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

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

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 207 points, or maybe 0.7 %. The S&P 500 climbed 0.7 %, and the Nasdaq Composite rose 0.6 %. All 3 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 many days after Trump suggested he will veto the legislation, demanding $2,000 direct payments to Americans, instead of $600.

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

The 5 pillars of the rally (Federal stimulus, FOMC stimulus, vaccine rollout, divided government and no double dip-recession) re-main mainly in place, and until that changes, the moderate and longer-term perspective for stocks will be positive, Essaye included.

Apple led the Dow higher, rising 2.5 %. Tech as well as materials were the best-performing sectors in the S&P 500, gaining 0.9 % along with 0.8 %, respectively.

Wall Street is actually coming off a peaceful holiday week in which the major averages had been level. The S&P 500 fell 0.2 % last week as some 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 last week of the year, that has so far seen astonishingly strong returns. The S&P 500 has acquired 15.4 % year to date, even though the Dow has climbed 6.4 %. The Nasdaq has soared 43.2 % this year as investors favored high-growth technology labels while in 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 and New Year’s celebrations. Two vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna have started the distribution process this month. And so much more than one million men and women in the U.S. are vaccinated.

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