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Dow halts 5-day losing streak with best daily gain in nearly 6 weeks but Nasdaq logs longest losing streak in 2 months

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index ended higher for the first time in six sessions, with the blue-chip index producing its best daily gain since early August as investors bought energy and financial assets to start the week. The Dow
DJIA,
+0.76%

closed up by about 262 points, or 0.8%, to 34,870, halting a five-session skid and notching its best point and percentage advance since Aug. 5, FactSet data show. The S&P 500 index
SPX,
+0.23%

climbed 10 points, or 0.2%, to around 4,469, also ending a five-session slide. The technology-laden Nasdaq Composite Index
COMP,
-0.07%
,
however, finished the day down 0.1% at around 15,106, extending its string of declines to four straight sessions, representing the longest such skid since a five-session slump ended July 19.

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