The GovCon Index carried its positive momentum from Friday’s rally with a gain of 1.531 percent to 70.355 Tuesday — its first close above 70 in two days — on a bounce in confidence from investors that some equities may have been oversold.
Gains among consumer, industrial and financial shares helped drive the S&P 500 composite index up 1.65 percent despite another decline in crude oil prices.
Oil reversed into a decline after Russia and Saudi Arabia failed to reach a pact on a supply cut but traders drew some hope from any discussions having taken place, according to Reuters.
Crude futures in New York fell 1.36 percent to $29.04 a barrel and brent in London posted a nominal 33-cent decline to $32.25 a barrel.
Reuters reports investors have the most cash in hand at any point since November 2001 and that could be a precursor to a new round of buying.
Top GovCon Index Gainers
|Symbol||Company||$ Current Price||Net Change||% Change|
*Also listed in the S&P 500 composite index
|Advancing GovCon Index Issues||27|
|Declining GovCon Index Issues||3|
|Unchanged GovCon Index Issues||0|
|Index||Value||NetÂ Change||%Â Change|
|S&P 500||1, 895.58||+30.80||+1.65%|
|Dow Jones Industrial Average||16, 196.41||+222.57||+1.39%|