February 14, 2019: The S&P 500 closed down 0.3% at 2,745.68. The DJIA closed down 0.4% at 25,438.99. Separately, the Nasdaq closed flat at 7,426.95.
Thursday was a down 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 more or less split down the middle. The most positive sectors were energy and real estate up 0.6% each. The worst performing sectors were financials and consumer staples down 0.9% each.
Crude oil was last seen up 1.2% at $54.57.
Gold was last seen trading flat at $1,315.00.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close was CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) which traded down 13% at $12.78. The stock’s 52-week range is $12.74 to $24.20. Volume was about 86.2 million compared to the daily average volume of 14.1 million.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) which rose by about 9% to $16.92. The stock’s 52-week range is $12.57 to $24.20. Volume was about 34.5 million compared to the daily average volume of 20.95 million.
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