February 25th 2018
U.S. stocks posted modest gains for a second straight week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.4 percent from the prior Friday’s close to end at 25,309.99. The blue-chip index has been up for two straight weeks, representing its largest two week climb, up 4.6 percent, since Nov. 18, 2016. The S&P 500 added 0.6 percent over the week to end at 2,747.30. The two straight weeks of gains for the equity index, up 2.9 percent over that period, are its most since Feb. 13, 2015. The Nasdaq advanced 1.4 percent from the week-ago close to 7,337.39 and booked its best two-week stretch, up 6.7 percent, since Oct. 31, 2014. Most key S&P sectors ended in positive territory for the week, led by technology. Consumer Staples and health care were the only decliners on the week. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded near 16.5.