U.S. equities finished mixed and near the unchanged mark, as a rise in financials, despite a decline in Treasury yields, were offset by continued volatility in technology issues that hamstrung the Nasdaq. Crude oil prices moved higher and gold was lower, while the U.S. dollar was unchanged. On the economic front, durable goods orders missed forecasts, while some regional manufacturing activity remained in expansion territory.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) rose 15 points (0.1%) to 21,410, the S&P 500 Index was nearly a point higher to 2,439, while the Nasdaq Composite lost 18 points (0.3%) to 6,247. In moderate volume, 795 million shares were traded on the NYSE and 2.1 billion shares changed hands on the Nasdaq. WTI crude oil gained $0.37 to $43.38 per barrel and wholesale gasoline was $0.01 higher at $1.43 per gallon. Elsewhere, the Bloomberg gold spot price decreased $12.77 to $1,243.94 per ounce, and the Dollar Index—a comparison of the U.S. dollar to six major world currencies—was flat at 97.43.Schwab Center for Financial Research – Market Analysis Group

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