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5677 Peavine Road
Suite. 103
Crossville, TN 38571

800-890-5596

Tony Frantz
Vice President
Supv. Br. Mgr. Sales Practices
502/588-8400
TFrantz@hilliard.com

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Daily Market Comment

Daily Market Recap -


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



Volatility increased on Friday as investor worries about an Obamacare-replacement bill vote in the US House of Representatives seemed to grow. For the week the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ were lower by 1.5, 1.4, and 1.2 percent, respectively. The Commerce Dept. said US durable goods orders in February were up 1.7 percent, beating economist expectations. Micron Technology shares gained over 7 percent after reporting better than expected earnings last night. The company reported fiscal Q2 revenue of $4.65 billion, up 58 percent over the prior year period.

The DJIA lost 59.86 points at 20596.72. The S&P 500 was down 1.98 points at 2343.98, while the NASDAQ added 11.04 points to 5828.74. The Dow Jones Utility Index rose 3.20 points to 705.95, and the Dow Transports gave up 7.37 points to 8928.78. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1356.26, rising 2.83 points. 791 million and 490 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outpaced decliners on the NYSE 15 to 13 and 4 to 3 on the NASDAQ.

Investor concerns regarding the Congressional health care vote helped the US dollar drift lower, with the ICE Dollar Index off 0.2 percent to 99.60. The weaker dollar helped gold futures achieve a 1.5 gain for the week. Gold for April delivery settled at $1248.50 per ounce Friday, up 0.1 percent for the session. May WTI crude settled at $47.97 per barrel, up 0.6 percent for the day, but lost around 1.7 percent for the week. Recent Treasury yields: 1.3 percent for the 2-year note, 1.9 percent for the 5-year note, 2.4 percent for the 10-year note, and 3.0 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- 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 stock markets endured a volatile session Thursday as investors considered a delay on a health-care bill vote from the US House of Representatives. Downside was partially offset by strength in the financial sector. Ford Motor Co. shares declined nearly 1 percent after the automaker cautioned profits this year are anticipated to be lower, forecast to come in at approximately $9 billion in 2017, compared to 2016's $10.4 billion, as a result of investments in new initiatives. Discount retailer Five Below Inc. beat street expectations, reporting fiscal Q4 earnings of $49.8 million versus $42 million in the prior year period. The company is also planning 100 new store openings this year, and shares rose almost 11 percent in today's trading.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 4.72 points at 20656.58, the S&P 500 gave up 2.49 points at 2345.96, and the NASDAQ fell 3.95 points to 5817.69. The Dow Jones Utility Index shed 1.87 points at 702.75, while the Dow Transports dropped 51.04 points at 8936.15. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1353.19, up 7.58 points. 804 million and 433 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outpaced decliners on the NYSE 9 to 5 and on the NASDAQ nearly 2 to 1.

The US dollar struggled again versus the pound and the yen on concerns about the House's delayed health-care legislation. The ICE Dollar Index rose a modicum to 99.75. Gold for April delivery lost a little ground, giving up 0.2 percent and settling at $1247.20 per ounce. Worries regarding an overabundance of supplies at the global level kept oil prices in the red again Thursday. May WTI crude settled at $47.70 per barrel, off 0.7 percent. Recent Treasury yields: 1.3 percent for the 2-year note, 1.9 percent for the 5-year note, 2.4 percent for the 10-year note, and 3.0 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- 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 stock markets struggled to gain traction on Wednesday, lead by weakness in the Financial and Energy sectors. Nike shares lost 7 percent after the company gave a lukewarm sales forecast, citing stronger competition. The sportswear maker reported fiscal Q3 EPS of $0.68, or $1.14 billion, compared to $0.55 or $950 million in the prior year period, on revenue of $8.43 billion, which fell just shy of street expectations. Shares of Sears Holdings Corp. were down 12 percent after the retailer expressed worries regarding its ability to continue if a turnaround plan was not successful. The National Association of Realtors reported February's existing-home sales fell 3.7 percent from January. Versus February 2016, inventories were down 6.4 percent and median home prices were up 7.7 percent.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 6.71 points at 20661.30, while the S&P 500 added 4.43 points to 2348.45 and NASDAQ gained 27.82 points at 5821.64. The Dow Jones Utility Index rose 3.46 points to 704.62, and the Dow Transports jumped 56.53 points to 8987.19. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1345.09, down 1.43 points. 898 million and 467 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers bested decliners on the NYSE 15 to 13, while on the NASDAQ decliners outpaced advancers 17 to 12.

