The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) was down more than 80 points about an hour into today's session, amid escalating tensions with Russia and disappointing housing data. However, an afternoon recovery allowed the blue-chip bellwether to manage a modest advance by the close. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Index (SPX) charted a similar path to eke out a small win.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 16,982.59) mustered a gain of 22.0 points, or 0.1%, by the close. However, only 14 of its 30 components finished in the black, led by UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH), which added 1.3%. Fifteen stocks posted losses, paced by Microsoft Corporation's (NASDAQ:MSFT) 1.2% dip, while Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) finished flat.
The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1,978.91) ended a mere 0.6 point, or 0.03%, higher. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 4,444.91) performed the worst of the three, shedding 4.7 points, or 0.1%.
The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 12.56) lost 0.1 point, or 1.0%, but still managed to close above 12 for the second day in a row.
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