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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 ahead of the final trading week of 2020 and as President Donald Trump unexpectedly signed an economic help 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 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.

Most of the bluster neither substantially changed to outlook for stocks, as markets still expected (and ultimately received) stimulus of a minimum of $900 billion to pass, wrote Tom Essaye, founding father 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 outlook for stocks will be positive, Essaye added.

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

Wall Street is coming off a peaceful holiday week wherein the major averages had been level. The S&P 500 fell 0.2 % last week as several 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 could ramp up in the very last week of the year, that has so far seen astonishingly strong returns. The S&P 500 has gotten 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 names while in the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic.

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

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