Stocks Ended Aug. 5, 2016
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Equities closed in positive territory to open the month of August. The index posted a 0.65% return for the week and has gained 8.19% YTD.  Oil continued a bear market decline heading into Wednesday, but rallied from Tuesday's close of $39.51 to $41.80 at the close on Friday. Stocks followed oil's move starting on Wednesday after crossing the $40 a barrel mark. The NASDAQ Composite Index closed at a record high on Friday. Investors demanding risker assets have piled into technology and biotech companies as fears of a US recession, driven by a slowdown in global growth, have subsided. The NASDAQ Composite's record close has improved investors outlook as the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average have also moved past last year's highs. Momentum should remain a driver for stocks now that the major indexes continue to exceed their high watermarks. The information technology sector was the best performing sector with a 1.74% return. The financials and industrials sectors followed with 1.53% and 0.43% returns, respectively. The utilities sector -2.64% return was the worst performance of all the sectors and was followed by telecommunication services at -1.82%. Mallinckrodt PLC., a pharmaceutical manufacturer, turned in the best performance in the S&P 500 Index with an 18.79% gain.  The company announced Q3 earnings on Tuesday and the stock jumped 14.16% on the news. The next two best performers were Ball Corp and Teredata Corp with returns of 12.00% and 11.17%, respectively.
Posted on Monday, August 8, 2016 @ 8:07 AM

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