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389 East Morgan Street
Suite 1
Martinsville, IN 46151

800-301-0247

Jeff Main, AAMS®
Senior Vice President
Branch Manager
Phone: 765/349-0247
JMain@hilliard.com

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Daily Market Comment

Daily Market Recap -


Updated Each Business Day at Approximately 4:30 pm ET.



The major indices added a little ground amid merger and geopolitical headlines. Packaging firm's MeadWestvaco and RockTenn said they would merge. MeadWestvaco stock surged nearly 14 percent and RockTenn jumped more than 6 percent. The Syriza party won elections in Greece yesterday. The party has pledged to end austerity measures imposed on the country following its financial bailout by fellow European Union members. The current bailout terms expire next month.

The Dow Jones Industrials gained 6 points to 17678. The S&P 500 added 5 points to 2057. The NASDAQ rallied 13 points to 4771. The small caps of the Russell 2000 ascended 11 points to 1200. The Dow Transports added 58 points to 9040. The Dow Utility Index inched fractionally higher to 648.

Volume totaled 795 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 482 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. Winners bested losers by a more than a 2 to 1 margin on the New York Stock Exchange. On the NASDAQ, advancers were ahead of winners by nearly a 2 to 1 margin. US Treasury securities moved lower among mid and long-dated issues.

Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Dendra Lambert at: 1-800-444-1854 x1239 or (502) 588-1239. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738.

The major indices fell with the exception of the tech-laden NASDAQ. Investor attention returned to earnings season after macro international news took center stage for much of the week. Yesterday, the European Central bank implemented a new quantitative easing stimulus program and the Bank of Canada unexpectedly lowered its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point. In earnings news today, United Parcel Service issued an earnings warning for the fourth quarter and lowered 2015 guidance. Its stock fell nearly 10 percent on the news. Kimberly Clark reported earnings which fell short of expectations, prompting its stock to fall 6 percent.

The Dow Jones Industrials retreated 141 points to 17,672. The S&P 500 lost 11 points to 2051. The NASDAQ gained 7 points to 4757. The small caps of the Russell 2000 shed a point to 1188. The Dow Transports surrendered 161 points to 8981. The Dow Utility Index gained nearly 2 points to 647.

Volume totaled 784 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 440 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. Losers defeated winners by nearly a 4 to 3 margin on the New York Stock Exchange. On the NASDAQ, losers were ahead of winners by a 7 to 6 margin. US Treasury securities moved higher among mid and long-dated issues.

Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Dendra Lambert at: 1-800-444-1854 x1239 or (502) 588-1239. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738.

Stocks surged as the European Central Bank (ECB) launched new stimulus measures and the Bank of Canada cut its key interest rate by 25 basis points. Some onlookers now believe the Federal Reserve will postpone raising interest rates, which was expected to begin mid-year. The ECB said it will implement Quantitative Easing beginning in March, whereby it plans to purchase $68.4 billion a month in bonds. The program is set to last until September 2016. The Bank of Canada said it would cut its key interest rate to 0.75 percent as it is concerned about falling oil prices. Today, the March contract on sweet crude oil fell another $1.37 to $46.41 per barrel. In US economic news, weekly jobless claims fell to a higher than expected 307,000 level.

The Dow Jones Industrials surged 259 points to 17,813. The S&P 500 climbed 31 points to 2063. The NASDAQ jumped 82 points to 4750. The small caps of the Russell 2000 gained 24 points to 1190. The Dow Transports rallied 254 points to 9143. The Dow Utility Index shed 3 points to 645, after inking a fresh new high earlier in the session.

Volume totaled 889 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 548 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. There were about 4 times as many winners compared to losers on the New York Stock Exchange. On the NASDAQ, there were nearly 3 times as many winners versus losers. US Treasury securities moved lower among mid and long-dated issues.

Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Dendra Lambert at: 1-800-444-1854 x1239 or (502) 588-1239. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738.

The major indices were mostly higher. Oil prices also moved higher, with the March contract on sweet crude rising to $47.37 per barrel. The European Central Bank (ECB) holds its monetary policy setting meeting tomorrow. Most onlookers are expecting the ECB to announce new stimulus measures. In US economic news, housing starts rose to a higher than expected 1.09 million in December.

The Dow Jones Industrials advanced 39 points to 17,554. The S&P 500 headed 9 points higher to 2032. The NASDAQ pushed 12 points higher to 4667. The small caps of the Russell 2000 lost 4 points to 1166. The Dow Transports climbed 40 points to 8888. The Dow Utility Index traded nearly 6 points higher to 649.

Volume totaled 771 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 494 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. Winners were ahead of losers by nearly a 2 to 1 margin on the New York Stock Exchange. On the NASDAQ, decliners defeated advancers by a 3 to 2 margin. US Treasury securities moved lower across the board.

Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Dendra Lambert at: 1-800-444-1854 x1239 or (502) 588-1239. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738.

Volatile session concludes with the major indices little changed. Oil prices again headed South. The technology-laden NASDAQ paced gains as some tech stalwarts are due to report earnings this week. The start of earnings season has also been mixed, increasing investor uneasiness.

The Dow Jones Industrials gained 3 points to 17,515. The S&P 500 edged 3 points higher to 2022. The NASDAQ pushed 20 points higher to 4654. The small caps of the Russell 2000 lost 6 points to 1170. The Dow Transports improved 84 points to 8848. The Dow Utility Index added 2 points to 643.

Volume totaled 860 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 500 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. There were about 3 stocks lower for every 2 higher on both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. US Treasury securities were mostly unchanged among shorter dated issues but higher at the long end of the curve.

Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Dendra Lambert at: 1-800-444-1854 x1239 or (502) 588-1239. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738.
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