February 20, 2019: The S&P 500 closed flat at 2,784.96. The DJIA closed up 0.3% at 25,958.10. Separately, the Nasdaq closed flat at 7,489.07.
Wednesday was a relatively positive day for the broad U.S. markets. We are now reaching the point in earnings season where more retailers will be reporting. Walmart led the Dow to start the truncated trading week on Tuesday. Crude oil also saw a nice gain for the day. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive. The most positive sectors were materials and financials up 1.7% and 0.6%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were real estate and health care, down 0.6% and 0.2%, respectively.
Crude oil was last seen up 1.4% at $56.90.
Gold was last seen trading flat at $1,342.70.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close was CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) which traded down about 8% at $64.22. The stock’s 52-week range is $60.14 to $82.15. Volume was about 41 million compared to the daily average volume of 10.3 million.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN) which rose by about 17% to $83.06. The stock’s 52-week range is $57.01 to $83.30. Volume was about 8 million compared to the daily average volume of about 1 million.