February 13, 2019: The S&P 500 closed up 0.3% at 2,751.76. The DJIA closed up 0.4% at 25,525.51. Separately, the Nasdaq closed flat at 7,420.38.
Wednesday 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 moved higher for the day. The S&P 500 sectors were almost entirely positive. The most positive sectors were energy and real estate up 1.2% and 0.7%, respectively. The worst performing sector was utilities down 0.4%.
Crude oil was last seen up 1.8% at $54.04.
Gold was last seen trading down 0.4% at $1,309.30.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close was DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH) which traded down about 8% at $28.84. The stock’s 52-week range is $23.22 to $46.30. Volume was about 13 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.3 million.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) which rose by about 7% to $44.54. The stock’s 52-week range is $39.85 to $84.68. Volume was about 51 million compared to the daily average volume of 12.3 million.