The S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite broke 7 months of consecutive gains to finish October in the red, down 1.9% or more for the month.
In October, the Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite hit new highs for 2009
This week, the NASDAQ is down the most among the three major indices, falling 5.08.
Since the March lows, the NASDAQ is leading the way with a gain of 61.2%, followed by the S&P and Dow, up 53.2% and 48.4%, respectively.
Sector Impact: 8 out of 10 S&P sectors were negative for the month led by Financials, Materials and Telecom stocks. Energy led the gains this month, up 3%.
Commodity Impact: Crude oil for December delivery closed at $77 per barrel on Friday, up $6.39 this month.
Orange juice was among the best performing commodities this month, posting a gain of 26% in October, while sugar was among the worst performers, down 5.6%.
Currencies Impact: The U.S. dollar was poised to closed down for the eighth straight month, falling 0.34% in October.
Global Index Performance: