October 11, 2017: The S&P 500 closed up 0.18% at 2,555.18. The DJIA closed up 0.18% at 22,872.06. Separately, the Nasdaq was up 0.25% at 6,603.55.
Wednesday was a positive, although muted, day for the U.S. exchanges with all three major indices hitting new intraday highs. Crude continued to rise after its incredible gain on Tuesday. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive or flat with a couple of exceptions. The best performing sectors were real estate and utilities which were up 0.55% and 0.45%, respectively. The worst performing sector was financial, down 0.21%.
Crude oil was up 0.7% at $51.29.
Gold was relatively flat at $1,295.40.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) which traded down about 5% at $48.81. The stock’s 52-week range is $34.42 to $51.76. Volume was over 1.9 million versus the daily average of nearly 1 million shares.
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) which rose 3.6% to $57.35. The stock’s 52-week range is $45.30 to $68.00. Volume was 4.6 million compared to its average volume of 2.3 million.