For a change, investors aren’t having to count on tech stocks to deliver the goods. The S&P 500 Index (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC) gained 27 points, up 0.8%, on Oct. 8. The Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEMKT: XLK) gained 0.5%, while the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEMKT: XLE) surged 4.1% higher on another strong day for crude oil. IBM (NYSE: IBM) was the sole tech giant to have a big day, with shares gaining over 5% on news it was going to spin off part of its business.
Utility and real estate stocks, segments that usually do well in a recession but have underperformed in a 2020 that’s been anything but usual, also finished up today. Every stock in both sectors closed higher, with DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) up 6.3% and Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM) up 4%, leading the way.
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Is oil back? Investors are behaving that way
After falling sharply on supply/demand worries and the Friday announcement that President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19, West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures have surged from a low of $37 to today’s price above $41 per barrel.
Big Oil won big today, with Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY) up 8.8% and Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) up 7.4%, two of the S&P’s biggest gainers. More than half of today’s biggest gainers in the index operate in the oil patch, including global giant ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), which added 5.3% and reclaimed its place as the biggest of the U.S. big oil companies, only a day after temporarily falling behind Chevron (NYSE: CVX) in market cap size.
Today’s move higher for the oil sector came on a combination of things behind crude oil’s move higher. To start, oil prices are moving up on worries about oil and refinery production in the