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August 30, 2021
By David French
(Reuters) – The S&P 500 and Nasdaq topped their document closes as soon as once more on Monday, bolstered by expertise shares, as final week’s dovish feedback from the Federal Reserve on tapering its financial stimulus refocused buyers’ minds on financial development.
It was the fourth document closing excessive in 5 periods for the S&P, and the fifth in six periods for the Nasdaq, runs solely interrupted by jitters forward of Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s Jackson Gap speech.
Finally, these worries had been unfounded as Powell mentioned on Friday the central financial institution would proceed to be cautious in its strategy to tapering its huge pandemic-era stimulus, whereas reaffirming a gentle financial restoration.
“It’s now clear that there’s going to nonetheless be a rare quantity of assist for this economic system, most likely till November,” mentioned Ed Moya, senior market analyst for the Americas at OANDA.
“Some buyers are pondering that tapering may not even begin this yr, however the one factor that everybody can agree on is that Chair Powell has signaled they’re in no rush to boost rates of interest and he’s disconnected tapering with rate-hike timing.”
With this in thoughts, buyers turned to high-growth tech shares which have a tendency to profit from expectations of decrease charges as a result of their worth rests closely on future earnings.
Apple Inc jumped 3% to an all-time excessive, whereas Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com, Google-owner Alphabet Inc rose between 0.4% and a couple of.1%, serving to the tech-heavy Nasdaq outperform the S&P 500 and the Dow.
The benchmark index is monitoring its longest month-to-month successful streak since 2018 on the promise of straightforward cash, with buyers shrugging off indicators of a slowing financial restoration and surging COVID-19 instances.
The S&P 500 has risen 3% to date in August – a seasonally weak interval for shares – and Wells Fargo analysts mentioned final week they count on the index to rise one other 8% by the tip of the yr.
It is usually on observe to log one in every of its greatest year-to-date returns by August of the previous six many years, mentioned Chris Larkin, managing director of buying and selling at E*Commerce Monetary.
The S&P 500 gained 19.42 factors, or 0.43%, to 4,528.79 and the Nasdaq Composite added 136.39 factors, or 0.9%, to fifteen,265.89. The Dow Jones Industrial Common fell 55.96 factors, or 0.16%, to 35,399.84,
Whereas U.S. crude costs rose 0.7% on Monday, power shares broadly slipped as buyers fretted about attainable longer-term impacts from Hurricane Ida, which roared ashore on Sunday close to Port Fourchon, Louisiana, a serious hub for the U.S. offshore oil trade. [O/R]
The power index fell 1.2%, with solely the financials benchmark dropping additional on the day, as financial institution shares reacted to falling bond yields.
PayPal Holdings Inc superior 3.6% on a CNBC report that the monetary companies agency was exploring the event of a shares buying and selling platform for its U.S. clients. The information helped ship Robinhood Markets Inc down 6.9%.
Quantity on U.S. exchanges was 8.77 billion shares, in contrast with the 8.95 billion common for the complete session over the past 20 buying and selling days.
The S&P 500 posted 77 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 153 new highs and 34 new lows.
(Reporting by Shashank Nayar in Bengaluru and David French in New York; Enhancing by Arun Koyyur and Lisa Shumaker)