Monday, November 5, 2012

Calm Before the Storm; Markets Flat One Day Prior to Elections

Election Day is tomorrow, and markets mimicked the mood of the country, delivering a nothing session in the wake of the monumental event on the horizon.

Stocks were down hard in the morning, but buyers stepped in to stabilize the situation, eventually boosting stocks in the final half hour to close near the highs of the day.

That's about it, since there were scant earnings announcements of little importance, and everybody laying down - or not - bets on tomorrow's election outcome. All the major indices close positive, though only slightly, and trading volume was sub-standard.

Dow 13,112.44, +19.28 (0.15%)
NASDAQ 2,999.66, +17.53 (0.59%)
S&P 500 1,417.26, +3.06 (0.22%)
NYSE Composite 8,240.26, +5.34 (0.06%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,464,733,000
NYSE Volume 2,898,888,000
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 3016-2454
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 102-79
WTI crude oil: 85.65, +0.79
Gold: 1,683.20, +8.00
Silver: 31.13, +0.271

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