February 15, 2018: The S&P 500 closed up 1.2% at 2,731.22. The DJIA closed up 1.2% at 25,200.65. Separately, the Nasdaq was up 1.6% at 7,256.43.
Thursday was yet again another positive day for the U.S. markets. All three major indexes reached over 1% on the day, after briefly dipping into the red this morning. Crude oil continued its comeback adding another 1%. The S&P 500 sectors were almost entirely positive. The most positive sectors were utilities and technology up 2.1% and 1.7%, respectively. The worst performing sector was energy down 0.5%.
Crude oil was up 1.5% at $61.51.
Gold was relatively flat at $1,356.80.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) which traded down about 5% at $57.67. The stock’s 52-week range is $37.43 to $64.06. Volume was 16.5 million compared to the daily average volume of roughly 3 million.
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT) which rose about 10% to $53.35. The stock’s 52-week range is $43.70 to $67.84. Volume was nearly 11 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.6 million.