Wall St flat on last trading day of 2016
Fri Dec 30 2016
Nikki Bailey (1053 articles)

Wall St flat on last trading day of 2016

Wall Street was flat after the open on the last trading day of 2016 due to losses across most sectors, but was still on track to record hefty gains for the year. The S&P is on track to rise nearly 10 percent this year, the Nasdaq 8.3 percent and the Dow 13.7 percent.

The markets have shown surprising resilience to major political events, such as Britain’s vote in June to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president in November.

U.S. stocks, which had not priced in a Trump victory in the run-up to the vote, marked a series of record highs on bets that his policies would spur growth.

“The prospects of growth took center stage this year, with investors hoping that the new political phenomenon will spur the economy,” said Adam Sarhan, chief executive officer at 50 Park Investments in Orlando, Florida.

This year also stands in stark contrast to 2015 when a steep drop in oil prices left the S&P 500 and the Dow nursing losses. The commodity bounced back by more than 50 percent for its best year since 2009, partly due to a deal by major producers to limit supply.

At 9:39 a.m. ET the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was down 3.64 points, or 0.02 percent, at 19,816.14. The S&P 500 .SPX was down 1.26 points, or 0.05 percent, at 2,248. The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was down 3.64 points, or 0.07 percent, at 5,428.45. Eight of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors were lower, with utilities .SPLRCU and telecom services .SPLRCL taking the biggest hit. Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 1,452 to 1,094. On the Nasdaq, 1,123 issues fell and 1,092 advanced. The S&P 500 index showed one new 52-week high and no new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 17 new highs and 10 new lows.

Nikki Bailey

Nikki Bailey

Nikki Bailey reports on US Stocks. She covers also economy and related aspects. She has been tracking US Stock markets for several years now. She is based in New York

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