The major equity indexes in the U.S. had an up-and-down session on Thursday as the falling crude oil prices continued to hurt the energy sector while the strong earning reports were cheered by the investors.
Fueled by the positive earning reports from PayPal, Comcast, Under Armour, and Intuit, the heavy-tech Nasdaq Composite Index gained 21.71 points (+0.4%) to close at a record high on Thursday. On the other hand, The S&P 500 energy sector .SPNY lost 1.1%. as the barrel of WTI fell below $49 for the first time since late March following the reports of Libya reopening its biggest field.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 6.24 points, or 0.03%, to 20,982.15, after recovering early losses the S&P 500 rose 1.41 points, or 0.06%, to 2,385.75.
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