The Unsung Heroes of the Stock Market Today | The Motley Fool

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The stock market was mixed on Monday, with stock market investors having very different reactions in varying parts of the business world. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) rose as old-economy areas of the stock market performed well. However, losses for the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) and Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQINDEX:^IXIC) reflected worries about certain high-growth areas of the market. Index Percentage Change Point Change Dow +0.21% +71 S&P 500 (0.28%) (12) Nasdaq (0.52%) (78) Data source: Yahoo! Finance. Largely ignored in Monday's stock market action, however, was the influence of small-cap stocks. The Russell 2000 index of small-caps soared almost 1.5% on Monday, and that reflected the enthusiasm that investors have about the smaller businesses that play such a huge role in the health of the broader U.S. economy. Below, we'll take a closer look at what was behind the big m
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