What the Apple Settlement Means for the Dow Jones Industrial Average Today

Expect a volatile Dow Jones Industrial Average today as some high-profile companies reported mixed earnings and Wall Street makes sense of the Apple settlement.

The Dow is already in the red despite a hot start from Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) this morning. Plus: Apple’s settlement was a big winner for one stock (and it wasn’t Apple).

Here are the numbers from Tuesday for the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq:

Index Previous Close Point Change Percentage Change Dow Jones 26,452.66 67.89 0.26% S&P 500 2,907.06 1.48 0.05% Nasdaq 8,000.23 24.21 0.30%

Now, here’s a closer look at today’s Money Morning insight, the most important market events, and stocks to watch.

The Top Stock Market Stories for Wednesday Earnings season is off to a bit of a rocky start. Investors are concerned about global economic growth and whether the red-hot markets of 2016 to 2018 are ready to slow to a crawl. Expectations are not high for the first quarter, as banking and retail stocks can’t seem to break out. But there’s another sector where problems are mounting even worse. And we have a simple profit play to get you started ahead of next week’s schedule. Today, Morgan Stanley headlines a busy day of earnings reports. Shares of MS stock added 2% in pre-market hours and boosted the DJIA, thanks to a strong first quarter for the investment bank. Executives said the bank earned $2.4 billion in profit last quarter, or $1.39 per share. That figure beat expectations. Total revenue came in higher than expected at $10.3 billion. The bank cited stronger fixed-income trading and wealth management revenue for the gain. The deal might be off again between Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and T-Mobile US Inc. (NYSE: TMUS). Shares of Sprint plunged more than 10% thanks to news that the Department of Justice

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