Dow Jones Industrial Average Jumps 100 Points as Asian Stock Markets Lock In Record Gains

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 103 points in pre-market trading after Chinese markets had their best day in two years. The Shanghai Composite Index rallied more than 4% after the nation’s financial leaders announced plans to offer more support to the nation’s embattled stock market and economy.

The benchmark index is off roughly 25% since earlier this year over ongoing concerns about a trade war with the United States and structural cracks in the economy. The news of potential stimulus efforts offered support to Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) and Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) shares in pre-market hours.

Here are the numbers from Tuesday for the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq:

Index Previous Close Point Change Percentage Change
Dow Jones 25,444.34 64.89   0.26%
S&P 500 2,767.78 -1.00    -0.04%
Nasdaq 7,449.03 -36.11  -0.48%

Now, here’s a closer look at today’s Money Morning insight, the most important market events, and stocks to watch.

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The Top Stock Market Stories for Monday

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  • Oil prices were stable this morning as traders fretted about potential fallout from the death of The Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, who was recently killed in a Turkish consulate. As more nations continue to put pressure on the Saudi crown over Khashoggi’s disappearance, some have speculated we could see a rehash of the 1973 oil embargo that sent oil prices surging around the globe. According to Russian news agency TASS, there is no intention to follow through with such a plan. The Saudi government also reportedly indicated that it does not plan to use oil as a political weapon.

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Stocks to Watch Today: HAL, CMG, HAS

  • Shares of Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL) popped 2% this morning. The oilfield services giant topped Wall Street earnings expectations before the bell Monday. The company reported earnings per share of $0.50, a figure that beat expectations by $0.01. The firm reported earnings per share of $6.17 billion, a figure that also topped expectations. Rising oil prices and increased shale development have helped Halliburton squeak by and top analysts’ expectations.
  • Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) added 1.7% after the firm received an upgrade from the RBC Capital Markets. The Canadian bank hiked its price target from $450 to $510 and showed rising expectations for the firm’s same-store sales.
  • Look for earnings reports today from Hasbro Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD), Superior Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: SPN), Brown & Brown Inc. (NYSE: BRO), Hexcel Corp. (NYSE: HXL), PetMed Express Inc. (NASDAQ: PETS), HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI), and Crane Co. (NYSE: CR).

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