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S&P Closes Above 3,900 for First Time on Strength in Energy, Financials

Stock MarketsFeb 08, 2021 04:07PM ET
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By Yasin Ebrahim

Investing.com – The S&P ended above an unprecedented milestone to hit another all-time high Monday as both cyclicals and growth played a role in record-setting day for three major averages amid an improving Covid-19 backdrop and growing expectations for another round of fiscal stimulus. 

The S&P 500 was up 0.74% to 3,915.60, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 0.76%, or 237 points, and the Nasdaq Composite jumped 0.95%. All three major averages closed at all time highs. 

Energy led the gains in the broader market, underpinned by a more than one-year high on bets a pick up in the pace of vaccinations will lead to a strong reopening and boost energy demand.

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO), Apache Corporation (NASDAQ:APA) and Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) were up sharply, with the latter up about nearly 9%.

The energy sector was also supported by a rise in oil major Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) on an upgrade from BNP Paris to neutral from underperforming, citing the company's planned reduction on fossil fuel spending.

Disney (NYSE:DIS), up 5%, was one the biggest contributors to the move higher in the Dow Jones as investors bet that a faster pace of vaccinations will lead to quicker reopening of the company's theme parks. The rally in Disney comes just days ahead of its quarterly earnings report later this week.     

Financials were also among the biggest sector gainers.

Citigroup (NYSE:C) and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) added more than 1%, while Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE:GS) was up 2%. 

The move higher in cyclicals was also supported by falling Covid-19 cases and growing optimism that fiscal stimulus will be rolled out sooner rather than later.

The labor market is in a "deep hole," Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said, citing the 779,000 unemployment claims filed last week. "We need a big package and we need to get this done quickly," she added in an interview with CNN.

In the U.S., the number of cases has slowed from 235,000 to 87,000 with now more than 42 million vaccine doses administered. Despite progress, however, President Biden warned the U.S. probably won't reach herd immunity before the fall,” Stifel said in a note.

Quarterly earnings, meanwhile, continued to surprise to the upside.

Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS) fell 4% despite reporting fourth-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street estimates.

Hershey (NYSE:HSY) climbed 2% as a pandemic-led bump in sales helped the company deliver an earnings beat in the fourth quarter.

In tech, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) cut losses to end just above the flatline shrugging off media reports on Friday suggesting the tech company had paused its talks with Hyundai and Kia over plans to develop an electric vehicle.

Still, analysts on Wall Street say that it is matter of when not if the tech giant will make a foray into the electric vehicle industry.

"While the timing of an EV partnership with the likes of Hyundai, or another automaker, remains a key focus of the Street and EV industry over the coming months we assign a 85%+ chance that Apple will announce an EV partnership/collaboration over the next 3 to 6 months," Wedbush said in a note.

Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), meanwhile, closed down 1% as the company failed in its attempt to delay a vote from warehouse workers in Alabama to form a union. The ballot results are expected later this week.

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) climbed 1% after announcing that it had invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin. "We expect to begin accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment for our products in the near future, subject to applicable laws and initially on a limited basis," Tesla said in the securities filing.

Bitcoin surged to record highs on the news as the move from Tesla supports the idea of companies investing in Bitcoin as a treasury asset and further endorses the crypto as an inflation hedge, according to David Wachsman, chief executive and Founder of Wachsman.

"The narrative of bitcoin as an inflation hedge continues to hold water among corporates and institutional investors, with prominent advocates for investing in Bitcoin as a Treasury asset, such as Microstrategy (NASDAQ:MSTR)'s Michael Saylor likely driving this move by Tesla" Wachsman said in an email. 

S&P Closes Above 3,900 for First Time on Strength in Energy, Financials
 

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James Dorward
James Dorward Feb 08, 2021 5:40PM ET
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Everything goes up every year! insurance, utility bills, food, house, etc! so does stocks! no different!
michael engel
michael engel Feb 08, 2021 5:10PM ET
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SPX : Sept 2 to Oct 12 highs // and a parallel from Sept 8 close : SPX backbone.
Jimmy Kim
Jimmy Kim Feb 08, 2021 5:06PM ET
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FED behaves irresponsible = lathery equity bubble = inflation = richers property skyrockets = necessity becomes pricey = poor labors become more poor = nearsighted paradox
michael engel
michael engel Feb 08, 2021 4:46PM ET
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SPX SOT
Sixkidsoft Sixkid
Sixkidsoft Sixkid Feb 08, 2021 4:46PM ET
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okay done
michael engel
michael engel Feb 08, 2021 4:43PM ET
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1) Between sept & Oct SPX built a triangle, for the Nov jump. 2) Between Sept 2 and Oct 12 highs and a parallel line from Sept 8 close !!, SPX built a channel trending  down. A Lazer tilting lower. 3) SPX SOT since Jan 8. 4) SPX might bounce up and osc above the channel until late Feb, thereafter breach the cloud, above the spitz, and cross it. 5) SPX might osc above the Lazer to build a cause. 6) A cause for ==> an uptrend or a downtrend.
Casador Del Oso
Casador Del Oso Feb 08, 2021 4:36PM ET
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50% of 4000 is 2000
Sixkidsoft Sixkid
Sixkidsoft Sixkid Feb 08, 2021 4:36PM ET
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yeah
Michael Garrett
Michael Garrett Feb 08, 2021 4:33PM ET
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biden yellen and powell: make sure the poors stay poor
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Bear Bull Feb 08, 2021 4:32PM ET
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Yeah, it is late already, the economy is blossoming, new markets are being found, no company with a loss in the last 2 years, only successful companies and no bankruptcy was seen lately
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ooh
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Moratorium on foreclosures.... if I was a failing business I'd be pocketing as much cash as I could right before the bank came for the property...
 
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