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Julie Young
Julie Young
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US Indexes Close Higher Friday

Nasdaq up 18.94% for the year

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 27,173.96 on Friday with a gain of 358.52 points or 1.34%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,298.46 for a gain of 51.87 points or 1.60%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 10,913.56 for a gain of 241.30 points or 2.26%. The VIX Volatility Index was lower at 26.38 for a loss of 2.13 points or -7.47%.

For the week, the Nasdaq gained 1.2%, the S&P 500 was down -0.6% and the Dow Jones was down -1.7%. For the year, the Nasdaq has a gain of 18.94%, the S&P 500 is up 2.09% and the Dow Jones is down -6.04%.

Friday's Market Movers

The major U.S. indexes ended higher for a second day Friday, with only the Nasdaq posting a gain for the week. Across sectors, the Nasdaq Biotech Index reported a gain of 2.13%.

Johnson and Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) reported positive results on its Covid-19 vaccine trials. In the Nasdaq Biotech Index, Kodiak Sciences (NASDAQ:KOD) led gains with a return of 10.89% and Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INO) followed with a gain of 10.21%.

In the S&P 500, the following stocks led Friday's gains:

In other news:

  • Durable goods orders increased 0.4% in August, following an increase of 11.7%. Durable goods orders excluding transportation increased 0.4% and durable goods orders excluding defense increased 0.7%.
  • According to the Baker Hughes weekly oil rig count, oil rigs increased by six in the U.S., by seven in Canada and by four internationally.

Small-Cap Stocks

In small-caps, the Russell 2000 closed at 1,474.91 for a gain of 23.09 points or 1.59%. The S&P 600 closed at 834.93 for a gain of 8.13 points or 0.98%. The Dow Jones U.S. Small-Cap Growth Index closed at 10,455.80 for a gain of 178.55 points or 1.74%. The Dow Jones U.S. Small-Cap Value Index closed at 6,658.19 for a gain of 72.08 points or 1.09%.

Other Notable Indexes

Other notable index closes included the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index at 1,817.27 for a gain of 24.96 points or 1.39%; the S&P 100 at 1,529.00 for a gain of 24.50 points or 1.63%; the Nasdaq 100 at 11,151.13 for a gain of 254.66 points or 2.34%; the Russell 3000 at 1,929.70 for a gain of 31.86 points or 1.68%; the Russell 1000 at 1,836.41 for a gain of 30.41 points or 1.68%; the Wilshire 5000 at 33,703.57 for a gain of 560.71 points or 1.69%; and the Dow Jones US Select Dividend Index at 576.96 for a gain of 6.75 points or 1.18%.

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About the author:

Julie Young
Julie Young is a financial writer with comprehensive experience in the financial services industry. She writes about investments, investment products, financial market news and economic trends. Julie has a Master of Science in finance from Boston College and a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Arkansas.

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