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S&P 500, Dow Hit Records Again as Cyclicals Shine

Stock MarketsAug 11, 2021 04:18PM ET
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By Yasin Ebrahim

Investing.com – The S&P 500 and Dow notched record highs again Wednesday as investor optimism over the economy continues to grow at a time when inflation is showing signs of peaking. and lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to make progress on plans to boost infrastructure spending. 

The S&P 500 rose 0.3% to clinch an all-time closing high of 4,447.60. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.6%, or 220 points, to close at a record of 35,484.97. The Nasdaq was down 0.2%.

The consumer price index rose 0.5% in July, as expected, ending a string of the four-straight monthly upside surprises. On an annualized basis, consumer prices rose 5.4% in July, slightly higher than expected. Still, the sign of the cooling price pressures has eased fears of runaway inflation.

“For now, the streak of outsized inflation surprises is over,” Jefferies (NYSE:JEF) said. “However, it remains to be seen whether the period of elevated price pressures is truly over.”

U.S. Treasury yields retreated from highs following the inflation report, and suffered a further fall on signs of strong demand for the U.S. bonds. The $41 billion auction in 10-year Treasury notes on Wednesday was well received, with a bid-to-cover ratio that was the highest since May 2020, pointing to strong demand for the benchmark index at time when other sovereign bonds continue to yield negative returns.

The fall in yields didn’t stop the ascent in banking stocks, which have been steadily racking up gains recently.   Citigroup (NYSE:C), Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) and Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) were up more than 1%, pushing the broader financials higher.

Sentiment on stocks was also given a lift following further progress on the $1 trillion infrastructure bill.

After voting to pass the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which aims to improve the nation’s transportation, internet access and other projects, the Senate also passed a resolution to move ahead with a $3.5 trillion proposal focused on human infrastructure including health care and education.

Both bills have now moved to the House, but the fate of the smaller bipartisan infrastructure bill will depend on successful passage of the $3.5 trillion package. House speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested that the $3.5 trillion bill will need to be passed before the House will vote on the infrastructure bill.

Energy stocks bounced from session lows, building on a jump from a day earlier as oil prices advanced after the White House called on OPEC and its allies to boost production to support the global economic recovery.

Petroleum data on Wednesday showed weekly crude stockpiles fell less than expected. 

U.S. crude inventories fell by 448,000 barrels in the week to August 6, the EIA said in its Weekly Petroleum Status Report. 

There was little sign of reprieve for tech stocks, with the megacap stocks mostly under pressure.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) traded higher, while Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), Google-parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) were in the red.

Tech has lost some favor with investors recently as seemingly highly valued sectors like growth tend to come under pressure in rising rate environments.

With expectations of choppy trading for the broader market ahead, some are suggesting that investors with heavy exposure to tech make a move into the Dow Jones Jones Industrial Average.

“[O]ne actionable idea may be for those investors heavily weighted in tech to consider allocating some funds over to the Dow Jones Jones Industrial Average,” Dan Wantrobski, associate director of research at Janney Montgomery Scott wrote in a note.

S&P 500, Dow Hit Records Again as Cyclicals Shine
 

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Franco Dominguez
Franco Dominguez Aug 11, 2021 7:58PM ET
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the inflation is peace cause forcing cancel flights, forcing opec to expand supply, cancel credit cards of course the trend will be flat
Miles Mathewson
Miles Mathewson Aug 11, 2021 7:41PM ET
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It's the beginning of the end of this once great nation and the final days of a global power.  US debt will be 32 trillion after Biden spending spree. Just for perspective, the total money in the world today is 80 trillion And some wonder why bitcoin is where it is...people aren't stu_pid, they know this debt is unpayable.
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Franco Dominguez Aug 11, 2021 7:41PM ET
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86000 has to pay each american to pay the debt
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luckyyy gold Aug 11, 2021 7:41PM ET
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Exactly. Us is doomed
peter neal
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Keep Pumping $150 billion a month with 6 percent inflation and 12 percent in the real world. Even the Post Office can't find help. Keep easing and ******the bubble some More.
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I think wall street has come to take profit
Mitchel Pioneer
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Greatest financial fraud in history, and biggest investment joke in the world.
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the ****** is wrong with you?
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investor optimism lol ok, did not know algos had feelings.
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Algos read comments and act on sentiment
 
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