Equity index chop

S&P 500

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) ended the day with a gain of 1.06 points, or 0.01%, and closed at 11,952.97 on Monday. Nineteen of the Dow's thirty index components posted a gain on the day despite the minuscule size of the overall gain in the index. The top performers were Pfizer (PFE) (+1.74%), Bank of America (BAC) (+1.57%), and JP Morgan Chase (JPM) (+1.51%). The weakest performers weighing on the Dow were Caterpillar (CAT) (-1.39%), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) (-1.37%), and Alcoa (AA) (-1.18%).

The S&P 500 ($SPX) fractal gain of 0.85 point, or 0.07%, and closed at 1,271.83. VF Corp. (VFC) (+10.03%) was the strongest percentage performer in the S&P 500 on Monday after announcing plans to purchase Timberland. Other top gainers included Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) (+5.30%), Citigroup (C) (+3.30%), and First Horizon National (FHN) (+3.02%). The weakest percentage performers were Autonation (AN) (-6.54%), Denbury Res. (DNR) (-4.60%), Nabors Inds. (NBR) (-4.29%), and Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) (-4.18%).

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