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800-301-0247

Jeff Main, AAMS®
Senior Vice President
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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.



U.S. major stock indices finished little changed Friday, as the last full week of the month concluded, setting up what looks to be the worst month for the S&P 500 since May of 2012. As markets closed, crude oil was up sharply on the day, beating out gains in both natural gas and gold. On Monday, we look for the Chicago PMI to be released.

During today's trading, the Dow slipped 11 points, ending the session at 16643 as Travelers and Wal Mart led the decline. The NASDAQ gained 15 points to end at 4828, the S&P 500 added a point to end at 1988, the Dow Utility Index lost a point to finish at 572, while the Dow Transports gained 41 points, finishing the session at 7908. The Russell 2000 expanded 9 points and closed at 1162.

On the New York Stock Exchange 1029 million shares exchanged hands, while 539 million shares exchanged hands on the NASDAQ. There were about 2 advancers for every decliner on the both the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. Bond markets were mostly lower. Recent yields were 0.05 percent for the 3-month bill, 1.52 percent for the 5-year note, 2.19 percent for the 10-year note and 2.91 percent for the 30-year bond.

Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Jeremy Roane at: 1-800-444-1854 x8688 or (502) 588-8688. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738.

Equity markets rallied for the second straight session with the Dow climbing more than 350 points. Oil prices bounced higher with Sweet crude for November delivery jumping $4.06 to $42.66 per ounce. In economic news, weekly jobless claims fell and second quarter gross domestic product was revised upward to 3.7 percent and was also above estimates which called for 3.3 percent growth. Many international equity markets, including China, also rebounded today.

The Dow surged 369 points to 16,654. The NASDAQ rallied 115 points to 4812. The S&P 500 ascended 47 points to 1987. The small caps of the Russell 2000 jumped 21 points to 1153. The Dow Transports improved 184 points to 7866. The Dow Utility Index gained 7 points to 573.

Trading remained above average on the New York Stock exchange with more than 1.2 billion shares trading hands. On the NASDAQ, 634 million shares were exchanged. There were 8 stocks higher for every 1 lower on the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. Treasury securities were little changed.

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 reversed course with the Dow surging more than 600 points. Gains accelerated late in the session, breaking the recent trend of stocks selling off heading into the closing bell. Today's gains in the major indices were the largest in 4 years but comes on the heels of six days of volatility and heavy losses. The New York Federal Reserve President made some dovish comments noting downside risks to the economy in light of slowing economic activity in China and lower commodity prices. Still, domestic economic indicators continue to be mostly upbeat. July's durable goods orders rose 2 percent versus expectations for a decline of 0.6 percent.

The Dow recovered 619 points to 16,285. The NASDAQ rallied 191 points to 4697. The S&P 500 recouped 72 points to 1940. The small caps of the Russell 2000 surged 28 points to 1132. The Dow Transports expanded 215 points to 7682. The Dow Utility Index ascended 9 points to 566.

Trading remained above average on the New York Stock exchange with more than 1.3 billion shares trading hands. On the NASDAQ, a more typical level of 684 million shares were exchanged. Advancers ousted decliners by a 4 to 1 margin while there were about 3 winners for every 1 loser on the NASDAQ. U.S. Treasury securities moved lower among mid and long-dated issues as investors rotated back into equities.

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.

Another volatile session concludes with the major indices again selling off heading into the closing bell. A 661 point price swing pushed the Dow up as much as 441 before it slid into negative terrain in the final hour of trading to close down 204 points. Earlier in the session investors were encouraged by upbeat domestic economic data on housing and consumer confidence. Likewise, a German export index improved. However, China's key stock index, the Shanghai Composite Index, slid another 7.6 percent. Furthermore, the Chinese Central Bank lowered interest rates and lowered its reserve requirement ratio by 50 basis points.

The Dow surrendered another 204 points to 15,666. The NASDAQ retreated 19 points further to 4506. The S&P 500 dropped another 25 points to 1867. The small caps of the Russell 2000 lost 7 points to 1104. The Dow Transports contracted 128 points to 7466. The Dow Utility Index unwound 16 points to 557.

Trading volume was lighter than yesterday but was still strong relative to typical summer trading levels. More than 1.2 billion shares traded on the New York stock exchange while 703 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. Decliners outnumbered advancers by a 4 to 3 margin on the New York Stock Exchange while losers held a small advantage over winners on the NASDAQ. U.S. Treasury securities moved lower among mid and long-dated issues. The 10-year note closed at 2.11 percent.

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 plunged Monday morning with the Dow Industrials down more 1,000 points shortly after markets opened. By mid-day equities had erased the vast majority of losses but another late-day sell-off sent major US indices down to close more than 3.5 percent lower on the session. Today's declines were broad-based with all 10 major S&P 500 sectors in negative terrain on heavy volume. A sell-off in International markets, particularly China whose primary stock index sank another 8.5 percent, again spilled over to domestic markets. Concerns about slowing macroeconomic conditions in China have caused investors to worry about stocks with exposure to the World's second largest economy. Commodities and energy sector stocks again paced losses.

The Dow retreated 588 points to 15,871. The NASDAQ retrenched 179 points to 4526. The S&P 500 sank another 77 points to 1893. The small caps of the Russell 2000 dropped 45 points to 1111. The Dow Transports contracted 276 points further to 7595. The Dow Utility Index relinquished 24 points to 573.

Trading volume was much stronger than is typical for a summer Monday. There were more than 1.6 billion shares traded on the New York stock exchange while more than a billion shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. There were an astounding 23 stocks lower for every 1 higher on the New York Stock Exchange while than NASDAQ fared relatively better with 10 stocks losing ground for every 1 stock heading higher. U.S. Treasury securities again benefited from the extreme volatility in equity markets as the investment class continued to edge higher. The 10-year note closed at 2.02 percent.

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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