The S&P 500 and Nasdaq surged on Wednesday while the Dow Jones staggered.
The Dow staggered the broader U.S. stock market on Wednesday, as sinking energy and financials shares weighed on the benchmark index.
Wall Street’s leading indices closed mixed, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) declining 85.41 points, or 0.3%, to 32,981.55.
The broad S&P 500 Index (SPY) of large-cap stocks gained 0.4% to close at 3,973.33. Five of the 11 primary sectors ended in the negative area, with information technology climbing 1.5%. Consumer discretionary shares rose 0.8% as a collective.
Meantime, the technology-focused Nasdaq Composite Index (QQQ) advanced 1.5% to settle at 13,246.87.
A measure of indicated volatility recognised as the CBOE VIX (VXX) fell on Wednesday, reversing some of its early-week gains. The so-called “market fear index” moved an intraday low of 18.85 on a scale of 1-100, where 20 outlines the past average. It would ultimately settle down 1.6% at 19.30.
In commodities, oil prices settled on Wednesday, with U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures tumbling $1.21, or 2%, to $59.34 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent, the international futures contract, fell 60 cents or 0.9% to $63.54 a barrel.
In precious metals, gold prices bounced sharply on Wednesday, as the June futures contract rose $21.40, or 1.3%, to $1,707.40 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Silver futures climbed 30 cents, or 1.3%, to $24.44 a troy ounce.
The conclusion: U.S. stocks resume to trade near record highs, encouraged by optimism that the economy is healing from the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 30.4 million Covid cases have been listed in the United States, though the infection pace continues to decline from earlier levels.
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