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Stock Market News for November 16, 2016

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U.S benchmarks finished in the green once again with the Dow hitting an all time high for the fourth straight session on the back of strong rebound in energy and technology stocks. Energy sector gained following jump in oil prices, which was primarily led by increasing possibility of a production cut. Meanwhile, newly created opportunity to grab on quality tech stocks, which took a hit following Trump’s victory, at lower prices helped the sector to regain investor attention.

For a look at the issues currently facing the markets, make sure to read today’s Ahead of Wall Street article.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) increased 0.3%, to close at 18,923.06. The S&P 500 rose nearly 0.8% to close at 2,180.39. The tech-laden Nasdaq Composite Index closed at 5,275.62, gaining 1.1%. Meanwhile, the fear-gauge CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) declined nearly 5.6% to settle at 13.37. A total of around 8.4 billion shares were traded on Tuesday, higher than the last 20-session average of 7.8 billion shares. Advancers outpaced declining stocks on the NYSE. For 71% stocks that advanced, 27% declined.

Rebound in Tech & Energy Stocks

Renewed investor focus on investing in tech sector offset concerns that Trump’s policy may have a negative impact on behemoths from the sector. The Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) gained 1.4% and was one of the biggest gainers among the broader S&P 500 sectors. Apple Inc. (AAPL - Free Report) along with the FANG stocks, which comprises of Facebook, Inc. (FB - Free Report) ,, Inc. (AMZN - Free Report) , Netflix, Inc. (NFLX - Free Report) and Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL - Free Report) , significant increase yesterday and helped the Nasdaq to outperform the Dow and S&P 500. Shares of Apple, Facebook,, Netflix and Alphabet rose 1.3%, 1.8%, 3.4%, 0.2% and 2.9%, respectively.

Moreover, speculations resurfaced that Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members may come up with a fruitful solution in their upcoming meeting, which is scheduled to be held on Nov 30. This had a positive impact on oil prices, which eventually boosted energy sector. The prices of WTI and Brent crude jumped 5.4% to their respective two-week high levels of $45.81 a barrel and $46.95 per barrel.

Also, the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) rose 2.8% and emerged as the best performer among the broader S&P 500 sectors. Shares of the two Dow components from the domain – Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM - Free Report) and Chevron Corporation (CVX - Free Report) – rose 1.8% and 2.2%, respectively. Both of the these stocks hold a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Encouraging Domestic Economic Data

The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that retail sales jumped 0.8% in October following a revised 1% increase in previous month, also higher than the consensus estimate of 0.6% rise. It was the best two-month gains registered in more than two years. Retail sales also surged 4.3% last month from the year-ago period.

Separately, the reading of New York Empire State Index, which is considered to be a potential indicator of the condition of the manufacturing sector in New York, came in at 1.5 this month, in contrast to a negative reading of 6.8 registered in October. Moreover, import price index rose 0.5% last month, compare to the consensus estimate of 0.4% increase and September’s gain of 0.2%.

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Viacom Inks Deal with Telefonica to Buy Television Federal

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