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US stocks rose on Monday as Democrats and Republicans inched closer to a stimulus compromise.Mega-cap companies including Apple and Amazon led indexes higher as investors rushed to the growth favorites.President Trump urged Republicans to speed up Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court so that they can pass a new stimulus bill before Election Day.Investors also prepared for earnings season. Citigroup and JPMorgan are set to kick off reporting on Tuesday.Oil futures sank as operations temporarily halted by Hurricane Delta resumed. West Texas Intermediate crude fell as much as 3.8%, to $39.04 per barrel.Watch major indexes update live here.
US equities extended their rally into a new week as investors pushed tech giants higher.
Apple surged ahead of a Tuesday event widely expected to unveil the next generation of iPhones. Amazon climbed as it kicked off its Prime Day sale event. Other mega-caps including Alphabet and Microsoft also drove indexes’ gains.
Investors hoping for fresh government aid remained hopeful on the prospects of a near-term bill. The Trump administration raised its proposal to $1.8 trillion from $1.6 trillion on Friday, closing the gap with House Democrats’ $2.2 trillion bill.
The measure includes another round of stimulus checks and funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, but falls short of Democrats’ allocations for expanded unemployment benefits and state and local governments.
Here’s where US indexes stood at the 4 p.m. ET market close on Monday:
S&P 500: 3,534.22, up 1.6%Dow Jones industrial average: 28,837.52, up 0.9% (251 points)Nasdaq composite: 11,876.26, up 2.6%
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Still, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the administration’s new offer as “one step forward, two steps back.” Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are expected to continue negotiations throughout the week, though the odds of passing a bill before the presidential election are dwindling.
Bringing the measure to a vote in the Senate would also prove difficult, as Republican lawmakers have shifted their focus to confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Four days of congressional confirmation hearings begin Monday morning.
President Donald Trump urged Republicans to speed up Barrett’s confirmation process so they can pass new fiscal relief earlier.
“Personally, I would pull back, approve, and go for STIMULUS for the people!!” he said in a Monday morning tweet. To be sure, Senate Republicans have balked at the White House’s latest offer.
Bank earnings are set to drive the market’s trajectory through the rest of the week. Citigroup and JPMorgan kick off third-quarter reporting on Tuesday, followed by Goldman Sachs and Bank of America on Wednesday.
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“The stimulus stalemate still looms large, though it failed to derail the market last week. And with high expectations for big bank earnings kicking off the season, we could get a clearer picture into just how far we’ve come in terms of economic recovery,” said Chris Larkin, the managing director of trading and investment product at E-Trade.
Communications services and consumer discretionary stocks followed tech’s lead in the market upswing. Materials and energy stocks underperformed.
Monday’s uptick followed the market’s best week since August. Renewed stimulus hopes brought investors back to stocks, and economic indicators including weekly jobless claims showed continued — albeit slowing — improvement.
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Twilio shares leaped after the firm agreed to buy the data platform Segment for $3.2 billion. The acquisition is expected to close before the end of the year.
Department-store chain Dillard spiked higher after Berkshire Hathaway investment manager Ted Weschler unveiled a 6% stake in the company.
Spot gold fell as much as 0.6%, to $1,918.44 per ounce, before paring losses. The US dollar gained slightly against a basket of global peers.
Oil traded lower as operations temporarily constrained by Hurricane Delta resumed. West Texas Intermediate crude fell as much as 3.8%, to $39.04 per barrel. Brent crude, oil’s international standard, sank 3.5%, to $41.36 per barrel, at intraday lows.
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US stocks closed lower on Thursday as investors continued to digest the Fed’s uncertain economic outlook and weekly jobless claims that still exceed the highs of the Great Recession.Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s comments on Wednesday expressed uncertainty in the economic recovery and mentioned that the Fed didn’t expect to raise interest rates until at least 2023.Additionally, weekly jobless claims fell by more than 30,000 from the previous week, to 860,000, though that was higher than the consensus estimate of 850,000. The current weekly jobless claim figures are still well above the 6650,000 peak reached during the Great Recession in 2009.Oil prices traded higher after reports that Saudia Arabia stressed OPEC+ compliance to its members. West Texas Intermediate crude jumped as much as 2.6%, to $41.22 per barrel.Watch major indexes update live here.
US stocks fell on Thursday as investors continued to digest comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and weekly jobless-claims data.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments on Wednesday expressed uncertainty in the economic recovery and mentioned that the Fed didn’t expect to raise interest rates until at least 2023.
In a signal that the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is muddling along, weekly jobless claims fell by more than 30,000 from the previous week, to 860,000, slightly higher than the consensus estimate of 850,000.
The current weekly jobless claim figures are still well above the 6650,000 peak reached during the Great Recession in 2009.
Tech stocks led the decline even after the cloud-tech platform Snowflake staged the biggest initial public offering of the year on Wednesday. Its stock more than doubled in its first day of trading.
Here’s where US indexes stood at the 4 p.m. market close on Thursday:
S&P 500: 3,357.01, down 0.8%Dow Jones industrial average: 27,901.98, down 0.5% (130 points)Nasdaq composite: 10,910.28, down 1.3%
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Going forward, investors will likely turn their attention to additional stimulus measures from Congress. While Republicans and Democrats haven’t landed on the same page on a “skinny” deal, key negotiators have seemed increasingly optimistic about a deal, and pressure is mounting to get a deal done before the November election.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said Republicans should warm up to the idea of sending bigger direct payments to Americans.
Meanwhile, technical traders likely have their eye on the 50-day moving average, as multiple US stock market indexes converge on the important support level.
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Elsewhere, Yelp said in a report that 60% of the 163,735 businesses that had closed in the US as of August 31 because of the pandemic wouldn’t reopen, suggesting that small businesses have fared worse than big ones. The total business closures represented a 23% jump since mid-July, Yelp said.
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Spot gold fell as much as 1.3%, to $1,932.95 per ounce. The US dollar extended its decline while Treasury yields were mostly flat.
Crude-oil futures rose markedly after Saudia Arabia stressed to OPEC+ members to stick to their production quotas and to not overproduce,according to Bloomberg. West Texas Intermediate crude jumped as much as 2.6%, to $41.22 per barrel. Brent crude, oil’s international standard, rose 3%, to $43.50 per barrel, at intraday highs.
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