Money News: DOW, S&P Close Down, NASDAQ, Up; World Markets Split

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The Dow Jones and S&P500 closed down on a short holiday week, with the majority of the ten most watched global markets also operating on a abbreviated trading week with the exception of the Nikkei, the markets split evenly.

The DOW opened Monday December 21, 2015 up with a 110 point bounce from Friday’s close to begin the short Holiday week at 17,235.72.

The Monday bounce had little impact on investor confidence and stocks continued to in a rally/decline mode. By Monday afternoon, the DOW experienced the week low at 17,153.00.

Tuesday saw a rally which continued throughout the rest of the week. A slow steady rally/slight decline DOW closed Tuesday out at 17,417.27.

Wednesday opened up with a bounce bringing the DOW to 17, 531.32. Stocks continued to rise on Wednesday closing the day near the week high of 17,602.61.

The DOW opened Thursday, Christmas Eve, closing early at 2:00pm the DOW cloed the holiday week out down with a slight double digit loss.

The DOW closed the trading week down with double digit loss at 17,552.17 (-50.44/-0.29%). The DOW held a day range of 17,543.95-to-17,606.34.

Gainers include The E I du Pont de Nemours & Co (+0.37/+0.56%) with a closing price of $66.40 per share, Walt Disney Co closing up at $105.86 per share for a gain of (+0.30/+0.28%), American Express Co (+0.19/+0.27%) with a closing price of $70.16 per share, and Johnson & Johnson closing up at $103.72 per share for a gain of (+0.23/+0.22%).

Losers for the week include Chevron Corp closing down at $92.05 per share for a loss of (-1.76/-1.88%), Nike Inc closing down at $63.18 with a loss of (-1.18/-1.83%), Exxon Mobil Corporation (-0.86/-1.07%) with a closing price of $79.33 and Caterpillar Inc (-0.51/-0.73%) with a closing price of $69.38.

Active for the week included Nike Inc in medium trading moved 13.89M shares closing down at $63.18 per share with a loss of (-1.83%), Apple Inc, in medium trading moved 12.60M shares, to close down at $108.02 per share with a loss of (-0.54%), General Electric Co in medium trading moved 13.52M shares, closing down at $30.83 per share for a loss of (-0.39%), Microsoft Corp in soft trading moved 9.57M shares closing down at $55.67 per share with a loss of (-0.27%).

The NASDAQ closed up at 5,048.49 for a gain of (+2.56/+0.05%).

The S&P 500 also closed down at 2,060.99 for a loss of (-3.30/-0.16%).

World Markets

The ten most watched world markets, across the board, closed the trading week down. The DOW Jones Industrial and S&P500 closed down NASDAQ closed up.

 The Ten most watched global markets ended the short week split 50/50. The Americas Markets split with Mexico’s IPC closing down and Canada's S&P TSX Composite closing up.

The three top ten watched Central European Markets also split with London’s FTSE and Germany’s DAX closing up and CAC 40 of France closing down.

The highly traded Asian Markets split with the Sensex of India and the highly traded Nikkei 225 closing down and Shanghai and Hong Kong Hang Seng closing up. 18843.49

Nikkei 225

The Japanese Nikkei 225 opened the trading week down at 18,843.49 and could not stop the slide as the market bottomed out, hitting the week low of 18, 662.85 by mid-morning, Monday. The market continued to slowly gain ground and closed the trading week down, with minor double digit losses.

Investors showed little confidence in the Nikkei this week as trading was extremely limited and rallies were scarce. Operating on a full working week by closing bell Tuesday the Nikkei was still above the opening at 18,886.70.

The Nikkei opened Thursday at the week high of 19,053.46 which ushered in a day of declines. The Nikkei was one of the few stock markets operating on Christmas day and as the rest of the world closed investors stayed away and the Nikkei closed the week out down

The Nikkei closed the trading week down at 18, 769.06 with double digit loss of (-20.63/-0.11%). 

Gainers for the week include Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd (+81.00/+14.31%), Screen Holdings Co Ltd (+30.00/+3.52%), Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co Ltd (+53.00/+2.86%), Nippon Express Co ltd (+15.00/+2.73%).

Losers include Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc (-49.00/-6.79%), Kansai Electric Power Co Inc (-80.00/-5.47%), Unitika Ltd (-3.00/-5.26%) and Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co Ltd (-23.00/-4.96%).

