April Summary: The Month's Best & Worst

All major US indices end April on a positive note. The NASDAQ Composite posted a gain of 12.35%, followed by the S&P 500 with a jump of 9.39%, and the Dow marked an increase of 7.35%. Companies with small market capitalizations, measured by the Russell 2000, rose the most this month among all major indices, with a gain of 15.33%.

Based on today's closing levels:

  • Dow had its best April % gain since 2001 when it gained 8.67%
  • S&P had its best April % gain since 1938 when it gained 15.06%
  • Nasdaq had its best April % gain since 2001 when it gained 14.99%
  • Dow had its best monthly % gain since 3/2009 when it rose 7.73% and it had its best 2-month gain since April 1999
  • S&P had its best monthly % gain since 3/2000 when it rose 9.67% and it had its best 2-month gain since February 1975
  • Nasdaq had its best monthly % gain since 10/2002 when it rose 13.45% and it had its best 2-month gain since November 2002

Index Impact:

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DJIA Winners and Losers:

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S&P Winners and Losers

Sector Impact:

Nine out of ten sectors in the S&P 500 finished in positive territory this month. The gains were led by financials, with an increase of 22.17%. Consumer Discretionary and Industrial companies also joined the rally, posting increases north of 17%. However, the Information Technology sector continues to remain in the the lead year-to-date, up 16.48%.

S&P Winners and Losers

More MTD Stats Here

Commodity Impact:

Crude Oil
for June delivery ended April relatively flat, down -0.59%, at $51.12 per barrel. Year-to-date, crude oil continues to trade up 14.62%. In the energy complex, natural gas' prices increased this month, marking a 40.93% loss YTD. Copper, RBOB Gasoline, Sugar, Cocoa, and Orange juice continued their upward trend this month, adding to their gains year-to-date.
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Note:Data based on preliminary numbers. May adjust slightly due to settling at close.

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