The Dow and S&P 500 turned in their best monthly performance since November 2009, while the NASDAQ turned in its best monthly gain since December 2009. Among the major U.S. indices, the Russell 2,000 led the gains in February, with a gain of 4.41%.
What follows is a summary of this week's statistics on the markets.
Best February Since
Sector Impact: 8 out of 10 sectors closed the month in positive territory, led to the upside by consumer discretionary stocks. Utility companies were down the most, dropping 1.86%.
Commodity Impact:Crude oil for April delivery rose 9.3% for the month, closing at $79.66 per barrel on Friday. The last time crude gained more than 9.3% in a month was in May 2009, when it increased 29.7%.
Currencies Impact: The euro paired some of its recent losses versus the greenback during Friday's trading session, as investors covered short positions on the last day of the month.
Global Index Performance: