So far, September is a winner

Apple pushes the Nasdaq and Nasdaq-100 to 13-year highs, and the Dow jumps 141, its best day since mid-July, thanks to gains from Caterpillar, 3M and IBM.

By Charley Blaine Sep 9, 2013 3:32PM
Stock market report © CorbisUpdated: 8:48 p.m. ET

Think back to the end of August. There was lots of shuddering among investors about the month ahead: September. It was usually the worst month of the year, exceedingly volatile. Plus September 2013 was the fifth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Bros.

So, it's only five trading days into the month, but September is not living up to its billing as the worst month for stocks.

In fact, the Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) closed at its highest level since Sept. 28, 2000. The Nasdaq-100 Index ($NDX) finished at its best level since November 7, 2000.

The Dow Jones Industrials ($INDU), up 141 points to 15,063, enjoyed their best daily performance since July 11. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index's ($INX) 17-point gain to 1,672 was its biggest since Aug. 1. The Nasdaq's gain was 46 points to 3,706. The Nasdaq-100 was up 37 points to 3,170. Apple by itself contributed about 7 points to the Nasdaq-100's gain.

The Dow's close was its first above 15,000 since Aug. 23. The blue-chip index is still 3.8% below its closing peak of 15,658.36, set on Aug. 2. The S&P 500 is 2.2% under its closing peak of 1,709.67, also set on Aug. 2. Despite the Nasdaq's finish, the index is still 26.6% below its all-time closing peak of 5,048.62, set on March 10, 2000.

Monday's gains were the fourth in the last five for the Dow and fifth straight for the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq.

One reason for the rally: There was talk of an international organization taking control of supplies of sarin gas in Syria. Late Monday, President Obama said he would put plans for airstrikes against Syria on hold if Bashar Assad's regime were to turn over control of its chemical weapons.

The news pushed crude oil prices lower in electronic trading in New York and in London overnight. Stocks look to open higher on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a second reason for the gains of the Nasdaq and the Nasdaq-100 on Monday was Apple (AAPL), up $7.89 to $506.17 after reaching as high as $507.92. The shares are up 27.6% since June 30. Their loss for the year has been cut to less than 5%. The shares had been down 27.7% for the year on April 19, and all you heard about then was "Apple is dead. Apple is dead."

Some investors clearly begged to differ, and one reason for their optimism for is Tuesday's expected announcement of two new iPhones: the high-end iPhone 5S and a cheaper iPhone 5C, apparently aimed at the Chinese market.

Equally important is the prospect that Apple has signed up China Mobile as a vendor. China Mobile has 700 million customers -- seven times as many as Verizon Wireless. So the potential for new customers is huge.

Also pushing the Nasdaq and Nasdaq-100 higher are gains for Facebook (FB), up 6.7% this month and 77% for the quarter; Netflix (NFLX), up 3.6% for the month and 39% for the quarter; and Yahoo (YHOO), up 7.8% for the month and 16.3% for the quarter.

Also helping the market: China reported its exports had grown 7.2% in August from a year ago. The consensus had been for 5.5% growth.

The Chinese report set off a big rally in Caterpillar (CAT), up $2.20 to $85.59. The gain was worth 17 points to the Dow by itself. Gains for 3M (MMM) and IBM (IBM) added an additional 28 points to the Dow.

All the events generated selling on Monday in Brent crude, which finished down $2.40 to $113.72 a barrel. Light sweet crude (-CL) in New York settled down $1.01 to $109.52. Gold (-GC) was little changed at $1,386.70.

The 10-year Treasury yield fell to 2.897% from Friday's 2.938%. The dollar was lower against major currencies.

Only one of the 30 Dow stocks ended lower: Verizon Communications (VZ), down 43 cents to $45.91.

Meanwhile, 452 S&P 500 stocks were higher, led by electronic-parts maker Molex (MOLX), which agreed to be bought by the billionaire Koch brothers for $7.2 billion. Shares jumped $9.29 to $38.63. Molex was followed by homebuilders Pulte Group (PHM) and D.R. Horton (DHI).

Ninety Nasdaq-100 stocks were higher, led by Sears Holdings (SHLD) and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR).

How long this rally will last depends on events in the Syria and the Middle East as well as the Federal Reserve's meeting next week. The Fed is expected to decide whether to trim its $85-billion-a-month program of buying Treasury and mortgage bonds with an eye toward ending it some time in 2014.

Most economists see an announcement coming, although the August jobs report, released Friday, was soft enough that some the Fed announcing a smaller-than-expected trim.

