Dow Outperforms with Fourth Straight Win

The Dow once again outperformed today, while small-caps lagged

Managing Editor
Oct 2, 2018 at 4:36 PM
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U.S. stocks finished the day mixed, as the Dow managed to extend its win streak to a fourth day after hitting a record high above 26,800 in afternoon trading. Leading today's blue-chip surge was Intel (INTC), which rallied up to the site of a descending trendline connecting lower highs back to its June peak. However, weakness in small-cap stocks and across the broader tech sector led to a negative finish for the Nasdaq and S&P.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 26,773.94) finished up 122.7 points, or 0.5%, and earlier touched a fresh all-time peak of 26,824.78. Twenty-three of the 30 Dow components closed in positive territory, led by Intel's 3.6% gain. Nike (NKE) paced the six losers with a 2% drop, and DowDuPont (DWDP) ended flat.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,923.43) fell 1.2 points, or 0.04%, while the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 7,999.55) dropped 37.8 points, or 0.5%, to settle squarely below 8,000.

The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 12.05) edged up 0.05 point, or 0.4%.

closing summary October 2

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats Oct 2

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Corporate Earnings Oct 2

Unusual Options Activity October 2

Data courtesy of Trade-Alert

Gold Rebounds on Italy's Budget Woes

Worries over output in Iran continued to prop up oil prices today, though futures ended slightly lower ahead of tomorrow's U.S. inventories report. November-dated crude remained above the $75 mark and near four-year highs, closing down 7 cents, or 0.09%, at $75.23 per barrel.

Gold futures pushed higher in today's trading as global concerns over Italy's budget continued to rise. December-dated gold picked up $15.30, or 1.3%, to settle at $1,207 an ounce -- its highest close in almost two weeks.

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