Stock Market “Zigs” and “Zags”
October thru December, 2020


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Oct. 23, 2020

After a downward dip in the middle of the day, most stock indices were up at the closing bell.  However, the Dow closed down a bit.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.10% to 28,335.57, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.34% to 3,465.39.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.37% to 11,548.28.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,335.57.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,465.39.
Oct. 22, 2020

Stock indices were up after the opening bell today.  Later in the morning they “zagged” sharply downward, but then they “zigged” back up to a nice gain at the closing bell.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.54% to 28,363.66, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.52% to 3,453.49.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.19% to 11,506.01.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,363.66.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,453.49.
Oct. 21, 2020

There was an extreme amount of “zig-zagging” of gains and losses in stock indices today.  By the end of the day, though, everything was down from opening amounts.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.35% to 28,210.82, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.22% to 3,435.56.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.28% to 11,484.69.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,210.82.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,435.56.
Oct. 20, 2020

There was a mild to moderate increase in most stock indices today.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.40% to 28,308.79, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.47% to 3,443.12.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.33% to 11,516.49.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,308.79.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,443.12.
Oct. 19, 2020

After early gains, there were substantials drops in stock indices today.  The significant sell-off seems to be due to the decreasing chance of another COVID stimulus package being approved before the election, as well as the increasing COVID cases in the U.S.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 1.44% to 28,195.42, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 1.63% to 3,426.92.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 1.65% to 11,478.88.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,195.42.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,426.92.
Oct. 16, 2020

Stock indices were very mixed today, but overall the changes were minimal.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.39% to 28,606.31, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.47% to 3,483.81.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.36% to 11,671.56.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,606.31.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,483.81.
Oct. 15, 2020

Most stock indices were down all day, including at the closing bell.  This is the third day in a row of widespread declines.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.07% to 28,494.20, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.15% to 3,483.34.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.47% to 11,713.87.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,494.20.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,483.34.
Oct. 14, 2020

The majority of stock indices were up a good amount this morning.  However, later they “zagged” down below their opening amounts and closed with losses for the second day in a row.  The decline may have been due to reports of a marked increase in unemployment claims.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.58% to 28,514.00, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.66% to 3,488.67.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.80% to 11,768.73.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,514.00.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,488.67.
Oct. 13, 2020

After a four-day upswing, the majority of stock indices ended today’s trading period somewhat lower.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.55% to 28,679.81, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.63% to 3,511.93.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.10% to 11,863.90.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,679.81.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,511.93.
Oct. 12, 2020

There was a significant stock market rally today.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.88% to 28,837.52, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 1.64% to 3,534.22.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 2.56% to 11,876.26.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,837.52.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,534.22.
Oct. 9, 2020

Stock indices were up across the board today.  They closed out the week with the biggest one-week gains in 3 months.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.57% to 28,586.90, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.88% to 3,477.13.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 1.39% to 11,579.94.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,586.90.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,477.13.
Oct. 8, 2020

There was a lot of “zig-zagging” of stock indices today, but by the closing bell virtually everything was up a moderate amount.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.43% to 28,425.51, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.80% to 3,446.83.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.50% to 11,420.98.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,425.51.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,446.83.
Oct. 7, 2020

Today’s appreciable increase in stock indices more than compensated for yesterdays’s substantial decline.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 1.91% to 28,303.46, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 1.74% to 3,419.44.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 1.88% to 11,364.60.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,303.46.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,419.44.
Oct. 6, 2020

There was not much change in most stock indices this morning, and the majority of them were up a good amount earlier this afternoon.  Then there was a huge “zag” bringing everything down, with substantial losses at the closing bell.

The sudden decline appears to have been a reaction to President Trump’s cutting off COVID-19 stimulus negotiations until after the election.  This followed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s rejection of a $1.6 trillion proposal from the White House.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 1.34% to 27,772.76, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 1.40% to 3,360.97.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 1.57% to 11,154.60.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 27,772.76.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,360.97.
Oct. 5, 2020

Major stock indices were up significantly today.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 1.68% to 28,148.64, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 1.80% to 3,408.63.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 2.32% to 11,332.49.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,148.64.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,408.63.
Oct. 2, 2020

There was a marked decline in the majority of stock indices today.  Most likely, this was a reaction to the news that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.48% to 27,682.81, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.96% to 3,348.44.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 2.22% to 11,075.02.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 27,682.81.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,348.44.
Oct. 1, 2020

To begin the new month, there were mild to moderate increases in stock indices today.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.13% to 27,816.90, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.53% to 3,380.80.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 1.42% to 11,326.51.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 27,816.90.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,380.80.

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