January 31, 2018: The S&P 500 closed relatively flat at 2,824.18. The DJIA closed up 0.3% at 26,150.84. Separately, the Nasdaq was up 0.1% at 7,411.48.
Monday was a relatively positive day for the U.S. markets, after coming off the worst two consecutive trading days since June 2016. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq briefly dipped lower in the afternoon, but have recovered since. Crude oil made a small recovery, but still not enough to offset Monday and Tuesday losses. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive in Wednesday’s session. The most positive sector were real estate and utilities up 1.9% and 1.1%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were health care, and consumer staples down 1.2%, and 0.3%, respectively.
Crude oil was up 0.5% at $64.84.
Gold was up 0.7% at $1349.30.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) which traded down over 7% at $26.18. The stock’s 52-week range is $23.87 to $30.96. Volume was about 15 million compared to the daily average volume of 5.8 million.
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) which rose about 7% to $127.43. The stock’s 52-week range is $80.40 to $131.00. Volume was about 14 million compared to the daily average volume of 4 million.