Stock Market “Zigs” and “Zags”
January thru March, 2021


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Feb. 26, 2021

Major stock indices were mixed today, with the Dow down substantially.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 1.50% to 30,932.37, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.48% to 3,811.15.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.56% to 13,192.35.

Dow Jones Industrial Average  Standard & Poor’s 500  Nasdaq Composite
Feb. 25, 2021

Compared to yesterday’s moderate increases in major stock indices, today they went the opposite direction and were down by large amounts.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 1.75% to 31,402.01, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 2.45% to 3,829.34.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 3.52% to 13,119.43.

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Feb. 24, 2021

There were moderate increases in major stock indices today.  There also were a couple of record highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 1.35% to 31,961.86, a record high close (the first close over 31,700, 31,800 and 31,900), with a record intraday high of 32,009.64 (the first high over 31,700, 31,800 31,900 and 32,000); while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 1.14% to 3,925.43.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.99% to 13,597.97.

Dow Jones Industrial Average  Standard & Poor’s 500  Nasdaq Composite
Feb. 23, 2021

Stock indices were mixed again today.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.05% to 31,537.35, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.13% to 3,881.37.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.50% to 13,465.20.

Dow Jones Industrial Average  Standard & Poor’s 500  Nasdaq Composite
Feb. 22, 2021

To begin the trading week today, most major stock indices were down.  However, the Dow had a small gain with a record intraday high.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.09% to 31,521.69, with a record intraday high of 31,653.48; while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.77% to 3,876.50.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 2.46% to 13,533.05.

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Feb. 19, 2021

There was very little movement in major stock market indices today.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.00% to 31,494.32, with a record intraday high of 31,647.53; while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.19% to 3,906.71.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.07% to 13,874.46.

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Feb. 18, 2021

There were widespread moderate declines in stock indices today.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.38% to 31,493.34, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.44% to 3,913.97.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.72% to 13,865.36.

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Feb. 17, 2021

Like yesterday, the Dow was up, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ were down.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.29% to 31,613.02, a record high close (the first close over 31,600), with a record intraday high of 31,643.70; while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.03% to 3,931.33.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.58% to 13,965.50.

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Feb. 16, 2021

Today, like much of last week, stock indices were mixed.  There were more record highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.20% to 31,522.75, a record high close (the first close over 31,500), with a record intraday high of 31,608.63 (the first high over 31,600); while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.06% to 3,932.59, but with a record intraday high of 3,950.43.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.34% to 14,047.50, but with a record intraday high of 14,175.12.

Dow Jones Industrial Average  Standard & Poor’s 500  Nasdaq Composite
Feb. 12, 2021

There was a widespread increase in stock indices today.  There also were several record highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.09% to 31,458.40, a record high close; while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.47% to 3,934.83, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 3,937.23.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.50% to 14,095.47, a record high close.

Dow Jones Industrial Average  Standard & Poor’s 500  Nasdaq Composite
Feb. 11, 2021

Like the last two days, major stock indices were mixed today.  The Dow was down.  The S&P 500 and NASDAQ were up and set new highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.02% to 31,430.70, but with a record intraday high of 31,543.82; while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.17% to 3,916.38, a record high close.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.38% to 14,025.77, a record high close.

Dow Jones Industrial Average  Standard & Poor’s 500  Nasdaq Composite
Feb. 10, 2021

Similar to yesterday, major stock indices were mixed again today.  The S&P 500 and NASDAQ were down.  The Dow was up and set new highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.20% to 31,437.80, a record high close (the first close over 31,400), with a record intraday high of 31,511.44 (the first high over 31,500); while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.03% to 3,909.88.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.25% to 13,972.53, but with a record intraday high of 14,109.12 (the first high over 14,100).

Dow Jones Industrial Average  Standard & Poor’s 500  Nasdaq Composite
Feb. 9, 2021

Major stock indices were mixed today.  The Dow and S&P 500 were down a bit.  The NASDAQ was up a bit and set new highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.03% to 31,375.83, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.11% to 3,911.23.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.14% to 14,007.70, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 14,044.95 (the first highs over 14,000).

Dow Jones Industrial Average  Standard & Poor’s 500  Nasdaq Composite
Feb. 8, 2021

Following a strong week, most stock indices were up again today with numerous record highs being set.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.76% to 31,385.76, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 31,386.10 (the first highs over 31,300); while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.74% to 3,915.59, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 3,915.77 (the first highs over 3,900).  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.95% to 13,987.64, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 13,987.74 (the first highs over 13,900).

Dow Jones Industrial Average  Standard & Poor’s 500  Nasdaq Composite
Feb. 5, 2021

To end a week of widespread gains in most stock indices, there were more increases today.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.30% to 31,148.24; while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.39% to 3,886.83, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 3,894.56.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.57% to 13,856.30, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 13,878.16 (the first highs over 13,800).

Dow Jones Industrial Average  Standard & Poor’s 500  Nasdaq Composite
Feb. 4, 2021

Most stock indices were up notable amounts today.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 1.08% to 31,055.86; while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 1.09% to 3,871.74, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 3,872.42.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 1.23% to 13,777.74, a record high close (the first close over 13,700), with a record intraday high of 13,778.42.

Dow Jones Industrial Average  Standard & Poor’s 500  Nasdaq Composite
Feb. 3, 2021

There was not much movement in stock indices today.  Some were a bit up, while some were a bit down.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.12% to 30,723.60, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.10% to 3,830.27.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.02% to 13,610.54.

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Feb. 2, 2021

Like yesterday, there was a another moderate rebound of major stock indices today.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 1.57% to 30,687.48, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 1.39% to 3,826.31.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 1.56% to 13,612.78.

