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Dow Jones Leads Market Gains on Thursday

- By Julie Young

U.S. market indexes were mixed on Thursday. For the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 20810.32 for a gain of 34.72 points or 0.17%. The S&P 500 closed at 2363.81 for a gain of 0.99 points or 0.04%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 5835.51 for a loss of -25.12 points or -0.43%. The VIX Volatility Index was lower for the day at 11.71 for a loss of -0.03 points or -0.26%.

Thursday's market movers

Economic reports affecting market trading on Thursday included the following:

  • Jobless claims increased by 6,000 to 244,000.
  • The Chicago Fed National Activity Index decreased to -0.05 from 0.18.
  • The FHFA House Price Index reported a monthly increase of 0.4%.
  • The EIA Petroleum Status report showed an increase in oil inventory of 0.6 million barrels.

In the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the following stocks led gains:

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) 1.82%

Pfizer (PFE) 1.40%

Verizon (VZ) 1.29%

UnitedHealth (UNH) 1.26%

ExxonMobil (XOM) 1.05%

In the broad market, gains were led by utilities. Technology was lower with the S&P 500 technology sector down 0.02%.

Small-cap stocks

In small-caps, the Russell 2000 Index closed at 1394.62 for a loss of -9.23 points or -0.66%. The S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 853.13 for a loss of -6.02 points or -0.70%. The Dow Jones Small-Cap Growth TSM Index closed at 8290.85 for a loss of -65.57 points or -0.78%. The Dow Jones Small-Cap Value TSM Index closed at 9869.60 for a loss of -50.19 points or -0.51%.

Other notable indexes

Other notable index closes included the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index at 1734.42 for a loss of -8.23 points or -0.47%; the S&P 100 Index at 1047.10 for a gain of 1.96 points or 0.19%; the Russell 3000 Index at 1403.65 for a loss of -0.90 points or -0.06%; the Russell 1000 Index at 1311.56 for a loss of -0.18 points or -0.01%; and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index at 655.91 for a gain of 2.02 points or 0.31%.

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