Dow's Frantic Rally Falls Short, Logs Weekly Loss

The Dow erased a 628-point deficit at one point

Fernanda Horner
Sep 4, 2020 at 4:37 PM
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It was a dramatic end to the first week of September. After spending most of Friday still reeling from a monstrous tech sell-off, the Dow pared a 628-point deficit and even clawed back into positive territory later in the day, only to pivot lower again by the closing bell. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq and S&P 500 closed deep in the red for a second-straight day, and ended their worst week since March 20 and June 26, respectively. All three indexes turned in weekly losses, while Wall Street's "fear gauge," the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX), climbed to its highest point since June 15 on its way to back-to-back weekly wins.

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    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 28,133.31) dropped 159.4 points, or 0.6% for the day, and 1.8% for the week. JPMorgan Chase (JPM) finished with a 2.2% jump, pacing the 11 gainers. Salesforce.com (CRM) paced the 19 laggards with a 3.9% fall.

    Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Index (SPX - 3,426.96) shaved off 28.1 points, or 0.8% for the day, and 2.3% for the week. The Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 11,313.13) fell 145 points, or 1.3% for today's session, and 3.3% for the week.

    Lastly, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 30.75) lost 2.6 points, or 8.5%, for the day. It added 33.9% for the week.

    Closing Indexes Summary Sept 4
    NYSE and Nasdaq Stats Sept4

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    Oil, Gold Post Weekly Losses As U.S. Dollar Climbs

    Oil futures finished lower on Friday. The decline can be attributed to demand concerns, U.S equity losses, and a stronger dollar, all of which helped push prices down below $40 for the first time since July. As a result, October-dated crude was down $1.60, or 3%, to end at $39.77 a barrel for the day. Black gold closed down 7.9% for the week.

    Meanwhile, gold prices ended lower for the third consecutive session, after today's better-than-expected employment data propped up the dollar. Gold for December, the most-active contract, shaved $3.50, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,934.30 an ounce. It finished the week with a 2% loss.


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