Stock indexes push higher but face tough resistance

Index Wrap-up

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) ended the day on Monday with a gain of 85.15 points, or 0.71%, and closed at 12,068.39. Twenty-four of the Dow's index's thirty components posted a gain. The top performers were Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) (+3.37%), Home Depot (HD) (+2.61%), and Intel (INTC) (+2.27%). The weakest were Alcoa (AA) (-1.65%) and Caterpillar (CAT) (-0.77%).

The S&P 500 ($SPX) finished the session with a gain of 7.89 points, or 0.63%, and closed at 1,261.12. The strongest individual percentage performers in the index were Amgen (AMGN) (+5.91%), Pulte Group (PHM) (+4.74%), Express Scripts (ESRX) (+4.16%), and Nabors Industries (NBR) (+4.01%). The weakest were Quanta Services (PWR) (-4.06%), MEMC Electronic Materials (WFR) (-4.05%), and First Solar (FSLR) (-3.73%).

The Nasdaq Composite ($COMPX) ended the session higher by 9.10 points, or 0.34%, on Monday and it closed at 2,695.25. The top index components in the Nasdaq-100 ($NDX) were Warner Chilcott (WCRX) (+6.11%), Amgen (AMGN) (+5.91%), Express Scripts (ESRX) (+4.16%), and Yahoo (YHOO) (+2.95%). The weakest were Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) (-9.31%), First Solar (FSLR) (-3.73%), and Electronic Arts (ERTS) (-2.82%).

S&P 500 (Figure 2)

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