Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Today's Big Dow Winners

By Matt Thalman - Updated Apr 7, 2017 at 12:37PM

You’re reading a free article with opinions that may differ from The Motley Fool’s Premium Investing Services. Become a Motley Fool member today to get instant access to our top analyst recommendations, in-depth research, investing resources, and more. Learn More

The Dow moved lower, but these companies can't be blamed.

After yesterday's rally to start the fourth quarter, news from Spain spoiled investors' confidence. Spain's prime minister stomped on the rumor that his country was ready to ask for a European Union bailout. The Fool's John Maxfield believes part of the slide can also be contributed to a hedge-fund manager's comments about a number of different companies. Regardless, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) wiped out most of the gains from yesterday's rally. The index closed at 13,482, down more than 32 points, or 0.2%. But not all was lost, as a number of stocks ended the day up.

And the winners are ...
UnitedHeath Group
(NYSE: UNH) saw its shares rise by 0.60% during today's trading session. Very little news could be found pertaining to the company, but one eye-catching health-care-related story involved Washington Post (NYSE: WPO). This story wasn't one you could read about only in the Post; it was that the newspaper company was buying a majority stake in health-care provider Celtic Healthcare. While this addition may seem odd considering Washington Post's current business mix, it does show that outsiders are feeling positive about the future of the health-care industry.

Although Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) briefly lost the coveted spot as the second-largest company in the world, Google's market capitalization was briefly higher today, but Mr. Softy ended the day still holding the title. Bill Gates' software company ended the day up 0.58%. This comes a day after Hewlett-Packard unveiled its newest tablet, the HP ElitePad 900, which will run on the Windows 8 operating system.

Another Dow Component trading higher today was Merck (NYSE: MRK). The drug manufacturer finished the day 0.56% higher following a late announcement yesterday that Gardasil, Merck's vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, was shown to be safe from any major side effects. The findings came from the second large-scale study performed on the drug in just the past year.

On Tuesday, it was also announced that Merck had entered into a partnership with Ablynx, a Belgian drug developer. Merck will gain exclusive rights to special nanobodies made by Ablynx scientists, which are one-tenth the size of normal antibodies. The size difference means they could be taken orally, as opposed to previously being injected, and the antibodies may therefore be able to reach new targets in the body.

While these stocks rose today, they may fall tomorrow. Every company is susceptible to market news and macroeconomic events, and a major market-moving event is quickly approaching: the presidential election. A few stocks could skyrocket, depending on who gets elected. To find out which ones before you miss out, click here.

Invest Smarter with The Motley Fool

Join Over 1 Million Premium Members Receiving…

  • New Stock Picks Each Month
  • Detailed Analysis of Companies
  • Model Portfolios
  • Live Streaming During Market Hours
  • And Much More
Get Started Now

Stocks Mentioned

Microsoft Corporation Stock Quote
Microsoft Corporation
MSFT
$261.99 (-1.10%) $-2.90
Dow Jones Industrial Average (Price Return) Stock Quote
Dow Jones Industrial Average (Price Return)
^DJI
$31,509.41 (0.23%) $71.15
Merck & Co., Inc. Stock Quote
Merck & Co., Inc.
MRK
$92.95 (-1.55%) $-1.46
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated Stock Quote
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated
UNH
$515.45 (1.94%) $9.79
Graham Holdings Company Stock Quote
Graham Holdings Company
GHC
$580.00 (1.67%) $9.54

*Average returns of all recommendations since inception. Cost basis and return based on previous market day close.

Related Articles

Motley Fool Returns

Motley Fool Stock Advisor

Market-beating stocks from our award-winning analyst team.

Stock Advisor Returns
332%
 
S&P 500 Returns
115%

Calculated by average return of all stock recommendations since inception of the Stock Advisor service in February of 2002. Returns as of 06/28/2022.

Discounted offers are only available to new members. Stock Advisor list price is $199 per year.

Premium Investing Services

Invest better with The Motley Fool. Get stock recommendations, portfolio guidance, and more from The Motley Fool's premium services.