April 25, 2018: The S&P 500 closed up 0.2% at 2,639.34. The DJIA closed up 0.2% at 24,082.31. Separately, the Nasdaq was down 0.1% at 7,003.74.
Wednesday was a mixed day for the broad U.S. markets but was ultimately positive, breaking the losing streak that started last Thursday. The S&P 500 has only had one positive day since then, excluding today, and it was up only 0.15% on Monday. Crude oil pulled back again, but $70 is still within striking distance. The S&P 500 sectors were more or less split down the middle. The most positive sectors were energy and materials up 0.7% and 0.4%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were real estate and financials which were down 0.4% and 0.3%, respectively.
Crude oil was up 0.3% at $67.89.
Gold was down 0.6% at $1,324.50.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) which traded down about 8% at $38.47. The stock’s 52-week range is $29.50 to $50.95. Volume was 3.3 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.8 million.
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE: NSC) which rose nearly 8% to $145.37. The stock’s 52-week range is $111.21 to $157.15. Volume was 4.4 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.8 million.