Wal-Mart Gets Help From Target While Disney Increases Pricing

A 9.6% increase in new home sales helps push the major indexes higher, but the S&P 500 still can't set new record.

Feb 26, 2014 at 9:00PM

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over daily movements, we do like to keep an eye on market changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

After a Commerce Department report this morning that new home sales rose 9.6% in January, the major indexes all finished the day in the black. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) closed higher by 18 points, or 0.12%, while the S&P 500 rose less than 0.01% and the Nasdaq increased by 0.1%. The S&P 500 has for days now been on the verge of setting a record high, but after closing nearly flat today, some investors think a pullback is coming. Even if so, of course, it's nothing for long-term-focused investors to worry about.

Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) was a big winner on the Dow today, up 1.95%. There was little news specific to Wal-Mart, but its closest competitor, Target (NYSE:TGT), reported earnings today and revealed a drop in foot traffic following its massive data breach. If Wal-Mart can pick up some of that traffic, it could be a big win for investors.

As for Target, it finished the day up 7.04% despite posting a 5.3% revenue decline and a massive 46% earnings drop. It's possible that investors rallied behind the company knowing that the results weren't any worse than expected.  

One loser today on the Dow was Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS), down 0.16%. The stock has pulled back the past two days after hitting an all-time high of $81.59 on Monday, even after the company recently announced price increases at Walt Disney World in Florida. A one-day adult ticket rose from $95 to $99, and a four-day pass climbed from $279 to $294. This follows another increase just last June, and it should certainly help boost margins and profits. On the other hand, while the company continues to post increasing attendance levels every summer, at some point the price bumps will probably have a negative effect on attendance.  

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

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Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

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