Stock indexes start year on roller coaster ride

Index Wrap-up

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) ended the day on Wednesday with a gain of 21.04 points, or 0.17%, and closed at 12,418.42. Two-thirds of the Dow's thirty index components posted a gain. The strongest performers were Microsoft (MSFT) (+2.39%), Alcoa (AA) (+2.38%), and Intel (INTC) (+2.32%). The weakest were Verizon (VZ) (-1.31%) and Wal-Mart (WMT) (-1.03%).

The S&P 500 ($SPX) finished the session with a gain of 0.24 points, or 0.02%, and closed at 1,277.30. The top performing industry groups were materials (+3%) and financials (+2.8%). The strongest individual percentage performers in the index were Netflix (NFLX) (+11.36%), Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (COG), and VF Corp. (VFC) (+4.40%). The weakest were Autonation Inc. (AN) (-6.83%), MetroPCS (PCS) (-6.39%), and Tenet Health Care (THC) (-5.44%).

The Nasdaq Composite ($COMPX) ended the session lower by 0.36 points, or 0.36%, on Wednesday and it closed at 2,648.36. The strongest performers in the Nasdaq-100 ($NDX) were Netflix (NFLX) (+11.36%), Micron Tech. (MU) (+3.56%), and Nuance Communications (+2.89%).. The weakest were Electronic Arts (EA) (-4.74%), eBay (EBAY) (-2.77%), and Perrigo Co. (PRGO) (-3.51%).

S&P 500 (Figure 2)

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