December 13, 2018: The S&P 500 closed flat at 2,650.32. The DJIA closed up 0.3% at 24,594.88. Separately, the Nasdaq closed down 0.4% at 7.070.33.
Thursday was a mixed day for the broad U.S. markets. While each of the major averages saw a positive start to the day, it didn’t end like that. Crude oil posted a solid gain on the day. The S&P 500 sectors were more or less split down the middle. The most positive sectors were utilities and real estate up 1.1% and 0.8%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were materials and financials down 1.1%, and 0.8%, respectively.
Crude oil was last seen trading up 3.7% at $53.04.
Gold was last seen trading down 0.3% at $1,246.30.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close was Monster Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ: MNST) which traded down about 7% at $53.53. The stock’s 52-week range is $47.61 to $70.22. Volume was roughly 4.1 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.5 million.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) which rose by more than 7% to $7.22. The stock’s 52-week range is $6.66 to $19.39. Volume was about 207 million compared to the daily average volume of 125 million.