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Stephanie Stephens McKnight, CWA®
Vice President
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1000 Ashland Drive, Suite 305
Ashland, KY 41101

606/324-6133

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When it comes to creating and preserving wealth, as well as boosting income, today's investors aren't just looking for investment vehicles and services; they're looking for a personal understanding of their financial needs and goals.

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You have financial goals you want to achieve. Creating an executable plan is the first step to achieving these goals. By clearly understanding your goals and working closely with you, I can create a financial plan to help you pursue your goals.

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You have taken many important steps to create your investment portfolio. World events, economic issues and personal challenges can affect the status of your portfolio. My goal is to help protect your assets through periodic portfolio analysis. Portfolio management is an important step in preserving your wealth.

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What does a comfortable retirement mean to you? Traveling to far-flung destinations? Buying a vacation home? Building a comfortable nest egg is the key to an enjoyable retirement. I can guide you toward your retirement financial goals through prudent planning and disciplined investing.

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Interested in leaving a legacy for your heirs? Through our affiliate, the Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, LLC, we can provide trust and estate planning services to protect your assets and minimize costs to your beneficiaries. Ask us how to take advantage of these services to improve your planning needs.

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Daily Market Comment

Daily Market Recap -


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



On the 30th anniversary of the 1987 stock market crash known as Black Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at another record high, up 5.44 points at 23163.04. US markets were otherwise mixed on Thursday. The Dow 30 was dampened by component Apple, shares of which were down 2.4 percent as investors considered media stories regarding problems the company's newest Apple Watch appeared to be having in China. Philip Morris's third quarter results fell short of analyst expectations, and shares were off 3.8 percent. United Continental Holdings declined 12 percent, though the company earned more than anticipated in Q3.

The S&P 500 added less than a point at 2562.10, and the NASDAQ Comp slid 19.15 points at 6605.07. Dow Transports shed 13.16 points at 9886.51, the Dow Jones Utility Index gained 8.24 points at 747.86, and the Russell 2000 small caps ended the session 3.10 points lowers at 1502.04. 706 million and 456 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NADAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE 14 to 13 and by an extremely narrow margin on the NASDAQ.

The US dollar was a little weaker on Thursday, which let Gold for December delivery rise 0.6 percent, settling at $1290 per ounce. Oil prices retreated slightly, with November WTI crude settled at $51.29 per barrel, off 1.4 percent. Recent US treasury yields: 1.5 percent for the 2-year note, 2 percent for the 5-year note, 2.3 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.8 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. --

Shares of Dow Jones Industrial Average component IBM roared up nearly 9 percent on Wednesday, helping the index rally 160.16 points at 23157.60 -- the Dow 30's first close above the 23,000 milepost. For the third quarter IBM earned $2.92 per share or $2.73 billion, besting analyst expectations. The financial sector also helped drive stock prices higher, with shares of Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley up 2.5, 1.3, and 2.1 percent, respectively, for the day.

The S&P 500 rose 1.90 points to 2561.26, and the NASDAQ Comp added less than a point at 6624.22. Dow Transports jumped 75.53 points at 9899.67, the Dow Jones Utility Index shed nearly a point at 739.62, and the Russell 2000 small caps ended the session 7.65 points higher at 1505.14. 679 million and 409 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NADAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE 14 to 13 and 16 to 13 on the NASDAQ.

The US dollar was mostly flat on Wednesday. Gold for December delivery settled at $1283 per ounce, up 0.3 percent. Geopolitical worries and a fourth consecutive week of lower domestic supplies helped November WTI crude settle at $52.04 per barrel, up 0.3 percent. Recent US treasury yields: 1.6 percent for the 2-year note, 2 percent for the 5-year note, 2.3 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.9 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 major indices were mixed today with the Dow and S&P 500 moving slightly higher while the NASDAQ closed down on the day. In economic news, U.S. industrial production rose 0.3% in September after two consecutive months of declines. Import prices increased 0.7% in September primarily on higher fuel prices and industrial supply costs. Home builder sentiment rose to a five-month high in October after pausing during the summer months. Sweet crude for December delivery closed flat at $52.14 per barrel.

The Dow Jones Industrials rose 40 points to close at 22,997. The S&P 500 was up 2 points at 2,559. The NASDAQ was flat at 6,624 as the small caps of the Russell 2000 were down 5 points at 1,497. Dow Transports were down 33 points at 9,824, while the Dow Utility Index advanced 6 points to 741.

Trading volume totaled 691 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 394 million were exchanged on the NASDAQ. There were 4 stocks lower for every 3 higher on the New York Stock Exchange and slightly less than 2 stocks declining for every 1 advancing on the NASDAQ.

Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Tyler Agee at: 1-800-444-1854 x8686 or (502) 588-8686. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738.
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