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Hopkinsville



1003 South Virginia Street
Hopkinsville, KY 42240

800-467-0267

Sue S. Badgett, CWA®
Senior Vice President
Complex Manager
270/821-7990
SBadgett@hilliard.com

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Daily Market Comment

Daily Market Recap -


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



US stocks ended the week on a good note. Investors seemed less concerned about the potential for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year -- more times than had been previously forecast, anyway -- in order to combat increasing inflation. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 347.51 points to 25309.99 for the session, and the S&P 500 gained 43.34 points at 2747.30; for the week the benchmarks were up 0.4 and 0.6 percent, respectively. The NASDAQ Comp jumped 1.4 percent this week, adding 127.30 points on Friday to close at 7337.39. All eleven S&P sectors were higher for the day, led by gains in tech and energy.

Dow Transports advanced 150.03 points to 10578.90, the Dow Jones Utility Index was up 17.56 points to 685.76, and Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1549.18, higher by 19.19 points. 729 million and 484 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE nearly 5 to 1 and 3 to 1 on the NASDAQ.

March WTI crude strengthened 1.2 percent on Friday, settling at $63.55 per barrel. The contract was up 3.3 percent for the week. The ICE US Dollar Index strengthened 0.2 percent in the session and 0.9 percent for the week, which helped send gold for April delivery down 0.2 percent to $1330.30 per ounce for the day and 1.7 percent for the week. The 10-year and 30-year US Treasury bond yields were recently 2.87 and 3.16 percent, respectively, both lower 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. --

On Thursday, another volatile session left US markets mixed by the close, with the Dow 30 retaining some of its rally despite financials in the red. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 164.70 points at 24962.48 and the S&P 500 added 2.63 points at 2703.96, while the NASDAQ Comp fell 8.14 points to 7210.09. Earnings season was still in focus for investors. Shares of streaming video company Roku Inc. shed 17.7 percent on a lower forecast than analysts had expected, despite quarterly results that beat the street; Avis Budget Group shares rose 13.5 percent on better than anticipated quarterly results. For the week ended February 17th, there were fewer initial US jobless claims than economists had expected.

Dow Transports rose 56.81 points at 10428.87, and the Dow Jones Utility Index was up 3.38 points at 668.20. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1529.99, down 1.85 points. 834 million and 502 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE 15 to 13, and decliners outpaced advancers on the NASDAQ 17 to 12.

March WTI crude strengthened 1.8 percent, settling at $62.77 per barrel. A weaker US dollar sent gold for April delivery up a scant $0.60 to $1332.70 per ounce. The 10-year and 30-year US Treasury bond yields were 2.92 and 3.20 percent, respectively, both a bit lower than they were 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. --

On Wednesday, a volatile session with earlier rallying left US markets mostly in the red by the close. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 166.97 points at 24797.78, the S&P 500 slipped 14.93 points to 2701.33, and the NASDAQ Comp fell 16.08 points to 7218.23. Investors considered the newly released minutes from the Federal Reserve; the notes, which seemed to indicate both that the US economy was strong and that additional interest rate hikes are increasingly likely, helped strengthen the US dollar and increase the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond, which was recently at 2.94 percent.

Dow Transports gained 31.46 points at 10372.06, while the Dow Jones Utility Index was off 8.39 points at 664.82. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1535.04, up 5.05 points. 890 million and 513 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Decliners outpaced advancers on the NYSE 15 to 13, and advancers outnumbered decliners on the NASDAQ 16 to 13.

April WTI crude strengthened lost a scant 0.2 percent, settling at $61.68 per barrel. Gold for April delivery inched up 0.3 percent to $1335 per ounce. The 30-year US Treasury bond yield was recently at 3.22 percent; both it and the 10-year bond 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. --

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. --
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