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Dow rises more than 200 points, hits record high as Wall Street kicks off last week of 2020

 Stocks traded higher on Monday ahead of the very 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 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 many days after Trump suggested he will veto the legislation, demanding $2,000 immediate payments to Americans, instead of $600.

All the bluster neither considerably changed to outlook for stocks, as markets still expected (and eventually received) stimulus of a minimum of $900 billion to pass, wrote Tom Essaye, founding father of The Sevens Report.

The five pillars of the rally (Federal stimulus, FOMC stimulus, vaccine rollout, divided government and no double dip-recession) re-main mainly in place, and until that changes, longer-term view and the moderate 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 actually coming off a peaceful holiday week in which the major averages had been level. The S&P 500 fell 0.2 % last week as several investors took the chips off into the year end. The 30-stock Dow eked out a 0.1 % gain for the same period.

Profit-taking might ramp up in the very last week of the season, that has thus far seen amazingly 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 during the continuing 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. Two vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer have begun the distribution process this month. So far over one million individuals in the U.S. are vaccinated.

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