October 2, 2017: The S&P 500 closed up 0.4% at 2,529.22. The DJIA closed up 0.7% at 22,559.24. Separately, the Nasdaq was up 0.3% at 6,516.72.
Monday was a positive day for the broad U.S. markets with all of the major averages hitting record all-time highs. Crude oil backed off to its lowest level since mid-September. The two best-performing sectors in the S&P 500 were materials and health care, each up about 1%. The next best sector was finance which was up 0.85%. The worst performing sectors was real estate, down 0.4%, and then consumer staples, down 0.2%.
Crude oil was down about 2% at $50.55.
Gold was also down 0.7% at $1,275.60.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Dentsply Sirona Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY) which traded down about 6% at $56.22. The stock’s 52-week range is $52.54 to $65.68. Volume was 6.3 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 Monday was FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) which rose about 5% to $40.86. The stock’s 52-week range is $28.26 to $41.00. Volume was 1.3 million compared to its average volume of 1.1 million.