US Stocks Finished Flat to Unchanged on a Positive Week

US Stocks Finished Flat to Unchanged on a Positive Week

US Stocks Finished Flat to Unchanged on a Positive Week


The S&P 500 eased a bit Friday, ending a 6-day run of record highs as the 1st monthly decliner in US NFPs in 7 years dampened sentiment and pharmacy shares fell on Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) competition concerns.

The benchmark’s slight decline follow a 6-day run of record closing highs, its longest since Y 1997.

The NAS Comp ended up for a 9th day running, and set its 6th straight record high closing, its longest such streak since 7 records in February.

The Labor Department’s jobs report showed NFPs (nonfarm payrolls) fell by 33,000 in September as hurricanes Harvey and Irma left displaced workers temporarily unemployed and delayed hiring.

A bright spot was a better-than-expected rise in average wages.

  • September Jobs Report shows a decrease of 33,000 in NFPs and an increase of 0.5% in average hourly earnings

The CBOE Volatility (VIX) Index (NYSEArca:VXX) bounced sharply after setting a record low close Thursday session.

On the week, the S&P 500 rose 1.2%, the DJIA added 1.6% and the NAS Comp gained 1.5%.

Adding to the day’s concerns was a report that NKorea is preparing to test a long-range missile, and that the US military are ready and waiting for it. Let’s see what happens.

S&P energy index declined 0.8% as Crude Oil prices fell on profit taking and the return of oversupply worries.

Friday, the US major stock market indexes finished flat to unchanged at: DJIA -1.72 at 22773.67, NAS Comp +4.82 at 6590.18, S&P 500 -2.74 at 2549.33

Volume: Trade on the NYSE came in at a moderate to light number of 728-M/shares exchanged

Decliners outnumbered advancers on the NYSE by a 1.74-to-1 ratio

  • NAS Comp +22.4% YTD
  • DJIA +15.2% YTD
  • S&P 500 +13.9% YTD
  • Russell 2000 +11.3% YTD
HeffX-LTN Analysis for DIA: Overall Short Intermediate Long
Very Bullish (0.56) Very Bullish (0.60) Very Bullish (0.69) Bullish (0.38)
HeffX-LTN Analysis for SPY: Overall Short Intermediate Long
Bullish (0.41) Neutral (0.21) Very Bullish (0.60) Bullish (0.42)
HeffX-LTN Analysis for QQQ: Overall Short Intermediate Long
Bullish (0.39) Bullish (0.46) Bullish (0.31) Bullish (0.40)
HeffX-LTN Analysis for VXX: Overall Short Intermediate Long
Bearish (-0.47) Bearish (-0.26) Bearish (-0.48) Very Bearish (-0.67)

Have a terrific weekend

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