S&P 500 Snapshot: Squeaking Out Another Record High
Before the market opened, the headline Nonfarm Jobs in the February employment report came in better than expected. The S&P 500 rallied briefly at the open, hitting its all-time intraday high, up a modest 0.35%, in the first five minutes of trading. The index then retreated to its similarly modest -0.34% intraday low in the late morning. It spent the rest of the day in a fairly narrow trading range and managed to rise above yesterday's close in the final minutes to squeak out another record high, up 0.05%. The 500 rose an even one percent for the week.
The yield on the 10-year note closed at 2.80%, up 6 bps from yesterday's close. The interim high was 3.04% at the end of 2013.
Here is a 15-minute snapshot of the week. Most of this week's action is attributable to Tuesday's Ukraine relief rally. The index price since Tuesday's close has hovered in a fairly narrow range despite some major economic news.
The volume for today's trade was again light side.
The S&P 500 is now up 1.61% for 2014.
Here is a longer perspective, starting with the all-time high prior to the Great Recession.
For a better sense of how these declines figure into a larger historical context, here's a long-term view of secular bull and bear markets in the S&P Composite since 1871.