Wall Street Nabs 6th-Straight Weekly Win

Upbeat consumer sentiment data gave the market a boost

Deputy Editor
Dec 8, 2023 at 4:24 PM
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Stocks rose on Friday, with all three major indexes securing their sixth-straight weekly wins. Coming into today, it looked like the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) was the only benchmark that would mark a weekly gain, but the S&P 500 (SPX) hit a fresh 2023 high in today's trading, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed the day with a triple-digit lead. Consumer sentiment data lifted investor spirits today, although Treasury yields are still surging after this morning's nonfarm payrolls report. 

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    Oil Marks Longest Weekly Losing Streak Since 2018

    Oil snapped a six-day losing streak today, though still logged a seventh-straight weekly decline -- its longest losing streak since 2018. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for January delivery added $1.89, or 2.7%, to settle at $71.23 a barrel for the day, and finished the week 3.8% lower. 

    Gold prices fell today, as the U.S. dollar strengthened in the wake of the strong jobs data. December-dated gold futures fell $31.90, or 1.6%, to settle at $2,014.50 an ounce. For the week, prices fell 3.6%, despite the safe-haven asset notching record highs early in the week -- their first weekly loss since Nov. 10. 


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