April 20, 2017: The S&P 500 closed higher on the day, up 0.76% and 17.71 points to 2,355.87. Separately the DJIA closed up 0.86% on the day at 20,579.12, up approximately 174.63 points.
Overall Thursday was an incredible day for the markets with all of the U.S. broad markets closing higher and the Nasdaq hitting a new all-time high. In terms of the sectors, everything was positive, with the notable exception of utilities. Also cigarettes were negative on the day after Phillip Morris posted an earnings loss.
Crude oil didn’t follow the broad markets on Thursday and was last trading down around 0.4% at $50.26 in the session.
Gold fell slightly as well down 0.10% or $0.60, closing at $1282.80.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) which traded down 5.2% at $113.27. The stock’s 52-week range is $56.01 to $134.28. Volume was 6.5 million versus the daily average of 1.7 million shares.
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE: ADS) which jumped 8.3% to $260.56. The stock’s 52-week range is $185.02 to $263.40. Volume was roughly 1.2 million which is above the daily average of around 606,000 shares.