The US dollar was shaky again Wednesday, particularly versus the yen, with the ICE Dollar Index down 0.2 percent. Gold for April delivery, alternately, rose 0.3 percent, settling at $1249.70 per ounce. For the week ended March 17th crude supplies were shown to have risen to 533.1 million barrels, a record, but the same data from the US Energy Information Administration also showed inventories of gasoline were lower by 2.8 million barrels. May WTI crude settled at $48.17 per barrel, down $0.07. Recent Treasury yields: 1.3 percent for the 2-year note, 1.9 percent for the 5-year note, 2.4 percent for the 10-year note, and 3.0 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- 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 Tuesday, US markets saw their sharpest declines since October 11th of last year. Investors seemed more rattled by politics than they generally have been of late. The weakest sector was Financials, with Bank of America off nearly 6 percent and Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs each off 4 percent. Apple Inc. shares hit a record high intraday on news of the company's latest forthcoming iPhone and iPad products, but closed down $1.62 at $139.84. General Mills declined $0.49 to $59.76 after reporting fiscal Q3 EPS of $0.61, or $357.8 million, versus $0.59 or $361.7 million in the year-ago period, on revenue of $3.79 billion, a 5.2 decline that just missed street estimates.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 1.1 percent to 20668.01. The S&P 500 was down 1.2 percent at 2344.02, and the NASDAQ shed 1.8 percent at 5793.83. The Dow Jones Utility Index rose 9.47 points to 701.16, while the Dow Transports gave up 170.38 points at 8930.66. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1347.90, lower by 36.18 points. 1 billion and 559 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Decliners outpaced advancers on both the NYSE and NASDAQ roughly 4 to 1.

Dollar's continuing weakness compared to the euro helped send the ICE Dollar Index down 0.7 percent to 99.726. Gold futures subsequently strengthened, with gold for April delivery up 1 percent, settling at $1246.60 per ounce. Contract expirations added to volatility in oil futures Tuesday. April WTI crude was off 1.8 percent, settling at $47.34 per barrel, the lowest price since November. May WTI crude fell 1.4 percent to $48.24 per barrel. Recent Treasury yields: 1.3 percent for the 2-year note, 2.0 percent for the 5-year note, 2.4 percent for the 10-year note, and 3.0 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- 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 cautious Monday, and US markets fought to achieve gains for the session. Higher oil prices sent energy stocks lower. Walt Disney Corp. shares benefitted by nearly 1 percent from a successful opening weekend for the live-action version of ''Beauty and the Beast.'' Caterpillar was higher by 2.7 percent after reporting hopeful machine retail sales in February. During a Fox Business interview the president of Chicago Federal Reserve, Charles Evans, commented that three fed funds rate hikes in 2017 seemed reasonable to him, should the economy continue to improve.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 8.76 points to 20905.86, the S&P 500 gave up 4.78 points at 2373.47, and the NASDAQ added less than a point at 5901.53. The Dow Jones Utility Index shed 4.95 points at 691.69, while the Dow Transports sank 44.46 points at 9101.04. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1383.83, down 7.68 points. 751 million and 422 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Decliners bested advancers on the NYSE 4 to 3, and 2 to 3 on the NASDAQ.

The ICE Dollar Index rose a scant 0.1 percent Monday, and was shakier versus the euro. That weakness helped gold for April delivery settle at $1234 per ounce, up $3.80. April WTI crude finished at $48.22 per barrel, down $0.56, on worries regarding an increase last week in active US oil rigs from 617 to 631. Recent Treasury yields: 1.3 percent for the 2-year note, 2.0 percent for the 5-year note, 2.5 percent for the 10-year note, and 3.1 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- 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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