The S&P 500 ($SPX) loss of 35.33 points, or 2.94%, and closed at 1,166.76. The top percentage performers in the index were Hewlett Packard (HPQ) (+6.72%), Range Res. Corp. (RRC) (+4.73%), Oracle (ORCL) (+4.20%), and General Mills (GIS) (+2.53%). None of the S&P's industry groups managed a gain. The top individual decliners were Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) (-17.16%), Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) (-12.82%), Morgan Stanley (MS) (-8.60%), and Leucadia Natl. Corp. (LUK) (-8.52%).
The Nasdaq Composite ($COMPX) ended the session lower by 52.05 points, or 2.01%, on Wednesday and it closed at 2,538.19. The strongest performers in the Nasdaq-100 ($NDX) were Liberty Media Corp. (LINTA) (+8.12%), Oracle (ORCL) (+4.20%), Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) (+2.17%), and Netapp Inc. (NTAP) (+1.79%). The weakest performers were Illumina Inc. (ILMN) (-7.36%), First Solar (FSLR) (-7.18%), Joy Global (JOYG) (-7.16%), and Virgin Media (VMED) (-5.70%).
Nasdaq Composite (Figure 3)
Unless otherwise stated, the index action described in this article relates to the E-mini futures contracts for the respective indices. Actual index action may differ slightly in terms of pattern formation, although the market bias will remain the same.
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