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15720 Brixham Hill Avenue
Suite 202
Charlotte, NC 28277

800-444-1337

Samuel Hershberger
First Vice President
Complex Manager
877/467-0007
SHershberger@hilliard.com

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Daily Market Comment

Daily Market Recap -


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



The three main US benchmarks ended at fresh record highs on Monday, as investors responded positively to the end of the federal government shutdown. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 142.88 points, closing at 26214.60, the S&P 500 added 22.67 points at 2832.97, and the NASDAQ Composite gained 71.65 points at 7408.03. The biotech industry helped fuel the NASDAQ higher, with iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF up 3 percent on news that Celgene Corp. will be acquiring Juno Therapeutics and Sanofi SA will buy Bioverativ Inc.

Dow Transports rose 52.18 points to 11357.59, the Dow Jones Utility Index was up 2.09 points at 684.86, and the Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1603.97, higher by 6.35 points. 855 million and 529 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE 9 to 5 and on the NASDAQ 17 to 13.

The possibility of an extension on production cuts boosted oil higher, with February WTI crude up 0.2 percent at $63.49 per barrel. For the day the ICE US Dollar Index shed 0.1 percent at 90.44. Gold for February delivery inched down 0.1 percent, settling at $1331.90 per. Recent US Treasury yields: 2.06 percent for the 2-year note, 2.45 percent for the 5-year note, 2.66 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.92 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --

Investors shook off concerns about a potential government shutdown to put the US markets in the green on Friday. The S&P 500, up 12.27 points at 2810.30, and NASDAQ Composite, up 40.33 points at 7336.38, closed at record highs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 53.91 points, closing at 26071.12. For the week, the Dow 30 and NASDAQ Comp each gained 1 percent; the S&P 500 rose 0.9 percent.

Dow Transports climbed 42.55 points on Friday to 11305.41, while the Dow Jones Utility Index lost 1.13 points at 682.77. The Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1597.93, up 20.90 points. 1 billion and 544 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE roughly 2 to 1 and on the NASDAQ nearly 11 to 4.

Concerns about an increase in US oil production led oil prices lower, with February WTI crude down 0.9 percent at $63.37 per barrel. For the week the contract was down around 1.5 percent. For the day the ICE US Dollar Index ticked up 0.1 percent, but lost 0.4 percent for the week. Gold for February delivery rose 0.4 percent, settling at $1333.10 per ounce for the day; for the week the gold was down around 0.1 percent. US Treasury yields increased. Recent yields: 2.06 percent for the 2-year note, 2.45 percent for the 5-year note, 2.66 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.93 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --

Investor concerns regarding a potential shutdown of the US government sent US markets lower on Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 97.84 points to 26017.81, the S&P 500 lost 4.53 points at 2798.03, and the NASDAQ Composite was off 2.23 points at 7296.05. Shares of Boeing, down 3.1 percent, led the Dow 30 on the downside.

Dow Transports rose 4.39 points to 11262.86, while the Dow Jones Utility Index shed 3.77 points at 683.90. The Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1576.73, down 9.93 points. 866 million and 497 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Decliners outpaced advancers on the NYSE 3 to 1 and on the NASDAQ nearly 2 to 1.

February WTI crude lost a scant $0.02, settling at $63.95 per barrel. The US dollar strengthened versus major rivals, helping to send gold for February delivery down 0.9 percent to settle at $1327.20 per ounce. US Treasury yields mostly increased. Recent yields: 2.04 percent for the 2-year note, 2.41 percent for the 5-year note, 2.62 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.89 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --

The three main US benchmarks closed at record highs on Wednesday, boosted by investor enthusiasm after the Fed's Beige Book read indicated an optimistic forecast for the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 322.79 points to 26115.65 (its first close above the 26,000 milestone), the S&P 500 added 26.14 points at 2802.56, and the NASDAQ Composite gained 74.59 points at 7298.28. The Dow 30 was helped higher by shares of component Boeing Co. rising 4.7 percent for the session.

Dow Transports rose 31.16 points to 11258.47, the Dow Jones Utility Index was up 4.48 points at 687.67, and the Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1586.66, up 13.69 points. 911 million and 550 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE 9 to 5 and on the NASDAQ nearly 2 to 1.

February WTI crude climbed 0.4 percent, settling at $63.97 per barrel. The US dollar declined slightly versus major rivals. Gold for February delivery rose around 0.2 percent, settling at $1339.20 per ounce. US Treasury yields increased. Recent yields: 2.04 percent for the 2-year note, 2.39 percent for the 5-year note, 2.57 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.84 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --

The three main US benchmarks hit record highs in intraday trading, but all three also closed Tuesday's session in the red as investor enthusiasm seemed tempered by political and earnings season concerns. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 10.33 points at 25792.86, the S&P 500 shed 9.82 points at 2776.42, and the NASDAQ Composite was down 37.38 points at 7223.69. Merck and UnitedHealth led the Dow 30 on the upside, rising 5.8 and 2 percent, respectively, while shares of General Electric were off 3 percent, leading on the downside. For December the New York Fed's Empire State Manufacturing Index came in at 17.7, below economists' expectations for a rise from November's read of 18.

Dow Transports skidded 146.07 points at 11227.31, while the Dow Jones Utility Index was off less than a point at 683.19. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1572.97, lower by 19 points. 1.1 billion and 618 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Decliners outnumbered advancers on both the NYSE and NASDAQ 2 to 1.

February WTI crude's climb took a breather, with the contract off 0.9 percent at $63.73 per barrel. The US dollar declined versus major rivals, helping gold for February delivery inch 0.2 percent higher, settling at $1337.10 per ounce. Recent US Treasury yields: 2.01 percent for the 2-year note, 2.35 percent for the 5-year note, 2.54 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.83 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --
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