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Winston-Salem



110 Oakwood Drive Suite 450
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

800-291-9868

Samuel Hershberger
First Vice President
Complex Manager
877/467-0007
SHershberger@hilliard.com

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When you partner with Hilliard Lyons, you have the comfort of knowing that your Financial Consultant will guide you toward a portfolio appropriate for you. The experience of your Hilliard Lyons Financial Consultant will keep you focused on long-term goals, regardless of which way the market is moving at the moment.

Hilliard Lyons' Financial Consultants do not take a packaged approach to investing. They are committed to finding the most appropriate investments for you. Toward this end, we encourage you to ask questions of our Financial Consultants and to field questions from them. They are trained to raise issues that may not be obvious on the surface. We invite you to call or email us today to find out how we can help you accomplish your financial objectives.

Daily Market Comment

Daily Market Recap -


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



Lower than expected fourth quarter results from retail heavyweight Walmart took a toll on US markets on Tuesday, with shares of the Dow 30 component closing down 10.2 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 254.63 points to 24964.75, the S&P 500 lost 15.96 points at 2716.26, and the NASDAQ Comp shed 5.16 points at 7234.31. Stocks were broadly lower, with tech the only one of S&P's eleven primary sectors to end in the green for the session. Besides Walmart's results, investors considered a stronger US dollar and rising bond yields.

Dow Transports slumped 161.73 points at 10340.60, the Dow Jones Utility Index was off 7.91 points at 673.21, and Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1529.99, down 13.56 points. 853 million and 527 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Decliners outpaced advancers on both the NYSE and NASDAQ 2 to 1.

April WTI crude strengthened another 0.4 percent, settling at $61.79 per barrel. The ICE US Dollar Index gained 0.6 at 89.72, sending gold for April delivery down 1.9 percent to $1331.20 per ounce. The 10-year US Treasury bond's yield was recently at 2.89 percent and the 30-year bond yield was recently at 3.15 percent, both slightly higher versus Friday.

-- 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. --

On Friday, US markets ended the week on a mixed note. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 19.01 points at 25219.38 and the S&P 500 rose 1.02 points at 2732.22. The NASDAQ Comp, however, lost 16.97 points at 7239.46. For the week, the Dow and S&P 500 each advanced 4.3 percent, and the NASDAQ Comp added 5.3 percent. Stocks were shakier in the afternoon as investors considered news of Department of Justice indictments regarding alleged Russian influence over the US presidential election in 2016.

Dow Transports fell 54.02 points at 10502.33, while the Dow Jones Utility Index added 5.40 points at 681.12. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1543.55, rising 6.35 points. 945 million and 558 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE 17 to 12 and on the NASDAQ 17 to 13.

March WTI crude strengthened another 0.6 percent, settling at $61.68 per barrel for the session; for the week the contract was higher by 4.2 percent. The ICE US Dollar Index gave up 1.4 percent for the week, but strengthened 0.7 percent at 89.20 for the day. Gold for April delivery was up a scant 0.1 percent at $1356.30 per ounce today, and 3 percent higher for the week. The 10-year US Treasury bond's yield was recently at 2.87 percent and the 30-year bond yield was recently at 3.13 percent, both slightly lower versus yesterday. The markets will be closed on Monday for the Presidents' Day holiday.

-- 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. --

Investors seemed to shrug off rising inflation concerns on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average reclaiming the 25,000 level and then some. The benchmark closed up 306.88 points at 25200.37. The S&P 500 rose 32.57 points at 2698.63, and the NASDAQ Comp gained 112.81 points at 7143.62. Stocks were powered higher with help from tech heavyweight and Dow 30 component Cisco Systems, shares of which rose 4.7 percent after the company report better than anticipated fiscal second quarter results.

Dow Transports added 74.19 points at 10482.16, while the Dow Jones Utility Index were up 13.47 points at 675.72. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1537.20, rising 15.10 points. 824 million and 550 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE 5 to 2 and on the NASDAQ 2 to 1.

March WTI crude strengthened another 1.2 percent, settling at $61.34 per barrel. The ICE US Dollar Index gave up 0.5 percent at 88.58. Gold for April delivery slipped 0.2 percent at $1355.30 per ounce. The 10-year US Treasury bond's yield was recently at 2.91 percent, unchanged from yesterday, while the 30-year bond yield was recently at 3.16 percent, slightly higher versus yesterday.

-- 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 markets closed in positive territory again on Wednesday, with investors seeming to shake off concerns earlier in the session about rising inflation. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 253.04 points at 24893.49, the S&P 500 gained 35.69 points at 2698.63, and the NASDAQ Comp added 130.11 points at 7143.62. January's consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.5 percent from December's read, besting economists' expectations. Gasoline, rent, health care, auto insurance, and clothing costs were all higher last month, though for the last twelve months the CPI came in at an unchanged 2.1 percent.

Dow Transports jumped 101.45 points at 10482.16, while the Dow Jones Utility Index lost 7.83 points at 662.25. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1522.10, rising 27.15 points. 929 million and 600 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE 5 to 2 and on the NASDAQ 3 to 1.

A lower than anticipated increase in crude inventories last week helped March WTI crude up 2.4 percent, settling at $60.60 per barrel. The January CPI read sent the US dollar lower and boosted gold. Gold for April delivery rose 2.1 percent at $1358 per ounce. The 10-year US Treasury bond's yield was recently at 2.91 percent, while the 30-year bond yield was recently at 3.18 percent; both yields were higher versus yesterday.

-- 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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