December 31st 2017
The three U.S. indexes finished the final week of the year with small losses. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 0.1 percent for the week to end at 24,732. The blue-chip index is 10.4 percent up for the fourth quarter and recorded a yearly gain of 25.1 percent. The S&P 500 declined 0.3 percent to 2,674 in the holiday-shortened week, after completing the fourth quarter with 6.1 percent and the year with a 19.4 percent gain. The Nasdaq lost 0.8 percent for the week to finish at 6,903. The tech-heavy gained 6.3 percent in the fourth quarter and 28.3 percent in 2017. All three indexes ended in positive territory in December, with the S&P 500 and Dow clinching their 9th straight monthly gain. That marks the longest streak for the Dow since 1959. While, the Nasdaq notched its sixth straight annual gain, its longest streak since the one between 1975 and 1980. Among the key S&P sectors, utilities was the best weekly performer, while technology dragged. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded near 15.68.