Stocks and Securities
Even though, trade war continues to weigh on investors minds stocks continued to rally Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.0% and finished the day at a new all-time high for the first time since January 26. As for the other major indexes, the S&P 500 closed at a new record, finishing with a gain of 0.8%, the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 1.0% to finish about 1.0% off its August 29 record; and the small-cap Russell 2000 climbed 1.0%, closing just within 1.2% of its all-time high.
Overall, 10 of 11 sectors finished the session in the green. After tech, the materials finished +1.1%, consumer staples finished +1.2%, and health care finished +0.9%. The influential financial sector (+0.8%) also finished strong, even though yields fell from multi-month highs. The benchmark 10-yr yield, for instance, slipped one basis point to 3.08% after hitting a four-month high on Wednesday.
All sectors finished in the green except for the oil-sensitive energy sector, which finished with a loss of 0.1%. A decline in the price of crude oil weighed on energy shares was attributed to President Trump criticizing OPEC on Thursday morning, saying the “OPEC monopoly must get [oil] prices down now!” WTI crude futures lost 0.6%, closing at $70.26/bbl.
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