S&P 500 Scrapes Together Record Close, Dow Ekes Out Win

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq both logged solid weekly wins

Deputy Editor
Jun 11, 2021 at 4:34 PM
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After a day spent clinging close to its breakeven, the S&P 500 managed to eke out a win on Friday, just barely logging its second-straight record closing high. The Nasdaq also settled slightly higher, and both indexes notched weekly wins. The Dow, meanwhile, turned positive within the final few minutes trading, though it suffered a loss for the week. Tech stocks saw a resurgence today, while a drop in the 10-year Treasury yield to a three-month low, helped boost sentiment on Wall Street. 

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The Dow Jones Average (DJI - 34,479.60) added 13.4 points, or 0.04% for the day, but lost 0.8% for the week. American Express (AXP) led the Dow components with a 1.4% rise, while Caterpillar (CAT) paced the laggards, falling 2.2%.

Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Index (SPX - 4,247.44) added 8.3 points, or 0.2% for the day, and 0.4% for the week. The Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 14,069.42) added 49.1 points, or 0.4% for the day, and 1.9% for the week. The former logged its third-straight weekly win, while the latter just strung together four weeks of consecutive gains. 

Lastly, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 15.65) dropped 0.5 point, or 2.8%, and shed 4.7% for the week.

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EIA Prediction Sends Oil Prices Even Higher

Oil prices strung on another close above the $70 level on Friday, buoyed by comments from the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicting that oil demand will return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022. The agency added that producers will need to up their production output to keep up with the demand. July-dated crude added 62 cents, or 0.9%, to settle at $70.91 per barrel, with an almost 1.9% rise for the week.

Gold prices fell to their lowest level in over a week, while the dollar hardened, and short-term futures traders began to take profits. August-dated gold dipped $16.80 cents, or 0.9%, to settle at $1,879.60 an ounce for the day, with a 0.7% drop for the week. 

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