July 26, 2018: The S&P 500 closed down 0.3% at 2,837.47. The DJIA closed up 0.5% at 25,528.12. Separately, the Nasdaq was down 1.0% at 7,852.18.
Thursday was a down day for the broad U.S. markets, with only the Dow posting a gain for the day. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq suffered a big hit on Facebook earnings alone. Crude oil made a small step forward in the session. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive. The most positive sectors were energy and utilities up 1.3% and 1.1%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were technology and consumer discretionary down 1.5% and 0.4%, respectively.
Crude oil was last seen trading up 0.3% at $69.49.
Gold was last seen trading down 0.7% at $1,223.20.
The stock posting the largest daily percentage loss in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Nielson Holdings PLC (NYSE: NLSN) which fell over 25% to $22.08. The stock’s 52-week range is $21.49 to $43.61. Volume was just about 38 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.5 million.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close was Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) which traded up about 10% at $74.49. The stock’s 52-week range is $60.12 to $77.96. Volume was nearly 11 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.1 a million.