February 16, 2018: The S&P 500 closed relatively flat at 2,732.22. The DJIA closed relatively flat at 25,219.31. Separately, the Nasdaq was down 0.2% at 7,239.47.
Friday was a somewhat mixed day for the U.S. markets, but it did have its ups and downs. Two of the three major indexes closed up ever so slightly on the day, after briefly dipping into the red this morning and afternoon. The Nasdaq was not lucky enough to escape the end of the day sell off. Crude oil continued its comeback in Friday’s session. The S&P 500 sectors were almost entirely positive. The most positive sectors were utilities and healthcare up 0.9% and 0.7%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were consumer discretionary and materials down 0.5% and 0.4%, respectively.
Crude oil was up 0.4% at $61.61.
Gold was down 0.4% at $1,350.50.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was V.F. Corp. (NYSE: VFC) which traded down about 11% at $74.64. The stock’s 52-week range is $50.34 to $84.38. Volume was 10 million compared to the daily average volume of roughly 2.5 million.
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Friday was Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) which rose over 6% to $305.70. The stock’s 52-week range is $247.52 to $499.00. Volume was 2.7 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.3 million.