"We ended this holiday-shortened week in a very quiet fashion, with the market not doing much of anything," observed Schaeffer's Senior Equity Analyst Joe Bell, CMT. "After a strong bounce late last week that carried into this week, we saw the momentum stall, and the market take a bit of a breather. With no major economic or earnings reports released, there wasn't too much to drive the market either way." Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI), S&P 500 Index (SPX), and Nasdaq Composite (COMP) all notched solid weekly gains.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 16,478.41) shot higher out of the gate -- reaching an all-time intraday peak of 16,529.01 within the first five minutes of the session -- but ended 1.5 points, or 0.01%, lower on the day. For the week, however, the blue-chip bellwether added 1.6%. The Dow's 14 advancers were led by Cisco Systems, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:CSCO) 1% gain, while The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) paced the 14 laggards with a loss of 1%. General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) and E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE:DD) remained unchanged.
The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1,841.40) also touched a record intraday peak, hitting 1,844.89 shortly after the opening bell, but finished with a slight loss of 0.6 point, or 0.03%. Meanwhile, although the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 4,156.59) tagged a 13-year intraday high of 4,175.36, it shed 10.6 points, or 0.3%, for the session. On a weekly basis, the indexes each tacked on 1.3%.
Elsewhere, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 12.46) spent most of the day in the green, and was 0.1 point, or 1.1%, higher by the closing bell. Week-over-week, the "fear barometer" dropped 9.6%.
A Trader's Take:
"Although the day was pretty slow and uneventful, let us not forgot how strong the market has been over the past several trading days," said Bell. "The Dow had six consecutive positive days, and the SPX was positive in four of the last six days."
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