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- By Julie Young
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 30,409.56 on Wednesday with a gain of 73.89 points or 0.24%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,732.04 for a gain of 5.00 points or 0.13%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 12,870.00 for a gain of 19.78 points or 0.15%. The VIX Volatility Index was lower at 22.77 for a loss of 0.31 points or -1.34%.
Wednesday's Market Movers
U.S. stocks ended mostly higher Wednesday. The Treasury reported that they began dispensing $600 stimulus checks on Tuesday evening, with the expectations of all deposits and checks sent by mid-January.
In other news:
FAANG stocks traded lower after France resume digital tech taxes
AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:AZN) vaccine approved in the U.K.
The international goods trade balance for November was -$84.82 billion
Wholesale inventories decreased -0.1% in November
Retail inventories increased 0.7% in November
The Chicago Purchasing Managers Index increased to 59.5 in December from 58.2
Pending home sales decreased -2.6% in November and -16.4% year over year
Crude oil inventory was down -6.1 million barrels, according to the EIA's Weekly Petroleum Status Report
The Treasury held auctions for 105-day bills at a rate of 0.090% and 154-day bills at a rate of 0.090%
The Baker Hughes oil rig count showed an increase of three rigs in the U.S., a decrease of -23 rigs in Canada and an increase of 13 rigs internationally
BioNano Genomics (NASDAQ:BNGO) was up 57.89%
Clovis Oncology (NASDAQ:CLVS) was up 10.56%
Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) was up 5.52%
Disney (NYSE:DIS) was up 2.12%
In small-caps, the Russell 2000 closed at 1,979.99 for a gain of 20.63 points or 1.05%. The S&P 600 closed at 1,118.01 for a gain of 10.66 points or 0.96%. The Dow Jones U.S. Small-Cap Growth Index closed at 13,831.01 for a gain of 145.02 points or 1.06%. The Dow Jones U.S. Small-Cap Value Index closed at 9,016.99 for a gain of 85.06 points or 0.95%.
Other Notable Indexes
Other notable index closes included the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index at 2,302.88 for a gain of 18.89 points or 0.83%; the S&P 100 at 1,711.35 for a loss of 1.87 points or -0.11%; the Nasdaq 100 at 12,845.36 for a gain of 1.87 points or 0.015%; the Russell 3000 at 2,237.76 for a gain of 5.75 points or 0.26%; the Russell 1000 at 2,109.72 for a gain of 4.27 points or 0.20%; the Wilshire 5000 at 39,036.46 for a gain of 90.00 points or 0.23%; and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index at 682.37 for a gain of 4.55 points or 0.67%.
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