Apple led a busy week of earnings by crushing estimates as users clambered for new iPhones. Most other companies also had strong results — especially chip makers and industrials.
The S&P 500 rose 1.8 percent between Thursday, December 31, and Friday, January 8. It was the biggest weekly gain since late November. planting the index above 3,800 for the first time ever. The Nasdaq-100, Russell 2000 and Dow Jones Industrial Average also hit new records.
In a little over six months, the stock price increased from a closing low of US$31.73 in December 2018, to reach a high close of US$43.20 on July 11. That’s a healthy 36% rise, which is clearly nothing to sneeze at.
The biggest decliner in the S&P 500 today, for instance, was Mylan (MYL). Disappointing results, manufacturing problems and weak demand hammered the drug maker 24 percent. That was its worst decline in at least a decade
The S&P 500 rose 1.2 percent between Friday, April 19, and Friday, April 26. The index also closed at a new all-time high of 2940, with technology and the Nasdaq-100 still leading the charge.