February 12, 2019: The S&P 500 closed up 1.3% at 2,744.57. The DJIA closed up 1.5% at 25,425.20. Separately, the Nasdaq closed up 1.5% at 7,414.62.
Tuesday was a positive day for the broad U.S. markets. For the most part earnings season is nearly over, and markets seem to have drifted only a little higher after a solid post-December rally. This week we are going to see a few of the earnings stragglers. Crude oil was moved higher for the day. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive. The most positive sectors were materials and consumer discretionary up 2.1% and 1.5%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were real estate and utilities down 0.8% and 0.1%, respectively.
Crude oil was last seen up 1.3% at $53.10.
Gold was last seen trading up 0.2% at $1,314.40.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close was Molson Coors Brewing Co. (NYSE: TAP) which traded down over 9% at $59.19. The stock’s 52-week range is $54.17 to $82.29. Volume was 7.4 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.8 million.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: BHF) which rose by about 14% to $40.68. The stock’s 52-week range is $28.52 to $59.01. Volume was about 3.4 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.4 million.