January 4, 2018: The S&P 500 closed up 0.4% at 2,723.91. The DJIA closed up 0.6% at 25,073.37. Separately, the Nasdaq was up 0.2% at 7,077.91.
Thursday was yet again another positive day for the broad U.S. markets, with all major exchanges hitting a new record high. What stands out today is that the Dow closed above the 25,000 mark for the first time ever. Crude oil pushed above $60, and continues to push even higher reaching numbers not seen since 2015. The S&P 500 sectors were practically all positive. The best performing sectors were financials and materials, up 0.9% and 0.9%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were real estate and utilities, down 1.6% and 0.8%, respectively.
Crude oil was up 0.4% at $61.90.
Gold was up 0.4% at $1,323.50.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) which traded down about 12% at $50.97. The stock’s 52-week range is $35.00 to $64.91. Volume was just over 20 million versus the daily average of about 4 million shares.
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Delphi Technologies PLC (NYSE: DLPH) which rose over 4% to $56.49. The stock’s 52-week range is $38.00 to $104.09. Volume was about 1 million compared to its average volume of 2 million.