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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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Daily Market Comment

Daily Market Recap -


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



US stocks ended mostly higher on Wednesday. The Dow 30 closed at its fourth record high in a row. As expected, the Federal Reserve did raise interest rates by 25 basis points; the Fed still anticipates three interest rate hikes next year. Additionally, the Fed increased its 2018 growth target for US gross domestic product from 2.1 percent to 2.5 percent. The US dollar weakened versus major rivals after the Fed announcements.

The DJIA gained 80.63 points at 24585.43 and the NASDAQ Comp rose 13.48 points at 6875.80, while the S&P 500 lost 1.26 points at 2662.85. Dow Transports added 31.07 points at 10398.98, the Dow Jones Utility Index was higher by 2.19 points at 750.50, and Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1524.45, up 8.33 points. 875 million and 522 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE 4 to 3 and 3 to 2 on the NASDAQ.

Gold for February delivery was stronger after the Fed's news; the contract settled up 0.6 percent at $1248.60 per ounce. January WTI crude gave up 1 percent, settling at $56.60 per barrel, as traders considered the monthly data from OPEC (output of crude was shown to be at a six-month low) and weekly data about US crude supplies (down, though concerns remain regarding increasing production). US treasury yields decreased. Recent yields: 1.78 percent for the 2-year note, 2.11 percent for the 5-year note, 2.35 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.73 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. --

US stocks were mixed on Tuesday, though yet again the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 closed at record highs. Gains were led by the telecom and financial sectors, with tech, utilities, and energy trending in the red. The Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee began its two-day meeting; investors and analysts anticipate the third interest rate hike of the year will be announced at tomorrow's meeting.

The DJIA jumped 118.77 points at 24504.80 and the S&P 500 rose 4.12 points at 2664.11, while the NASDAQ Comp lost 12.76 points at 6862.32. Dow Transports edged down 2.92 points at 10367.91, the Dow Jones Utility Index lost 14.28 points at 748.31, and Russell 2000 small caps ended the session 3.72 points lower at 1516.12. 855 million and 482 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Decliners outpaced advancers on the NYSE 15 to 13 and 16 to 13 on the NASDAQ.

Stronger producer-price index data helped power the US dollar higher versus major rivals. Gold futures weakened, with gold for February delivery settling off 0.4 percent at $1241.70 per ounce. January WTI crude gave up 1.5 percent, settling at $57.14 per barrel. Recent US treasury yields: 1.83 percent for the 2-year note, 2.17 percent for the 5-year note, 2.40 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.77 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. --

US stocks kicked off the week mostly in the green, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 once again closing at record highs. The NASDAQ Comp ended shy of its record high close by less than one percentage point. Investors are looking forward to Wednesday's Federal Reserve decision regarding interest rates. Futures for virtual currency bitcoin began trading late yesterday.

The DJIA gained 56.87 points at 24386.02, the S&P 500 added 8.49 points at 2659.99, and the NASDAQ Comp rose 35 points to 6875.08. Dow Transports shed 31.68 points at 10370.83, the Dow Jones Utility Index were up 4.90 points at 762.59, and Russell 2000 small caps ended the session 1.89 points lower at 1519.84. 782 million and 471 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NADAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE 15 to 13, and decliners outpaced advancers on the NASDAQ 17 to 14.

The US dollar mostly weaker versus major rivals. Gold for February delivery settled down 0.1 percent at $1246.90 per ounce. January WTI crude settled up 1.1 percent at $57.99 per barrel. Recent US treasury yields: 1.82 percent for the 2-year note, 2.16 percent for the 5-year note, 2.39 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.78 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. --

US stocks finished the week on a strong note, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 ending at new record highs. Investors reacted positively to 228,000 new jobs created in November (per the Labor Dept.), which bested economist expectations for the monthly read. Wages were up by 0.2 percent and the unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent. Additionally, investors seemed bolstered by a short-term funding bill approved by both houses of Congress last evening, which thereby curtailed this weekend's potential government shutdown.

The DJIA rallied 117.68 points at 24329.16, the S&P 500 gained 14.52 points at 2651.50, and the NASDAQ Comp added 27.24 points to 6840.08. Dow Transports jumped 41.12 points to 10402.51, the Dow Jones Utility Index rose 2.51 points at 757.69, and Russell 2000 small caps ended the session 14.52 points higher at 1521.72. 740 million and 459 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NADAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on both the NYSE and NASDAQ roughly 17 to 12.

The US dollar was volatile post-payroll data, with the ICE Dollar Index edging up 1 percent at 93.89. Gold for February delivery settled down 0.4 percent at $1248.40 per ounce. Oil prices rose, with January WTI crude settling up 1.2 percent at $57.36 per barrel. Recent US treasury yields: 1.79 percent for the 2-year note, 2.14 percent for the 5-year note, 2.38 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.77 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. --

US stocks finished in the green on Thursday, a day ahead of the monthly jobs report and as investors considered tax reform. Sectors leading on the upside included industrials and materials, as well as tech, with the latter helped by shares of Google, up 1.2 percent, and Facebook, up 2.3 percent. For the week of November 26th there were 236,000 initial jobless claims in the US, slightly fewer than economists had expected.

The DJIA gained 70.57 points at 24211.48, the S&P 500 added 7.71 points at 2636.98, and the NASDAQ Comp rose 36.47 points to 6812.84. Dow Transports soared 133.58 points to 10361.39, the Dow Jones Utility Index gained 2.05 points at 755.18, and Russell 2000 small caps ended the session 11.59 points higher at 1520.47. 824 million and 505 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NADAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on both the NYSE and NASDAQ roughly 9 to 5.

The US dollar weakened versus major rivals. Gold for February delivery settled down 1 percent at $1253.10 per ounce. Oil prices rose, with January WTI crude settling up 1.3 percent at $56.69 per barrel. Recent US treasury yields: 1.80 percent for the 2-year note, 2.13 percent for the 5-year note, 2.36 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.76 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. --

US stocks were mixed on Wednesday. Energy sector shares led on the downside in response to declining crude oil prices. Technology shares, up 0.8 percent, led the way into the green. The DJIA lost 39.73 points at 24140.91, the S&P 500 was off less than a point at 2629.27, and the NASDAQ Comp added 14.16 points at 6776.38.

Dow Transports slid 1.22 points to 10227.81, the Dow Jones Utility Index gained 2.51 points at 753.13, and Russell 2000 small caps ended the session 7.88 points lower at 1508.88. 801 million and 488 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NADAQ, respectively. Decliners outpaced advancers on the NYSE 4 to 3 and on the NASDAQ nearly 2 to 1.

The US dollar edged up versus major rivals, in particular the Canadian dollar; the ICE Dollar Index added another 0.2 percent to 93.57. Gold for February delivery settled up less than 0.2 percent at $1266.10 per ounce. Oil prices trended lower, with January WTI crude settling down 2.9 percent at $55.96 per barrel. Recent US treasury yields: 1.81 percent for the 2-year note, 2.13 percent for the 5-year note, 2.34 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.73 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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