November 8, 2017: The S&P 500 closed up 0.14% at 2,594.35. The DJIA closed relatively flat at 23,563.77. Separately, the Nasdaq was up 0.32% at 6,789.12.
Wednesday was a relatively positive day for the broad U.S. markets. All of the major averages started out negative but slowly crept positive over the course of the day. Crude oil gave back a little more after a very strong Monday. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive with a few notable exceptions. The best performing sectors were consumer staples and real estate, up 1.1% and 0.8%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were financials and energy, down 0.5%, and 0.5%, respectively.
Crude oil was down 0.7% at $56.79.
Gold was up 0.5% at $1,282.20.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA) which traded down about 8% at $54.33. The stock’s 52-week range is $52.51 to $70.16. Volume was roughly 7 million versus the daily average 2 million shares.
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) which rose about 6% to $64.55. The stock’s 52-week range is $35.12 to $67.03. Volume was about 12 million compared to its average volume of 6 million.