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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.



Major stock indices were sharply higher Monday following several acquisitions and mergers announced during the session, including one by United Health Group, who agreed to purchase pharmacy-benefit manager Catamaran Corp in a cash deal valued at $12.8 billion. As markets closed, crude oil was trading lower on the day, while natural gas was flat. Gold was also trading lower as the session ended.

The Dow gained 263 points, ending the session at 17976 as Apple Inc. and Boeing Co. led the advance. The NASDAQ added 56 points to end the session at 4947, the S&P 500 took on 25 points to close at 2086, the Dow Utility Index added 7 points to finish at 588, and the Dow Transports took on 87 points, closing the day at 8788. Small caps of the Russell 2000 grew 17 points and closed at 1257.

On the New York Stock Exchange 675 million shares exchanged hands while 439 million shares exchanged hands on the NASDAQ. There were about 11 advancers for every 4 decliners on the New York Stock Exchange while there were more than 2 advancers for every decliner on the NASDAQ. Bond markets were mixed. Recent yields were 0.02 percent for the 3-month bill, 1.42 percent for the 5-year note, 1.96 percent for the 10-year note and 2.56 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.

The major indices ended higher for the session but posted losses for the week. Oil prices reversed course after rising following geopolitical concerns in the Middle East. Sweet crude for May delivery fell $3 to $48.43 per barrel. In economic news, fourth quarter gross domestic rose by a lower than expected 2.2 percent. March consumer sentiment rose to a slightly higher than expected 93.

The Dow advanced 34 points to 17,712. The NASDAQ gained 27 points to 4891. The S&P 500 added 4 points to 2061. The small caps of the Russell 2000 recovered 8 points to 1240. The Dow Transports recouped 22 points to 8700. The Dow Utility Index gained nearly 4 points to 580.

Volume totaled 741 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 449 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. There were 3 advancer for every 2 decliners on the New York Stock Exchange. On the NASDAQ, winners exceeded losers by a 15 to 11 margin. US Treasury securities moved higher among mid and long-dated issues. Have a good weekend!

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 continued their losing streak but today's losses were minimal. Oil prices continued to climb as Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against military targets in Yemen. Sweet crude for May delivery climbed $2.08 to $51.29 per barrel. In other news, Sandisk fell $14.98 to $66.20 after cutting its first quarter revenue target.

The Dow unwound 14 points to 17,678. The NASDAQ fell 13 points to 4863. The S&P 500 lost nearly 5 points to 2056. The small caps of the Russell 2000 shed almost 2 points to 1231. The Dow Transports erased 49 points to 8677. The Dow Utility Index lost 5 points to 576.

Volume totaled 828 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 522 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. There were 3 decliners for every 2 advancers on the New York Stock Exchange. On the NASDAQ, there were 7 stocks lower for every 6 higher. 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 maintained a downward trajectory despite a mega merger in the consumer staples sector. Kraft and Heinz inked a deal which will create the 3rd largest food and beverage company in the United States. Kraft shares surged 35 percent on the news. The energy sector also escaped the market downdraft mostly unscathed today as oil prices recovered $1.44 per barrel to $48.95.

The Dow sank 292 points to 17,718. The NASDAQ dropped 118 points to 4876. The S&P 500 unwound 30 points to 2061. The small caps of the Russell 2000 retreated 29 points to 1233. The Dow Transports plunged 180 points to 8727. The Dow Utility Index shed 6 points to 581.

Volume totaled 790 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 547 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. There were nearly 3 times as many losers versus winners on the New York Stock Exchange. On the NASDAQ, decliners eclipsed advancers by a margin on 4.5 to 1. 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 in a broad-based sell-off. Strengthening economic data caused investors to again worry about interest rate hikes. February's consumer confidence rose 0.2 percent. Home prices climbed 5.1 percent year-over-year in January. February's new home sales unexpected rose to 539,000. A March purchasing managers' index rose to 55.3.

The Dow lost another 104 to 18,011. The NASDAQ surrendered 16 points to 4994. The S&P 500 declined 12 points to 2091. The small caps of the Russell 2000 dipped another 1.25 to 1263. The Dow Transports erased 60 points further to 8908. The Dow Utility Index lost 7 points to 588.

Volume totaled 749 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 403 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. There were 4 stocks lower for every 3 higher on the New York Stock Exchange. On the NASDAQ, winners and losers were evenly matched. 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.

The major indices took a breather, following last week's Fed inspired gains. Energy shares were mostly higher as sweet crude for May delivery added another 78 cents to $47.35 per barrel. In economic news, existing home sales rose to a lower than expected 4.88 million level in February.

The Dow shed 11 points to 18,116. The NASDAQ dipped 15 points to 5010. The small caps of the Russell 2000 shed 1.66 to 1264 after touching a new high during the session. The Dow Transports unwound 179 to 8968. The Dow Utility Index inched fractionally higher to 595.

Volume totaled 733 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 413 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. There were 4 stocks higher for every 3 lower on the New York Stock Exchange. On the NASDAQ, winners were ahead of losers by a 7 to 6 margin. US 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.
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