Stock Market Today: January 25th, 2024

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The stock market today witnessed a mixed performance, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) declining, while the Nasdaq Composite and the S&P 500 managed to close in the green. Let’s dive into the key highlights and developments that shaped the market:

Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) slid 99.06 points, or 0.3%, to close at 37,806.39. While 20 components of the 30-stock index ended in negative territory, 10 ended in the positive. The decline in the Dow was influenced by various factors impacting specific stocks within the index.

Nasdaq Composite

On the other hand, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite gained 55.98 points, or 0.4%, to close at 15,481.92. The positive performance of the Nasdaq Composite was driven by the rally in semiconductor stocks, which reached a record high. Investors were particularly optimistic about rising global chip demand, as evidenced by the strong fourth-quarter earnings results of semiconductor equipment major ASML Holding N.V. (+8.9%).

S&P 500

The S&P 500 added 3.95 points, or 0.1%, to close at 4,868.55. Despite most of its broad sectors experiencing a losing session, gains made from the energy and tech sectors ensured that the S&P 500 closed the day marginally in the green, marking its fourth straight record high. The market participants are closely watching the ongoing fourth-quarter earnings season to gauge whether this positive momentum will continue.

Oil Prices and Semiconductor Stocks Drive the Market

Oil prices witnessed a 1% increase on Wednesday due to a decrease in U.S. crude output and a depletion of its stockpile. Additionally, hopes of a government stimulus in China, the largest oil importer globally, raised expectations for increased demand. Brent crude settled at $80.04/barrel (+0.6%), while WTI crude ended at $75.09 (+1.0%).

The strong performance of semiconductor stocks, including ASML Holding N.V., contributed to the overall market rally. ASML’s impressive fourth-quarter earnings results, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate, further fueled optimism about rising global chip demand. Consequently, shares of companies like NVIDIA Corporation (+2.5%) witnessed notable gains.

Paramount Global (PARA) Stock Climbs on M&A Reports

Paramount Global (PARA) stock surged as much as 8% on Thursday following reports of potential mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Skydance Media, along with financial backers Redbird Capital and KKR, is reportedly in talks to acquire National Amusements, the holding company that controls Paramount through its class A shares.

The potential deal would involve merging Skydance with Paramount, likely resulting in the media company going private. However, talks are still in the early stages, and it’s possible that the deal may not materialize. Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has also been rumored as a potential buyer for Paramount.

The M&A speculation surrounding Paramount comes as the company has been seen as a prime candidate for a breakup or merger due to its relatively small size compared to competitors. With a current market cap of around $9 billion, Paramount pales in comparison to industry giants like Disney ($171 billion) and Netflix ($240 billion).

Layoffs and Strategic Shifts at Paramount

In conjunction with the M&A news, Paramount announced layoffs in an internal memo on Thursday. The company cited the need to operate as a leaner organization and reduce expenses. The memo emphasized the importance of driving streaming profitability and maximizing content impact in 2024.

Paramount aims to streamline its operations and focus on producing content with the biggest impact, which may lead to a reduction in international content production. However, specific details about the number of layoffs and the timeline were not provided in the memo.


The stock market today witnessed mixed performance, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average declining while the Nasdaq Composite and the S&P 500 closed in positive territory. Factors such as oil prices, strong semiconductor stocks, and M&A reports surrounding Paramount Global influenced market movements.

Investors will continue to closely monitor the ongoing fourth-quarter earnings season to assess the sustainability of the market’s positive momentum. As the market evolves, it remains crucial to stay updated on the latest developments and trends that shape the stock market landscape.

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