January 25, 2018: The S&P 500 closed relatively flat at 2,839.40. The DJIA closed up 0.5% at 26,392.79. Separately, the Nasdaq was relatively flat at 7,411.16.
Thursday was a mixed day for the broad U.S. markets. We are currently in the middle of the Q4 earnings season and so far it has been solid for the markets, pushing all of the exchanges to all-time highs. Crude oil took a small step back today compared to what has been an incredible week. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly negative with a few major exceptions. The most positive sectors were utilities and health care up 1.6% and 0.8%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were energy and real estate, down 0.8% and 0.3%, respectively.
Crude oil was down 0.4% at $65.37.
Gold was was down 0.7% at $1346.80.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) which traded down roughly 10% at $15.31. The stock’s 52-week range is $15.10 to $36.40. Volume was about 33 million compared to the daily average volume of 7.3 million.
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: VAR) which rose about 12% to $13.96. The stock’s 52-week range is $75.54 to $129.05. Volume was 4.6 million compared to the daily average volume of 0.7 million.