Russell 2000 sees strongest month since October 2011
U.S. stocks finished mostly lower on Wednesday, but that didn't stop the Russell 2000 from posting its strongest monthly gain since October 2011. The S&P 500 shed 5.84 points, or 0.3%, to 2,198.82, but remained up 3.4% for the month. The Dow finished flat at 19,124, with Goldman Sachs Group and DuPont Co. the best performers on the blue-chip gauge, which rose 5.4% in November. The Nasdaq Composite Index slid 56.04 points, or 1.1%, to 5,323.68, notching its strongest performance since July. The small-cap Russell 2000 index, lost tk points, or tk% to tk, but rose 11.2% on the month. President-elect Donald Trump's unexpected electoral victory helped spark an aggressive rally, as investors bet that his proposed fiscal policies would help boost economic growth.