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Stocks search for direction, financials lead sector gains

Yahoo Finance Live's Seana Smith checks out the market and sector action ahead of today's closing bell.

Video Transcript

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SEANA SMITH: It has been a very volatile day for stocks. So let's get you up to speed on what's happening with just about 45 minutes to go until the closing bell. Dow, NASDAQ and S&P now trading to the upside. Dow up just about two tenths of a percent. The NASDAQ holding onto gains, up about a tenth of a percent far today.

The S&P also moving to the upside, approaching that very critical 4,000 level. A number of analysts on the shows over the past couple of days talking about the importance of 4,000 when it comes to the S&P. Also, the action in the bond market is important to point out. The two-year note jumping to the upside as well as the 10-year. The 10 year right now at 329.

And certainly, we have seen this upward trend over the last month or two as we take a look at a longer term chart. We can see that trend to the upside in the 10-year. On a sector basis, taking a look at the winners and losers here in the final hour of trading. Financials by far the leader today, followed by health care and materials. In terms of what's lagging, we have consumer staples, communications, and utilities. Dave.