Off the Charts

The market was quiet Wednesday as it digested three days' worth of gains. The S&P closed exactly flat and the Nasdaq closed up a miniscule 0.01% while the Dow closed down 0.29% thanks to weakness from a notable component.

 The banks continued higher in today's session but it was the basic materials sector that outperformed. Oil, agricultural and solar stocks also helped lead the charge. There was weakness in some first quarter leaders today like the consumer staples thanks in large part to Procter & Gamble (PG), which fell sharply on earnings. The biotechs also showed weakness following Amgen (AMGN) earnings. Procter & Gamble and Amgen closed the day down 5.88% and 6.94%, respectively....552 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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