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S&P 500, Nasdaq post biggest weekly gains since early November

Stock MarketsFeb 05, 2021 05:01PM ET
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By Caroline Valetkevitch

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks extended their recent rally on Friday and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes scored their biggest weekly percentage gains since the U.S. elections in early November, boosted by optimism over earnings, stimulus talks and progress on vaccine rollouts.

Both the Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 rose for a fifth straight session in their longest streak of gains since August, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq posted record closing highs for a second day in a row.

A smaller-than-expected rebound in the U.S. labor market last month highlighted the need for more government aid to shore up the economy. The Labor Department on Friday reported a 49,000 increase in nonfarm payrolls last month, but job losses in manufacturing and construction.

U.S. President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies in Congress moved ahead with their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package as lawmakers approved a budget plan that will allow them to muscle Biden's plan through in the coming weeks without Republican support.

"The upcoming package of stimulus is going to be big," said Alan Lancz, president of Alan B. Lancz & Associates Inc, an investment advisory firm based in Toledo.

"You have a situation where there's a lot of cash on sidelines and bonds have really underperformed, so that's helped some sectors that have really done poorly."

Upbeat earnings this week have also supported investor optimism. So far, stronger-than-expected corporate results in the fourth quarter have driven up analysts' expectations, and S&P 500 companies are on track to post earnings growth for the period instead of a decline as initially expected.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 92.38 points, or 0.3%, to 31,148.24, the S&P 500 gained 15.09 points, or 0.39%, at 3,886.83 and the Nasdaq Composite added 78.55 points, or 0.57%, at 13,856.30.

For the week, the S&P 500 gained 4.65%, the Nasdaq added 6.01% and the Dow increased 3.89%. The small-cap Russell 2000 index rose 7.7% for the week, its biggest weekly percentage gain since the week ended June 5.

The Cboe Volatility index fell and had its biggest weekly point drop since the week ended Nov. 6.

The S&P 500 technology index ended down 0.2% after hitting a record high earlier in the session.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) rose 1.5% after the drugmaker said it had asked U.S. health regulators to authorize its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.

Shares of GameStop Corp (NYSE:GME), caught in the recent social media-hyped trading frenzy, rose 19.2% on Friday, after online broker Robinhood lifted all the buying curbs imposed at the height of the battle between amateur investors and Wall Street hedge funds.

Clover Health Investments Corp shares ended up 5.7%. It said it would cooperate with a request from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. U.S. regulators are following up on a report about Clover by short-selling specialist Hindenburg Research.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 2.33-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.94-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted 34 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 286 new highs and four new lows.

Volume on U.S. exchanges was 13.65 billion shares, compared with the 15.5 billion average for the full session over the last 20 trading days.

S&P 500, Nasdaq post biggest weekly gains since early November
 

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Casador Del Oso
Casador Del Oso Feb 05, 2021 11:55AM ET
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New stimulus package will crush struggling small businesses with $15 minimum wage and paid time off.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Feb 05, 2021 11:55AM ET
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Years of education and experience tell you that or was it just Fox News?
Lex Wild
Lex Wild Feb 05, 2021 11:46AM ET
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More Stimulus needed ;-)
Rohit Poriya
Rohit Poriya Feb 05, 2021 11:20AM ET
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Dow Jones is a dog which is waiting for the stimulus bone since months... the pandemic is about to get over but DJ still wagging its tail in hope of stimulus
The Chad Bull
The Chad Bull Feb 05, 2021 11:19AM ET
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The Venezuelan Stock market is at all time record highs too
James Pattison
James Pattison Feb 05, 2021 9:43AM ET
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Job market is not rebounding... why dont you do real journalism... or do you just write what they tell you too? We had over 500,000 new intial job claims and added less than 50,000 new jobs... amazon is crushing the medium and small companies... when will you protect fhe people reuters...
The Chad Bull
The Chad Bull Feb 05, 2021 9:43AM ET
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Propaganda to make the usa seem strong when in reality it is a crumbling empire on the verge of total collapse
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They literally have another article on this. They right about more than one thing at a time you mega mind.
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its cute that I see you run to defend the propagandists over and over again. Good little slave.
 
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