April 5, 2018: The S&P 500 closed up 0.7% at 2,662.79. The DJIA closed up 1.0% at 24,503.98. Separately, the Nasdaq was up 0.5% at 7,076.55.
Thursday was another positive day for the broad U.S. markets. This was yet another push towards recovery and back to even for the three major indices. Crude oil also made a handy recovery as well. The S&P 500 sectors were entirely positive. The most positive sectors were energy, materials and consumer discretionary up 2.0%, 2.0%, and 1.5%, respectively. The “worst” performing sector was real estate which was up 0.2%.
Crude oil was up 0.5% at $63.68.
Gold was down 0.8% at $1,329.00.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) which traded down over 6% at $49.84. The stock’s 52-week range is $26.36 to $63.42. Volume was about 87 million compared to the daily average volume of 53.3 million.
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) which rose over 6% to $16.08. The stock’s 52-week range is $10.06 to $20.41. Volume was nearly 2 million compared to the daily average volume of nearly 2 million.