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Dow rises more 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 unexpectedly signed an economic help 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 would veto the legislation, demanding $2,000 direct payments to Americans, rather than $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, 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, longer-term perspective and the medium for stocks will be good, Essaye included.

Apple led the Dow higher, rising 2.5 %. Tech and components had been 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 where the main averages had been flat. 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 might ramp up in the last week of the year, which has up to this point seen amazingly good returns. The S&P 500 has gotten 15.4 % year to date, even though the Dow has climbed 6.4 %. The Nasdaq has soared 43.2 % this season as investors favored high-growth technology labels during the continued Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Sunday that the country might see a surge in new Covid-19 infections after Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. 2 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna have begun the distribution process this month. And so much more than one million men and women in the U.S. have been vaccinated.

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