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Feb. 1, 2021

After last week’s losses, there was a moderate rebound of major stock indices today.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.76% to 30,211.91, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 1.61% to 3,773.86.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 2.55% to 13,403.39.

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Jan. 29, 2021

There were significant losses in major stock market indices today.  It is the first time that the Dow has closed below 30,000 since Dec. 14, 2020.  Today’s big changes seem to be related to the recent supercharged investing in GameStop.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 2.03% to 29,982.62, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 1.93% to 3,714.24.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 2.00% to 13,070.70.

Dow Jones Industrial Average  Standard & Poor’s 500  Nasdaq Composite
Jan. 28, 2021

Following two days of losses, major stock indices regained some lost ground today.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.99% to 30,603.36, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.98% to 3,787.38.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.50% to 13,337.16.

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Jan. 27, 2021

There was a widespread and substantial plunge in major stock indices today.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 2.05% to 30,303.17, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 2.57% to 3,750.77.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 2.61% to 13,270.60.

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Jan. 26, 2021

Most major stock indices were down today but not by significant amounts.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.07% to 30,937.04, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.15% to 3,849.62.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.07% to 13,626.07.

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Jan. 25, 2021

Although the Dow was down today, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite were up and set some record highs.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.12% to 30,960.00, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.36% to 3,855.36, a record high close.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.69% to 13,635.99, a record high close (the first close over 13,600), with a record intraday high of 13,728.98 (the first high over 13,700).

Dow Jones Industrial Average  Standard & Poor’s 500  Nasdaq Composite
Jan. 22, 2021

Although most stock indices were down today, the NASDAQ Composite was up a bit and set more record highs.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.57% to 30,996.98, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.30% to 3,841.47.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.09% to 13,543.06, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 13,567.14 (the first highs over 13,500).

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 30,996.98.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,841.47.
Jan. 21, 2021

Although the Dow was down a bit today, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite were up and had record highs.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.04% to 31,176.01, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.03% to 3,853.07, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 3,861.45.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.55% to 13,530.92, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 13,560.35 (the first highs over 13,500).

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 31,176.01.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,853.07.
Jan. 20, 2021

On this U.S. presidential inauguration day, there was a notable stock market rally.  The majority of stock indices were up all day long with sizeable gains and several record highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.83% to 31,188.38, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 31,235.98 (the first high over 31,200); while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 1.39% to 3,851.85, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 3,859.75.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 1.97% to 13,457.25, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 13,486.13 (the first highs over 13,300 and 13,400).

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 31,188.38.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,851.85.
Jan. 19, 2021

The stock market had a moderate rally today, which made up for some of last week’s losses.  The majority of stock indices were in positive territory during the whole trading day, from opening to closing.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.38% to 30,930.52, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.81% to 3,798.91.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 1.53% to 13,197.18.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 30,930.52.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,798.91.
Jan. 15, 2021

There was a widespread stock market sell-off today, and most stock indices were down moderate amounts.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.57% to 30,814.26, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.72% to 3,768.25.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.87% to 12,998.50.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 30,814.26.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,768.25.
Jan. 14, 2021

There were mild decreases in most major stock indices today.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.22% to 30,991.52, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.38% to 3,795.54.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.12% to 13,112.64.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 30,991.52.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,795.54.
Jan. 13, 2021

There was mixed movement of stock indices today.  However, the movement in either direction was not significant.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.03% to 31,060.47, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.23% to 3,809.84.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.43% to 13,128.95.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 31,060.47.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,809.84.
Jan. 12, 2021

Although most major stock indices had a big plunge near the middle of the trading day, they recovered and ended with mild gains.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.19% to 31,068.69, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.04% to 3,801.19.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.28% to 13,072.43.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 31,068.69.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,801.19.
Jan. 11, 2021

The majority of stock indices began the day with losses and remained down through the trading day.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 0.29% to 31,008.69, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.66% to 3,799.61.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 1.25% to 13,036.43.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 31,008.69.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,799.61.
Jan. 8, 2021

Although major stock indices “zagged” down in a midday slump, most of them “zigged” back up into positive territory by the end of the trading day.  There also were several more record highs today.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.18% to 31,097.97, a record high close; while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.55% to 3,824.68, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 3,826.69.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 1.03% to 13,201.98, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 13,208.09 (the first highs over both 13,100 and 13,200).

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 31,097.97.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,824.68.
Jan. 7, 2021

There were significant increases in major stock indices today.  There also were numerous record highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.69% to 31,041.13, a record high close (the first close over 31,000), with a record intraday high of 31,193.40; while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 1.48% to 3,803.79, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 3,811.55 (the first highs over 3,800).  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 2.56% to 13,067.48, a record high close, with a record intraday high of 13,090.91 (the first highs over 13,000).

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 31,041.13.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,803.79.
Jan. 6, 2021

Stock indices were mixed today, but there were a few record highs.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 1.44% to 30,829.40, a record high close (the first close over 30,800), with a record intraday high of 31,022.65 (the first high over 31,000); while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.57% to 3,748.14, with a record intraday high of 3,783.04.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 0.61% to 12,740.79.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 30,829.40.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,748.14.
Jan. 5, 2021

Major stock indices had gains today, making up for some of yesterday’s significant losses.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.55% to 30,391.60, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.71% to 3,726.86.  The NASDAQ Composite index was up 0.95% to 12,818.96.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 30,391.60.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,726.86.
Jan. 4, 2021

Major stock indices had an upward spike at the beginning of the first trading day of the year; however, after that, they declined substantially.  At midday, there began to be increases, but indices still closed with losses at the end of the day.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 1.25% to 30,223.89, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 1.48% to 3,700.65.  The NASDAQ Composite index was down 1.47% to 12,698.45.

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 30,223.89.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 3,700.65.

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