March 1, 2019: The S&P 500 closed up 0.7% at 2,803.90. The DJIA closed up 0.4% at 26,028.69. Separately, the Nasdaq closed up 0.8% at 7,595.35.
Friday was a positive day for the broad U.S. markets. We saw most of the major retailers post earnings this week, culminating in an overall positive week for the broad markets with the S&P 500 reaching over 2,800 and the Dow over 26,000 on Friday. Crude oil backed off in the session. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive. The most positive sectors were health care and energy up 1.4% and 1.3%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were consumer staples and real estate, down 0.3% and 0.1%, respectively.
Crude oil was last seen down 2.5% at $55.79.
Gold was last seen trading down 1.8% at $1,292.30.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close was Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA) which traded down about 6% at $66.62. The stock’s 52-week range is $59.07 to $86.31. Volume was about 9 million compared to the daily average volume of 6 million.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Dentsply Sirona Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY) which rose by about 18% to $49.13. The stock’s 52-week range is $33.93 to $58.60. Volume was nearly 10 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.2 million.