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Market Attributes: U.S. Equity Indices Get Howard Silverblatt's take on the latest monthly performance of the U.S. equity market.
BY Howard Silverblatt

• The S&P 500® gained 0.98% in December, bringing its 2017 return to 19.42%.

• The Dow Jones Industrial Average® returned 1.84% for the month and was up 25.08% for 2017.

• The S&P MidCap 400® was up 0.07% for the month and up 14.45% for 2017.

• The S&P SmallCap 600® returned -0.71% in December, with an 11.73% return for 2017.


There were some losers, but overall 2017 has come in as a banner year, especially since the expectations were low. For the year, the S&P 500 added 19.42%, 21.83% with dividends; 2016 was up 9.54% and 11.96%, respectively, and 2015 was down 0.73% but up 1.38% with dividends. Nine of the eleven sectors posted gains; telecommunication services, which made a run for black and added 5.77% in December, ended the year off 5.97%. Meanwhile, 377 issues were up (182 of them up over 25%) and 125 were down (59 down at least 10% and 20 down at least 25%). In terms of aggregate dollars, the index added USD 3.55 trillion into investors’ hands, along with another USD 420 billion in cash dividends, as it posted 62 new closing highs (second largest; 1995 had 77). While the world seems to revolve around the S&P 500, other year-end investments added support stats.

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