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 will veto the legislation, demanding $2,000 direct payments to Americans, rather than $600.
Most of the bluster neither significantly changed to outlook 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 five 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, longer term view and the medium for stocks will be positive, Essaye added.
Apple led the Dow higher, rising 2.5 %. Tech and components were the best performing sectors in the S&P 500, gaining 0.9 % as well as 0.8 %, respectively.
Wall Street is actually coming off a quiet holiday week in which the key averages were level. The S&P 500 fell 0.2 % last week as some investors got the chips off into the year-end. The 30-stock Dow eked out a 0.1 % gain for the very same period.
Profit-taking could ramp up in the last week of the year, that has thus far seen surprisingly strong returns. The S&P 500 has acquired 15.4 % year to date, although the Dow has climbed 6.4 %. The Nasdaq has soared 43.2 % this year as investors favored high-growth technology labels while in the continuing Covid 19 pandemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Sunday that the nation might see a surge in new Covid-19 infections following Christmas along with New Year’s celebrations. Two vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna have started the distribution process this month. So much more than one million individuals in the U.S. are vaccinated.