Dow, S&P 500 Pare Losses, Log Sixth-Straight Win

The S&P 500 is now in the middle of its best winning streak since April 2019

Fernanda Horner
Aug 7, 2020 at 4:37 PM
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It was a wild end to the first trading week of August. All day, the Dow and S&P 500 tried to fight back into the black, only to succeed in the final minutes before the closing bell. Gains of course were capped, as tensions continued to build between the U.S. and China, and the lack of progress over a new round of coronavirus stimulus carried on.

Nevertheless, the Dow and S&P 500 both extended their winning streaks to six, the latter's best winning streak since April 2019. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq cooled off from its seven-day victory lap, with big tech names Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) taking on outsized losses. At the end of the day, though, all three benchmarks logged solid weekly wins.

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    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 27,433.48) gained 46.5 points, or 0.2% for the day, and 3.8% for the week. American Express (AXP) finished with a 3.2% jump, pacing the 20 gainers. Merck & Co (MRK) paced the 10 laggards with a less than 1% fall.

    Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Index (SPX - 3,351.28) added 2.1 points, or 0.1% for the day, and 2.4% for the week. The Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 11,010.98) dropped 97.1 points, or 0.9% for today's session, but was higher 2.5% for the week.

    Lastly, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 22.21) lost 0.4 point, or 1.9%, for the day.

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    Gold Finally Snaps Record-Breaking Streak

    Oil futures managed to secure a weekly win of 2.1%, despite finishing lower on Friday amid tensions between the U.S. and China over the banning of TikTok. September-dated crude was down 73 cents, or 1.7%, to end at $41.22 a barrel. 

    Meanwhile, gold finally snapped its historic five-session winning streak of record closes, though it still finished the week well above the $2,000 mark. Gold for December, which is the most-active contract, dropped $41.40, or 2%, to settle at $2,028 an ounce. It finished the week with a 2.1% advance.


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