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Dow Jones Industrial Average Ends Epic Year On a Down Day

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) ended 2016 on a low note, falling for a third straight day and sliding further from the 20,000 level -- snapping its historic weekly win streak in the process. With trading volume again light, and another three-day holiday weekend approaching, the Nasdaq Composite (COMP) and S&P 500 Index (SPX) notched their third consecutive losses, as well. Still, U.S. stocks closed an erratic year with impressive gains, as the Dow's 13.4% advance marked its best annual performance since 2013.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA- 19,762.60) fell 57.2 points, or 0.3%, for its third straight loss. Just five Dow components closed higher, led by 0.5% gains from JPMorgan Chase & Co. ( JPM ) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc ( GS ). Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) fell 1.2% to pace the 25 losers. Despite losing 0.9% for the week, the Dow added 3.3% for the month, 7.9% for the quarter, and 13.4% for the year.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,238.83) gave back 10.4 points, or 0.5%, while the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 5,383.12) dropped 49 points, or 0.9%. The SPX dropped 1.1% this week, but closed the month up 1.8%, the quarter up 3.3%, and the year up 9.6%. The COMP closed the week down 1.5%, but settled the month, quarter, and year 1.1%, 1.3%, and 7.5% higher, respectively.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 14.04) rose 0.7 point, or 5%. The VIX lost 22.9% this year, but added 22.7% this week, 5.3% this month, and 5.6% for the quarter.

Indexes closing summary December 30
NYSE and Nasdaq December 30

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Commodities:

Though they edged lower today, oil prices closed out their best year since 2009. February-dated crude futures ended the day down 5 cents, or 0.1%, at $53.72 per barrel. However, oil added 1.3% for the week, 8.5% for the month, 11.4% for the quarter, and nearly 45% for the year -- its first annual gain since 2013.

Gold edged lower, but still managed to snap its longest weekly losing streak in 12 years, which ended at seven weeks. Specifically, the February-dated contract shed $6.40, or 0.6%, to settle at $1,151.70 per ounce. Longer term, gold added 1.6% for the week, slid 1.9% for the month, dropped 12.4% for the quarter, and tacked on 9% for the year -- breaking a three-year losing streak.

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