Monday, November 11, 2013

Stocks Little Changed on Veteran's Day

With bond markets closed and many traders enjoying a three-day weekend by virtue of the Veteran's Day holiday, there was little to get excited about in equity markets or elsewhere.

The day's smallish gains were led by Consumer Cyclicals, Healthcare and Technology, counterbalanced by downside moves in Basic Materials and Telecoms, which lagged the market.

Volume was noticeably in short supply as was volatility, reverting back to levels seen this past summer. Despite the lack of interest, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at a new all-time high, with the NASDAQ and S&P sporting smaller gains.

New highs continued to outnumber new lows, though not as substantially as in recent weeks. The advance-decline line was nearly static, with winners beating losers by less than a hundred issues.

Commodities were largely flat-lining, though corn got a bit of a bid off recent 52-week lows.

Unless there's some earth-shaking development on Tuesday, tomorrow could be just as listless, as there are no meaningful economic data releases until Wednesday, and even then, those are hardly impacting.

Dow 15,783.10, +21.32 (0.14%)
Nasdaq 3,919.79, +1.67 (0.04%)
S&P 500 1,771.89, +1.28 (0.07%)
10-Yr Bond 2.75% 0.00
NYSE Volume 2,507,799,000
Nasdaq Volume 1,538,911,625
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 2840-2754
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 238-56
WTI crude oil: 95.14, +0.54
Gold: 1,281.10, -3.50
Silver: 21.28, -0.035
Corn: 434.75, +8.00

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