Dow Jones Industrial Average Today Rallies After M&A Spree

The Dow Jones Industrial Average pushed higher after another round of mergers and acquisitions and a strong day of earnings reports. Roughly one-third of S&P 500 components will report quarterly earnings this week, and investors are increasingly optimistic that we may emerge from an earnings recession that has battered corporate America.

Let's look at the final numbers on Monday for the DowS&P 500, and Nasdaq:

Dow Jones: 18,223.03; 77.32; 0.43%

S&P 500: 2,151.33; 10.17; 0.47%

Nasdaq: 5,309.83; 52.43; 1.00%

Now, here's a look at today's most important market events and stocks, plus a preview of Tuesday's economic calendar.

DJIA Today: Markets Rally After Latest Round of Mergers and Acquisitions

The Dow Jones gained 77 points during a busy day of deal news and earnings reports.

The price of crude oil today fell on Monday after Iraqi energy ministers demanded an exemption from OPEC's planned production cut. The nation's leaders complained that its war-ravaged economy is being unfairly punished. Iraqi oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi also said that the country needs additional revenue from oil production to pay the costs of fighting ISIS militants.

The WTI crude oil price today fell 0.6%, while the Brent crude oil price dipped 0.5%. 

The spot gold price today slipped despite news that the U.S. dollar fell from a nine-month high. Gold prices dipped 0.2% on the day. It's been a wild ride for gold prices over the last few months. After a 29% price surge over the first seven months of 2016, gold prices have retreated due to increased expectations for another interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve in December.

But the big story today was the mega-deal between AT&T Corp. (NYSE: T) and Time Warner (NYSE: TWX). Over the weekend, the two companies announced that they had agreed in principle to an $85.4 billion deal. However, shares of Time Warner stock were trading 20% below the implied value of AT&T's proposed offer. That's because investors aren't convinced that the deal will be approved by U.S. regulators. The deal is yet another sign that companies around the country are stuck in neutral and unable to grow organically. The cable industry has been dominated by a wealth of mergers and stock buybacks in recent years. This deal is also another sign that the U.S. political system is rigged in favor of big business. 

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Chee Hin Teh 5 years ago Member's comment

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