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Wall Street Rises to New Highs, Shrugging off Weak Jobs Report; Dow up 75 Pts

Stock Markets Jan 08, 2021 09:44AM ET
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By Geoffrey Smith 

Investing.com -- U.S. stock markets opened at fresh record highs again on Friday, set to round off a remarkable week on a high note despite the drama in Washington DC and the weakest labor market report in eight months.

By 9:40 AM ET (1440 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 76 points, or 0.2%, at 31,117 points. The S&P 500 was up 0.4% and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.7%. All three had closed at record highs again on Thursday. 

The market took in its stride figures showing that the economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. The development had been largely anticipated after private payrolls processor ADP's report on Wednesday, and market participants were mollified by a big upward revision to November's hiring numbers. The jobless rate stayed at 6.7% of the workforce.

The risks to the economy from a sharp rise in unemployment appear to have been reduced in the near term by the Democrats' victory in Georgia's two Senate runoff elections. Their consequent control of the upper chamber means that the incoming administration of Joe Biden will have less resistance to replacing the incomes of those who find themselves out of a job due to Covid-19.  BlueBay Asset Management's chief investment officer Mark Dowding said he expects between $1 and $2 trillion in extra fiscal spending that should lift the outlook for GDP this year.

Moreover, Dowding added, the Democrats' narrow margin of control in Congress means "it is unlikely much of the more expansive or radical aspects of the Biden agenda will see the light of day."

"Increased regulation on the energy sector, banks and big tech are all likely to be watered down in the face of state-level opposition," Dowding said .  

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock powered another 4.4% higher, adding another $30 billion to its market value without any news flow beyond the constant upward ratcheting of analyst price targets, all of which remain comfortably below the spot price. Its market value topped $800 billion for the first time, cementing founder Elon Musk's new position as the world's richest man.

Meanwhile Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock rose 0.6% after a curious flurry of press releases from Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor  (OTC:HYMLY), which was forced to walk back overnight claims of having held early stage talks about cooperating with the iPhone maker in the auto sphere. 

Various news reports have suggested that the company is intensifying its efforts to develop an electric-powered, self-driving car, a project that the company had appeared to put on the back burner a couple of years ago. Quantumscape (NYSE:QS), whose research into solid-state batteries had prompted speculation that it could partner with Apple in such a venture, eked out a 0.5% gain.

Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) stock rose another 13% on sustained enthusiasm after South Korea's SK Group agreed to invest $1.5 billion in a joint venture with the hydrogen fuel cell developer earlier in the week. The company is still unprofitable after 20 years, but its market value has risen nearly 100% in the last month to over $20 billion.

 

Wall Street Rises to New Highs, Shrugging off Weak Jobs Report; Dow up 75 Pts
 

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Stratus Angelacus
Stratus Angelacus Jan 09, 2021 4:19AM ET
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This Axiom never ceases. WHAT IS BAD ON MAIN STREET IS GREAT NEWS TO WALL STREET
Victor Asturias
Victor Asturias Jan 08, 2021 11:33AM ET
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Dow down 77 Pts
Victor Asturias
Victor Asturias Jan 08, 2021 11:33AM ET
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-111
Ricardo Diogo
Rcd72 Jan 08, 2021 11:28AM ET
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the nonsense goes on... I hope the democrats tax the robot trading..
Jeffro Bodene
Jeffro Bodene Jan 08, 2021 11:02AM ET
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Democrats are always better stewards of the economy. Wall Street knows this.
Sol Weinberg
Sol Weinberg Jan 08, 2021 10:52AM ET
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loonie tunes! nothing makes sense.
Nicolaas Ferreira
Nicolaas Ferreira Jan 08, 2021 10:44AM ET
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Enjoy it while it lasts
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jan 08, 2021 10:19AM ET
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The market expects 2k checks from Biden. That 2k mostly will end up in the market.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jan 08, 2021 10:16AM ET
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Man! Nothing stops this market. I just shorted it. It have to pull back a day or 2.
Mitchel Pioneer
Mitchel Pioneer Jan 08, 2021 10:11AM ET
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And once again, the US Ponzi Scheme "rallies" on American misery.  There's no end in sight to the criminal manipulation of the greatest financial fraud in world history.
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Dave Stein Jan 08, 2021 10:06AM ET
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what kind of reality are we living in. 4k people dying daily, unprecedented job losses...yet wall street spins any news as great news...shame on powell and trump for creating this mess.
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Where else new money goes? The more money usa prints, the more it goes to the market. The more it goes in, the more it is up?
 
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