January 23, 2019: The S&P 500 closed up 0.2% at 2,638.73. The DJIA closed up 0.7% at 24,576.16. Separately, the Nasdaq closed flat at 7,025.77.
Wednesday was a positive day for the broad U.S. markets. Although earnings season is just starting, there wasn’t enough positive momentum to pull the markets up to start out the week. Crude oil continued to back off in the session. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive. The most positive sectors were consumer staples and utilities up 1.1% and 0.9%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were energy and materials, down 1.0%, and 0.8%, respectively.
Crude oil was last seen down 0.6% at $52.67.
Gold was last seen trading flat at $1,282.40.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close was Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) which traded down about 7% at $99.79. The stock’s 52-week range is $92.81 to $139.91. Volume was roughly 3.6 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.9 million.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Waters Corp. (NYSE: WAT) which rose by about 12% to $228.58. The stock’s 52-week range is $167.94 to $228.91. Volume was 2.3 million compared to the daily average volume of 624,000.