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Sep 9, 2013 3:53PM
Personally I see it going like this:
Syria - Russia and the USA reach a face saving agreement, in 1-2 weeks we can go back to ignoring the war and maybe smile a bit knowing Al-qaeda and Hezbollah are killing one another.
They kick the debt ceiling down another 6 months or so with a minor deal, this sets up the main issue for the 2014 election.
The Fed bond buying continues until 2014, the market hums along and gets traditional gains in Oct - Dec months.
In 2014 all bets are off as the Fed starts to slowly taper, maybe to 75 - 80 billion then maybe 5 to 10 billion less each month.
Another quarter of gains, after that, make sure your diversified and have a plan ready.
Sep 9, 2013 3:51PM
It's September 9th and September is a winner ?  Do you have one of the Crimson Tide's crystal balls ?

Sep 9, 2013 3:52PM

A clear night, calm waters... so far, so good.  Full speed ahead ordered the Captain.  Unsinkable they said.  The RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk. 





Sep 9, 2013 3:49PM
The first half of September is historically positive. The second half is negative. Nothing out of the ordinary here yet. The writer should do his research.
Sep 9, 2013 4:06PM
The market is a bit too euphoric today, considering the obstacles ahead.
Sep 9, 2013 3:53PM
Obviously the market adjusted in August, since Ben clearly telegraphed his intentions well ahead of time. Most economist are predicting a 3% growth rate in 2014, with increasing manufacturing and job growth in the service sectors. As long as this trend holds we should have another nice rally this winter and spring.
Sep 9, 2013 4:04PM
As stocks climb they will also fall ! Get ready for the September CRASH !  WALL STREET =CRIME STREET !
Sep 9, 2013 3:54PM
 The Fed money printing policy, Obama's lies about a recovery, manipulated statistics about creating jobs and a pretend, over valued stock market are working!!! Yea!! We're saved!!!!
Sep 9, 2013 8:34PM

The local company my wife works for has over 10 mil in annual sales and has had the best four years of their 60 year history under Obama, and still the owner is a Right-Wing loon that rails on Obama all the time. It just defies any logic the level of hatred they have for someone that saved their asses. I really wish McCain and Palin had won, just imagine the utter destruction that would have ensued. Maybe that is what its going to take to wake these people up. I think the Fall surprises the Tea

Party has  in store might just do the trick when they see their fortunes evaporate due to their shutdowns and debt-ceiling debacle. ENJOY!

Sep 9, 2013 9:59PM

Let me get this straight. It's the 9th day of the month, so the stock market's not going to crash??  That's like saying [in Chicago, Detroit, etc.] we've had no murders Monday, so this week's going to be murder free. God, the rah, rah, rah, of the shills for the government and helicopter benny's counterfeit money. If the economy was booming, and the unemployment rate was about 2%, companies BEGGING for people to come work for them, wages going UP [instead of stagnating or declining], I could see people cheering Wall Street on.  Look at the way we've been lied to about the economy; and if YOU don't believe me, OPEN YOUR EYES AND LOOK AROUND PEOPLE, These people in the government and Wall Street are LYING THEIR HEADS OFF about the economy. You want proof? WHEN was the LAST time you saw or heard about a factory opening up in YOUR community?  Look around your local mall lately. Used to be you couldn't FIND a place to park there without walking a quarter of a mile. Take a look now. I live on the border of a sales-tax free state, the ONLY time these malls are crowded now, is during the holidays. And even then, it's NOT like it was even 10 years ago. 

Sep 10, 2013 7:57AM
Sep 9, 2013 10:15PM




Didn't the stock market jump the entire month of September just before the crash of 1929 ?





Sep 9, 2013 11:16PM
I find it funny, that anyone worries about that thumb thing.....La dee da.
Sep 10, 2013 4:06PM
You talk about Sept being a winner, only after the month is over. Unless you are a trader that is. Obama made a poor choice recently when talking down the Debt as interest rates are rising and the Global Economy is still very much in doubt. Obama always put the Cart before the horse, that's his biggest problem.
Sep 10, 2013 9:40AM
I just get the DOW figured out, finally.   And then what do they go and do ??
Sep 10, 2013 7:43AM



Of course! Since all the prognosticators have written about how bad Sept has been I expected no less. Time can make anyone a fool.


But you now the rule for Economists...keep on predicting and sooner or later you may be right.

Sep 9, 2013 8:22PM

Sept. is a winner ?


When you have a "3,000 point gain" in the stock market in a 52 week period

Something is about to hit the fan...

Sep 9, 2013 10:01PM
All give thanks to the FEDS. and there ability to steal from us tax payers to prop this maket up!!!! Thank you all great FED.....
Sep 10, 2013 12:24AM






Fleckenstein, Mirhaydari, Jubak...WRONG AGAIN AMATEURS!!!

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