More Record Closes As VIX Extends Losing Streak

The three major indexes saw more record closes on Thursday, in addition to fourth-straight daily gains. An upbeat forecast and quarterly results from Micron Technology (MU) helped fuel wins, lifting chip stocks and lending strength to the broader tech sector. Traders also remained confident that interest rate cuts are coming this year. Elsewhere, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) saw its fourth consecutive session in the red and settled at its lowest level since Feb. 8.

Closing Indexes Summary March 21

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats March 21

Corporate Earnings March 21

Unusual Options Activity March 21


OIL LOWER ON ENERGY DEMAND OUTLOOK

Oil prices settled lower on Thursday, as the outlook for energy demand grew dim. The now front-month May-dated West Texas Intermediate (WTI) shed 20 cents, or 0.2%, to settle at $81.07 per barrel on the day.

Gold prices settled higher, still enjoying tailwinds from the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision. April-dated gold added $23.70, or 1.1%, to settle at $2,184.70 per ounce on the day.


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