Stocks Rise, Giving S&P 500, Nasdaq Fresh Records
By Anna Hirtenstein and Karen Langley
U.S. stocks rose Tuesday, giving the S&P 500 and Nasdaq
Composite Index fresh records, as the optimism behind the November
market rally extended into a new month.
The broad S&P index gained 1.1%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq
added 1.3%, both hitting closing records as of 4 p.m. ET. The Dow
Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.6%, or about 185 points, to
29824, after Monday closing out its best month since 1987.
Despite the tumult of 2020, the S&P 500 is up 13% for the
year, while the surge in technology shares has helped the Nasdaq
Investors' sentiment has been buoyed in recent weeks by
promising reports on the development of Covid-19 vaccines, which
could curtail infection levels and let social and business activity
return to pre-pandemic levels.
"That news was so much more positive than I think people
expected," said Elliott Savage, portfolio manager of YCG Enhanced
Fund. "To have two come out that were 90 and 95% effective, I think
that just was a very big change in expectations for how quickly the
economy can get back to quote-unquote normal."
Pfizer partner BioNTech and U.S. drugmaker Moderna have applied
for their coronavirus vaccines to be approved in the European
Union, the EU's chief medicines regulator said Tuesday.
In another potential positive for the markets, on Tuesday
negotiations in Washington over additional coronavirus relief
showed signs of resuming. Investors have closely followed
developments that could lead to more economic stimulus.
Tuesday's gains were broad, with all 11 sectors of the S&P
500 gaining ground. A wide range of stocks have powered the recent
rally, meaning that major indexes have been less reliant on a few
highflying companies to lift them higher.
The broadening of market participation is a healthy sign, said
Lauren Hill, portfolio manager at Westwood Holdings Group.
"I think that means that more people believe that the recovery
is taking shape with the vaccine announcements that we've had in
the last few weeks," she said. "People are looking ahead to 2021
Among individual stocks, Tesla shares rose 2.6% after S&P
Dow Jones Indices said it would add the car maker's full weight to
the S&P 500 in one move before the start of trading on Dec.
Shares in Zoom Video Communications dropped 15%. The
videoconferencing company on Monday signaled that higher sales in
recent months have come with higher costs, disappointing
In bond markets, the yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S.
Treasury note rose to 0.928%, from 0.845% on Monday.
Overseas, the pan-continental Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.7%.
Surveys on manufacturing activity in many major European economies
on Tuesday showed a broad continued expansion in the eurozone.
"The manufacturing sector is one part of the European economy
that is actually managing to retain some degree of resilience,"
said Michael Hewson, a chief markets analyst at CMC Markets.
"Ultimately it is encouraging, but it doesn't tell us much about
the more vulnerable sectors of the economy like services."
In Asia, most major benchmarks rose by the close of trading. The
Shanghai Composite Index added 1.8%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced
0.9% and Japan's Nikkei 225 climbed 1.3%.
A private gauge of manufacturing activity in China hit its
highest level in a decade in November, signaling a strong recovery
in the world's second-largest economy.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
December 01, 2020 16:19 ET (21:19 GMT)
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