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Dow Rallies to Record High as Cyclicals Ride Recovery Optimism Higher

Stock MarketsFeb 24, 2021 01:36PM ET
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By Yasin Ebrahim

Investing.com – The Dow hit a record high on Wednesday, as cyclicals continued to shine on the bets over a stronger economic recovery, while rising chip stocks boosted tech.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.4%, or 441 points hitting a record high of 31,978.90. The S&P 500 was up 1.15%, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.86%.

Energy, up more 3%, led the move higher in cyclical stocks as oil prices shrugged off an unexpected build in the crude stockpiles on expectations of a boost to demand from a stronger recovery.  

Crude inventories increased 1.28 million barrels last week, compared with analysts' expectations for a draw of 5.19 million barrels. The move coincided with a draw in gasoline and distillate stocks as refinery activity slowed during the recent cold snap that battered oil-rich Texas.

Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG) and Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) were among the biggest gainers, with the latter up 9%.

Forecasting above above-consensus economic growth in 2021, Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) said performance "would benefit from improved growth expectations and a continued rotation into economically-sensitive cyclical equities."

Industrials were also firmer, with airlines leading to the upside on expectations for a surge in travel demand when the economy full reopens and further fiscal support to the aviation industry.

United Airlines Holdings (NASDAQ:UAL) rose 8%, while Boeing (NYSE:BA) was up 6%, and American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) up 5% on the day.

Positive vaccine news also added to the bullish bets on stocks as the Food and Drug Administration said Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)'s single shot Covid-19 vaccine was safe and effective ahead of vote later this week on whether to grant emergency use authorization, with doses expected to roll out next week.

Tech stocks, which have been abandoned on fears about rising inflation, found some reprieve amid a jump in chip stocks ahead of Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA)'s quarterly results due later.

But big tech remained sluggish as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) remained in the red, while Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) were higher.

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), meanwhile, pared some its losses from a day earlier, up about 7% after Ark investment manager Cathie Wood revealed she had bought $120 worth of the electric automaker's shares following a rout on Tuesday.

In other news, Square (NYSE:SQ) fell 5% as the payments company's better-than-expected were overshadowed by weaker performance in its subscription and services business and slowing growth in its cash app despite a boost from bitcoin trading.

"Bitcoin trading strength offset an unusual miss in [Square's] subscription and services based adjusted revenues, Wedbush said. [As] expected, CashApp's year-on-year growth (127%) decelerated from the prior quarter's 174% level, while other relevant metrics (GPV, transaction revenue, and transaction margin) were slightly below expectations."

Dow Rallies to Record High as Cyclicals Ride Recovery Optimism Higher
 

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Dave Jones
Dave Jones Feb 24, 2021 4:06PM ET
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wash rinse repeat....cyclical rotation...geddit
Ricardo Diogo
rcd72 Feb 24, 2021 4:05PM ET
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give more 1.9t do inflate the marketput metal at record high every day even if industry is gone
Ricardo Diogo
rcd72 Feb 24, 2021 4:02PM ET
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the fed is happy ! the rich get richer and the middle class disappears and poor die...
Celian Mathis
Celian Mathis Feb 24, 2021 3:57PM ET
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Frenzy market is back look at today's Gamestop prise rise, you can buy any meme stock to get 50% return in a day
Mitchel Pioneer
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Here comes the hand placement of the laughable DOW above 32K.  Assume the position America, the fraud is going into hyperdrive, as the greatest financial fraud in world history goes into runaway mode.
Ken Byron
Ken Byron Feb 24, 2021 2:00PM ET
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It is freaking laughable
michael grig
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what do you mean by fraud?
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manipulation, plain and simple. price discovery doesnt mean squat any more; fundamentals and technicals dont matter either...
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Let's get the DOW to 60k already. What is the hold up?
 
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