July 19th 2020
U.S. stocks finished the week mostly with hefty gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.3% for the week to close at 26,671.95, whereas the S&P 500 advanced 2.3% in the same time period to finish at 3,224.73. Both averages posted their third straight weekly gain. However, the tech’s struggle this week led to a pronounced divergence between the Nasdaq and two other major indexes. Hence, the tech-heavy index fell 1.1% for its first weekly loss in three to close at 10,503.19. Most key S&P sectors finished higher, led by industrials, while the technology sector ended in the red. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded lower, near 25.7.