Major Indexes Notch Second Straight Weekly Wins

Oil surged double digits for the week

Managing Editor
Mar 25, 2022 at 4:33 PM
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The Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq all managed to log their second-straight weekly wins, brushing off a volatile tech sector and continued tensions between Ukraine and Russia. Wall Street was also keeping close watch on the hawkish comments that came from the Fed earlier this week, and pending home sales fell 4.1% month-over-month. The blue-chip index managed to log a 153-point gain, despite teetering between breakeven for most of the afternoon. Elsewhere, the Cboe Market Volatility Index (VIX) logged its lowest close since Feb. 9.

Continue reading for more on today's market, including:

  • Retail stock jumps higher on board of directors news.
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The Dow Jones Average (DJI - 34,861.24) added 153.3 points, or 0.4% for the day. Intel (INTC) led the gainers with a 6.9% gain, while Nike (NKE) paced laggards with a 0.7% drop. For the week, the blue-chip index added 0.3%.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 4,543.06) added 22.90 points for the day, or 0.5%, while the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 14,169.30) shed 22.54 points, or 0.2% in today's session. For the week the indexes moved 1.8% and 2% higher, respectively.

Lastly, the Cboe Market Volatility Index (VIX - 20.81) lost 0.9 point, or 4% for the day. The market's "fear gauge" sank 12.9% on the week.

Closing Indexes Summary March 25

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats March 25

5 Things To Know Today

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  2. More behind GameStop's (GME) impressive win streak on the charts. (MarketWatch)
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  4. Why this big pharma name just landed analyst praise.
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Earnings March 25

Unusual Options Activity March 25

Oil Surges for the Week on Saudi Arabia Conflict

Supply concerns due to an alleged strike on a Saudi Arabian oil facility sent crude surging for the week, up almost 12%. For the day, black gold added $1.56 or 1.4%, for the now most active, front-month contract May delivery to settle at $113.90.

Gold settled lower to close out the week, as investors continued to keep a close eye on the Fed's hawkish comments and the Ukraine-Russia war. April-dated gold sank $8 or 0.4%, to close at $1,954.20 per ounce for the day, but managed a 1.3% rise for the week.

 

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