Dow rises in excess of 200 points, hits record very high as Wall Street kicks off last week of 2020

 Stocks traded higher on Monday in front of the final trading week of 2020 and as President Donald Trump suddenly signed an economic help bill.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 207 points, or perhaps 0.7 %. The S&P 500 climbed 0.7 %, and the Nasdaq Composite rose 0.6 %. All three major indexes hit record highs at the open.

President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion Covid 19 relief bill into law, averting a government shutdown and extending unemployment benefits to millions of Americans. The signing came days after Trump suggested he would veto the legislation, demanding $2,000 immediate payments to Americans, rather than $600.

All the bluster neither considerably changed to perspective for stocks, as markets still expected (and ultimately received) stimulus of a minimum of $900 billion to pass, wrote Tom Essaye, founder of The Sevens Report.

The five pillars of the rally (Federal stimulus, FOMC stimulus, vaccine rollout, divided government and no double dip recession) re main largely in place, and until that changes, longer-term outlook and the medium for stocks will be positive, Essaye added.

Apple led the Dow higher, rising 2.5 %. Tech & supplies had been the best performing sectors in the S&P 500, gaining 0.9 % and 0.8 %, respectively.

Wall Street is actually coming off a peaceful holiday week in which the main averages had been flat. The S&P 500 fell 0.2 % last week as several investors got the chips off to the year-end. The 30-stock Dow eked out a 0.1 % gain for the very same period.

Profit-taking might possibly ramp up in the final week of the year, that has thus far seen amazingly strong returns. The S&P 500 has gotten 15.4 % year to date, although the Dow has climbed 6.4 %. The Nasdaq has soared 43.2 % this season as investors favored high growth technology labels during the continued Covid 19 pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Sunday that the nation can see a surge in new Covid 19 infections after Christmas along with New Year’s celebrations. Two vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer have begun the distribution process this month. And so far over one million folks in the U.S. have been vaccinated.

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