October 19, 2018: The S&P 500 closed flat at 2,767.57. The DJIA closed up 0.2% at 25,441.56. Separately, the Nasdaq closed down 0.5% at 7,449.03.
Friday was a mixed day for the broad U.S. markets. The major averages calmed down on Friday after a tumultuous week. Crude oil rebounded slightly in the session. The S&P 500 sectors more or less split down the middle. The most positive sectors were consumer staples and utilities up 2.4%, and 1.7%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were energy and consumer discretionary down 0.7% and 0.8%, respectively.
Crude oil was last seen trading up 1.0% at $69.30.
Gold was last seen trading flat at $1,229.30.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE: VLO) which fell by over 10% to $92.66. The stock’s 52-week range is $75.84 to $126.98. Volume was about 10.8 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.8 million.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close was The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE: IPG) which traded up about 10% at $24.70. The stock’s 52-week range is $18.30 to $26.01. Volume was about 12 million compared to the daily average volume of 4.3 million.