US stocks posted their best monthly performance of the year, led by the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a gain of 7.1%. Within the S&P 500 sectors, industrial and material companies rose the most in July.
What follows is a summary of this week's statistics on the markets.
Historical July Performance
Dow Jones Industrial Average
S&P 500 Sectors
Ten out of ten sectors closed the month in positive territory, with material and industrial companies leading the way to the upside.
Commodity Impact:Crude oil for September delivery settled at $78.95 on Friday, up $3.32, or 4.39% for the month. Crude is up for the second month and five of the last six.
Currencies Impact: For the month, the NYBOT US Dollar Index dropped 5%, its worst monthly performance since December 2008, when it fell 6%.
Global Index Performance: