August 9, 2018: The S&P 500 closed flat at 2,853.58. The DJIA closed down 0.3% at 25,508.96. Separately, the Nasdaq was flat at 7,891.78.
Thursday was a mixed day for the broad U.S. markets. Crude oil took another small step back in the session. The S&P 500 sectors were more or less split down the middle. The most positive sectors were materials and consumer discretionary up 0.6% and 0.4%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were energy and financials down 1.0% and 0.6%, respectively.
Crude oil was last seen trading down 0.3% at $66.77.
Gold was last seen trading flat at $1,219.90.
The stock posting the largest daily percentage loss in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Perrigo Co PLC (NYSE: PRGO) which fell about 11% to $70.00. The stock’s 52-week range is $69.23 to $95.93. Volume was about 6.5 million compared to the daily average volume of 6.2 million.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close was CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) which traded up 13% at $20.93. The stock’s 52-week range is $13.16 to $22.03. Volume was about 31 million compared to the daily average volume of 8.9 million.