The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained amid first-quarter earnings reports from nearly 900 companies, including several of the average’s largest component companies (Caterpillar Inc., 3M Co., McDonald’s Corp., E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company) that reported favorable results.
The major indexes ended the day essentially flat and the week lower.
The major indexes ended the day with losses and the week in positive territory on a Friday that also marked the end of the month and quarter.
The major indexes ended the day mixed and the week in negative territory as investors paused while changes to health care policy were debated in Washington.
The major indexes ended the day mostly flat to lower despite encouraging reports on leading measures of economic activity.
The major indexes ended the day higher as enthusiasm for a favorable February U.S. employment report outweighed concerns about falling commodity prices. The indexes ended the week lower.
The major indexes ended the day essentially flat as Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Janet Yellen lent credence to expectations of a federal funds rate increase later this month. The indexes ended the week higher.
Stocks pulled back with most of the 11 major S&P sectors trending lower, led by consumer discretionary. Utilities and consumer staples, traditionally defensive sectors, were higher.
The major indexes ended on the positive side of the ledger for the day—after spending most of it in negative territory—and ended the week higher.