Wall Street jumps with focus on stimulus package

At 9.43am ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 230.21 points, or 0.83 per cent, at 27,917.12, the S&P 500 was up 30.25 points, or 0.91 per cent, at 3,363.94. — Reuters pic
At 9.43am ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 230.21 points, or 0.83 per cent, at 27,917.12, the S&P 500 was up 30.25 points, or 0.91 per cent, at 3,363.94. — Reuters pic

NEW YORK, Aug 12 — Wall Street’s main indexes jumped today, with the S&P 500 crawling towards a record high in a broad rally led by tech stocks, although some investors were cautious following a stalemate over the new coronavirus relief bill.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the White House and top Democrats in Congress may not be able to reach a deal on coronavirus aid, marking a fifth day without talks, as the stalemate blocked relief to tens of millions of Americans.

The S&P 500 is about 0.9 per cent below its intraday record high of 3,393.52. The benchmark index snapped seven days of gains yesterday after coming within 0.4 per cent of its peak, powered by historic fiscal and monetary stimulus and signs of a nascent economic recovery.

“The S&P 500 got very close (to a record high), and there might be some technical resistance at that level,” Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab in Austin, said about Tuesday’s move.

“But it does look like this morning, there’s enough upside momentum that markets could very well be past that when they open.”

The Nasdaq was the first of the three major indexes to bounce back to an all-time high in June. The Dow is about six per cent below its February peak.

With a better-than-feared second-quarter earnings season largely over, investors are preparing for the risk of a contested US presidential election in the fall.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden yesterday picked Senator Kamala Harris as his choice for vice president.

At 9.43am ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 230.21 points, or 0.83 per cent, at 27,917.12, the S&P 500 was up 30.25 points, or 0.91 per cent, at 3,363.94. The Nasdaq Composite was up 115.54 points, or 1.07 per cent, at 10,898.37.

All major S&P sectors climbed, with financials, energy and communication services leading the charge.

Latest data showed US consumer prices increased more-than-expected in July, but high unemployment is likely to keep inflation under control, allowing the Federal Reserve to continue pumping money into the economy.

Tesla Inc rose five per cent as it announced a five-for-one stock split in an attempt to make its shares more accessible to employees and investors.

Drugmaker Moderna Inc gained about 3.7 per cent after entering a deal with the United States to produce 100 million doses of its potential Covid-19 vaccine for around US$1.5 billion (RM6.2 billion).

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 4.27-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 3.00-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded eight new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 32 new highs and nine new low. — Reuters

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