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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 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 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, instead of $600.

Most of the bluster neither substantially 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 largely in place, and until that changes, the moderate and longer-term view for stocks will be positive, Essaye included.

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

Wall Street is coming off a quiet holiday week where the major averages had been level. The S&P 500 fell 0.2 % last week as several 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 could ramp up in the very last week of the year, that has so far seen surprisingly strong returns. The S&P 500 has acquired 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 labels while in the continued Covid-19 pandemic.

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

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