S&P 500 Nabs Record Close; Nasdaq Ekes Out 7-Straight

The S&P 500 notched yet another record close, thanks in part to chip-name Nvidia's (NVDA) outperformance, which helped the company surpass Microsoft (MSFT) in terms of valuation. The tech-heavy Nasdaq clung to its lead, eking out a 7th-straight gain and record close of its own. Meanwhile, the Dow settled slightly above breakeven, as Wall Street digested weak retail sales data.

Closing Indexes Summary June 18

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats June 18

Corporate Earnings June 18

Unusual Options Activity June 18


OIL MARKS 7-WEEK HIGH ON DEMAND INCREASE

Oil enjoyed a surge to its highest mark since April, on the back of increased crude demand. July-dated West Intermediate (WTI) crude rose $1.24, or 1.5%, to settle at $81.57 per barrel.

Retail sales data and lower Treasury yields sent gold higher this afternoon. The most-active, August-dated gold closed 0.7% higher near $2,344.10 an ounce.


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