April 5th 2020
Mainly due a weak Friday, U.S. stocks ended the week with relatively moderate declines (considering the “new normal” of high volatility on most days). For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 2.7%, to finish at 21,052.53. The blue-chip index is down 28.8% from its closing high on Feb. 12 and down 26.2% so far in 2020. The S&P 500 recorded a weekly loss of 2.1 percent and closed at 2,488.65. The benchmark index has now fallen 26.5% from its closing high on Feb. 19 and is down 23% so far in 2020. The Nasdaq fell 1.7 percent for the week to close at 7,373.08. The tech-heavy index is down 24.9% from its record close on Feb. 19 and down 17.8% so far in 2020. Three key S&P sectors succeeded to close in positive territory for the week, led by the energy sector. Utilities was the biggest decliner. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded near 47.