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

 Stocks traded higher on Monday in advance of the very last trading week of 2020 and as President Donald Trump suddenly signed an economic comfort 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 immediate payments to Americans, instead of $600.

All of the bluster neither drastically 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 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 added.

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

Wall Street is coming off a peaceful holiday week wherein the main averages had been level. The S&P 500 fell 0.2 % last week as some investors procured the chips off into the year end. The 30-stock Dow eked out a 0.1 % gain for the same period.

Profit-taking might ramp up in the very last week of the season, which has thus far seen astonishingly good returns. The S&P 500 has gotten 15.4 % year to date, while the Dow has climbed 6.4 %. The Nasdaq has soared 43.2 % this season as investors favored high-growth technology names during the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Sunday that the united states could see a surge in new Covid 19 infections after Christmas along with New Year’s celebrations. 2 vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer have started the distribution process this month. And so far over one million people in the U.S. have been vaccinated.