January 19, 2018: The S&P 500 closed up 0.4% at 2,810.31. The DJIA closed up 0.2% at 26,070.90. Separately, the Nasdaq was up 0.6% at 7,336.38.
Friday was a relatively positive day for the U.S. markets, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit new highs again in this session. Crude oil took another small step back on Friday. The S&P 500 sectors were practically all positive. The best performing sectors were consumer staples and consumer discretionary up 1.1% and 0.8%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were utilities and energy, down 0.3%, and 0.2%, respectively.
Crude oil was down 0.6% at $63.54.
Gold was up 0.5% at $1,333.20.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) which traded down roughly 4% at $162.12. The stock’s 52-week range is $139.13 to $182.79. Volume was over 20 million, compared with the daily average of 5.1 million shares.
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Friday was Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) which rose about 10% to $10.02. The stock’s 52-week range is $5.50 to $26.78. Volume was 5.5 million compared to its average volume of 2 million.