The stock market has officially become boring.
In the absence of a major story line threatening impending doom, U.S. indexes have turned away from their volatile ways. It seems, at least for now, that the regular 1% surges investors grew so accustomed to have fallen by the wayside. That’s great for investors who can use this downtime to shift their focus to what we love most dearly at the Fool -- stock picking.
And while I’ll get to a few opportunities in a moment, let’s not forget that the market was actually open today
On this very boring day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
Hitting the highlights on some of today’s biggest moving stocks, we see some pretty massive moves from several noteworthy names.
Shares of biotech VIVUS
On the upside, shares of KB Home spiked 16.4%, turning profitable in its third-quarter earnings. The stock’s been on a tear this year, rising a staggering 127% after today’s surge, and further supporting the notion that the U.S. housing market is indeed recovering. This is just one reason why I added shares of the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund to the real money portfolio I manage for Fool.com. It was lifted 1.9% by the positive report, as well.
Today’s last big winner was designer and last year’s IPO studmuffin Michael Kors
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