Active on the Nikkei include Unitika Ltd in strong trading, moved 115.52M shares for a loss of ¥54.00 for a loss of (-5.26%), Mizuho Financial Group Inc, in 52 straight weeks of strong trading, moving 107.24M shares to close down at ¥238.00 for a loss of (-1.61%), Toshiba Corp in medium trading moved 93.11M shares to close down at ¥216.60 for a loss of (-1.81%), Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd  in light trading moved 63.85M to close up at ¥647.00 for a gain of (+14.31%).

FTSE 100

London Markets, opened the abbreviated week down, posting rallies and declines before settling into a steady rally that brought an early holiday gift to the FTSE 100 investors who rode out the pendulum swings.

Stocks on the FTSE opened Monday at 6,091.01 followed by a rally and decline that closed trading Monday with a 35 point drop at 6,054.12. Stocks opened up Tuesday with a bounce, just shy of the weekly opening at 6,088.07.

Sharp declines on Tuesday saw the week low of 6,034.21 as the FTSE dropped 54 points by 9:30am. The FTSE rode out the day managing to close the day up at 6,083.10. The FTSE opened on December 23, with a bounce at 6,170.90 which positioned the London Markets for a solid close.

The market managed closed the trading week on Christmas Eve at the high of 6,254.64.  

The London Markets closed up at 6,254.64 with double digit gain of (+13.66/+0.22%).

Gainers in the FTSE 100 include Mondi PLC (+24.00/+1.80%), BP PLC (+5.55/+1.54%), Aglo American PLC (+4.70/+1.45%), Old Mutual PLC (+2.60/+1.45%).

Losers include Berkeley Group Holdings (The) PLC (-65.00/-1.77%), Tesco PLC (-2.00/-1.31%), BT Group PLC (-5.85/-1.24%), and Johnson Matthey PLC (-30.00/-1.10%).

Active on the FTSE 100 included Glencore PLC, in light trading, moved 19.62M shares to close down even at €92.40 per share for a loss of (-0.74%), Lloyd Banking Group PLC moving 18.12M shares in light trading, closed down at €73.50 for a loss of (-0.20%), Vodafone Group PLC in limited trading moved 8.07M shares to close up at €216.65 for a gain of (+0.49%), BP PLC, in limited trading moved 7.16M shares to close up at €365.95 per share for a gain of  (+1.54%).

Hang Seng Index 

The Hang Seng Index opened the trading week up at (21,641.13) and immediately bounced and continued to trade up throughout the week as the short week, Christmas Holiday and investor confidence rode high closing the trading week up.

The Hang Seng opened Monday at 21,641.17 and immediately experienced a nice 200 point bounce 21, 821.44 which added investor confidence and the Hang Seng maintained solid gains

Stocks on the Hang Seng opened Tuesday up 156 points on the bounce and continued solid steady gain throughout the day.  By Wednesday, stocks again opened up with a 240 point bounce which posited the Hang Seng to close up.

Operating on a short week, the Hang Seng reached the week high Christmas Eve at 22,197.04. Investors on the Hang Seng had a reason to celebrate as the Hong Kong market closed the week up with a double digit gains.

The Hang Seng closed up at 22,138.13 with a loss of (+97.54/+0.44%).

Gainers on the Hang Seng Index include CNOOC Ltd (Hong Kong) (+0.25/+3.06%), Want Want China Holdings Ltd (+0.15/+2.68%), Sino Land Co Ltd (+0.26/+2.28%), PetroChina Co Ltd (+0.12/+2.28%).

Losers for the week include New World Development Co Ltd (-0.17/-2.19%), China Resources Land Ltd (-0.30/-1.35%), China Merchants Holdings (International) (-0.25/-1.00%), MTR Corp Ltd (-0.35/-0.93%).

Active trading on the Hang Seng Hong Kong Index includes Bank of China Ltd, in heavy trading moved 137.70M shares to close down at HK$3.50 (-0.28%), China Construction Bank Corp, in heavy trading, moved 137.07M shares to close up at HK$5.43 (+0.74%), Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, in medium trading, moved 104.42M shares to close up at HK$4.80 (+0.21%), China Petroleum & Chemcial Corp, in light trading moved 65.16M shares to close up HK$4.95 (+2.27%).

Source: Bing Finance