US Market Finishes Mixed, SP 500 Notches Another Record High, NAS and DJIA Off

Posted by: : Paul EbelingPosted on: July 19, 2013 US Market Finishes Mixed, SP 500 Notches Another Record High, NAS and DJIA Off


Friday’s session featured disappointing earnings from technology heavyweights,  Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) 896.60, -14.08) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) 31.40, -4.04,  but that could have gone unnoticed if someone were to only focus on the  performance of the S&P 500, which ended with a gain of 0.2%, notching a  new record high.

The NAS finished lower by 0.7% ,  earnings and revenue misses from it 2 major components weighed.

The market saw outperformance in, energy, health  care, and industrial sectors. The 3 groups added between 1.2% and 1.4% with  health care the leader.

The health care sector spent the entire  session in a steady rise as bio-technology provided significant support. The  iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NYSEArca:IBB) 195.00, +3.06)advanced 1.6% after  marking a new all-time high.

In the industrial sector was  underpinned by Dow component General Electric (NYSE:GE) 24.72, +1.09, rose 4.6% after its earnings beat overshadowed a 3.5% Y-Y  decline in revenue.

DJIA member, Boeing (NYSE:BA) 106.96, -0.67, kept  industrials from more gainers after 2 more Dreamliners were forced to return to their home ports following in-flight technical  issues.

Another commodity-related sector, materials, rose 0.5% as chemical producers and  gold miners displayed strength. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca:GDX)  25.86, +1.08 rose 4.4%. Gold futures displayed strength as well, climbing  0.8% to $1294.30 per troy ounce.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX)  12.54, -1.23 spent the entire session in a steady decline, dropping to its  lowest level since 17 May. After notching its Y 2013 high of 21.91% on24  June,  the near-term volatility measure has logged 3 consecutive weekly losses as  the S&P 500 climbed to fresh all-time highs.

NYSE trading volume was 872-M/shares, light when  taking today’s options expiration into account.

Monday, June existing  home sales will be reported at 10:00a EDT.





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Paul Ebeling

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Paul Ebeling is best known for his work as writer and publisher of “The Red Roadmaster’s Technical Report” on the US Major Market Indices™, a highly-regarded, weekly financial market letter, where he enjoys an international audience among opinion makers, business leaders, and respected organizations. Something of a pioneer in online stock market and commodities discussion and analysis, Ebeling has been online since 1994. He has studied and worked in the global financial and stock markets since 1984.

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