 points, or 0.6%, at 29,861. The S&P 500 declined by... Read More

December 11, 2020

The major averages closed mixed with the S&P 500 wrapping up a losing week, as the outlook for additional fiscal stimulus remained uncertain. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 47 points or 0.16%. The S&P 500 closed down just 4 points or 0.13% while the Nasdaq Composite dipped 27... Read More

December 10, 2020

Stocks closed little changed on Thursday as lawmakers struggled to push through new fiscal stimulus before year-end. Sentiment was also dampened by the release of weaker-than-expected jobless claims data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed lower by 70 points, or 0.2%. The S&P 500 dipped 0.1%. The Nasdaq Composite outperformed with... Read More

December 9, 2020

The major averages pulled back on Wednesday, retreating from the record highs set earlier in the day, as tech shares struggled while traders weighed the prospects of new fiscal stimulus. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 105 points lower, or 0.35%, at 30,068. The S&P 500 fell 0.8% to... Read More

December 8, 2020

The major averages rose with the S&P 500 closing at fresh all-time highs on Tuesday as Pfizer started to roll out its coronavirus vaccine in the U.K. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 104 points or 0.35%. The S&P 500 advanced 0.4%, and the Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.5%. All three... Read More

December 7, 2020

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 pulled back today following a record-setting session as traders worried about rising coronavirus cases and searched for clues on additional fiscal aid. The Dow finished down 148 points or 0.49%. The S&P 500 dipped 0.2% while the Nasdaq Composite rose 55 points... Read More

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