U.S. Afternoon Market Commentary

March 31, 2015
3:30 p.m. CT

U.S. stocks declined today, trimming a ninth straight quarterly advance for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq. Economic reports this morning were mostly positive as consumer confidence increased in March to the second-highest level since August 2007, while a separate report showed that property values increased 4.6% from January 2014. A manufacturing report showed a second month of lower orders and production in the Chicago area. U.S. bonds finished higher today.

Looking at the S&P 500,
The best-performing sector was: Utilities
While the worst-performing sector was: Health Care

The Dow Jones Industrial Average* was down 200.19 at 17,776.12
The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was down 18.35 at 2,067.89
The NASDAQ Composite Index was down 46.56 at 4,900.89

Volume on the New York Stock Exchange was moderate, with 966.02 million shares traded.
Decliners outnumbered advancers by roughly a 3-to-2 margin.

In commodity markets,
The spot price of gold fell $2.11 to $1,183.96
The spot price of silver fell $0.08 to $16.65
And crude oil prices fell $1.17 to $47.51

In the bond market,
The 30-year Treasury yield closed at 2.54%
And the 10-year Treasury yield finished at 1.93%

* The Dow Jones Indexes are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones Indexes © 2012 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

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