June 29, 2018: The S&P 500 closed flat at 2,718.68. The DJIA closed up 0.3% at 24,276.50. Separately, the Nasdaq was flat at 7,510.30.
Friday was a positive day for the broad U.S. markets, closing out what was a week full of ups and downs. Crude oil again pushed much higher in the session, for its fourth consecutive day. The S&P 500 sectors were entirely positive. The most positive sectors were energy and materials, up 0.9% and 0.6%, respectively. The “worst” performing sector was consumer staples which was flat.
Crude oil was last seen trading up 1.2% at $74.35.
Gold was last seen trading flat at $1,252.80.
The stock posting the largest daily percentage loss in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ) which fell about 5% to $221.60. The stock’s 52-week range is $191.06 to $236.62. Volume was about 9.6 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.4 million.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close was Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTX) which traded up about 16% at $170.82. The stock’s 52-week range is $125.50 to $178.15. Volume was 6 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.6 million.