Stock market updates: S&P 500 rises to a fresh history closing huge

Stocks concluded higher on Friday, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closing out the session at record levels.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq each rose about 0.5 %, while the Dow ended only a tick above the flatline. U.S. stocks shook off earlier declines after following a drop in overseas equities, after new data showed that UK gross domestic product (GDP) slumped by a report 9.9 % in 2020 as a virus-induced recession swept the country.

Shares of Dow component Disney (DIS) reversed earlier gains to fall more than one % and take back out of a record extremely high, after the company posted a surprise quarterly benefit and grew Disney+ streaming subscribers much more than expected. Newly public organization Bumble (BMBL), which began trading on the Nasdaq on Thursday, rose another seven % after jumping 63 % in the public debut of its.

Over the older couple weeks, investors have absorbed a bevy of stronger than expected earnings benefits, with corporate profits rebounding way quicker than expected regardless of the ongoing pandemic. With more than 80 % of businesses now having reported fourth quarter outcomes, S&P 500 earnings per share (EPS) have topped estimates by 17 % in aggregate, and bounced back above pre-COVID levels, according to an analysis by Credit Suisse analyst Jonathan Golub.

good government action and “Prompt mitigated the [virus-related] injury, leading to outsized economic and earnings surprises,” Golub said. “The earnings recovery has been considerably more robust than we could have imagined when the pandemic for starters took hold.”

Stocks have continued to establish new record highs against this backdrop, and as fiscal and monetary policy support stay robust. But as investors come to be accustomed to firming business functionality, businesses could possibly need to top even bigger expectations to be rewarded. This could in turn put some pressure on the broader market in the near term, as well as warrant much more astute assessments of specific stocks, based on some strategists.

“It is no secret that S&P 500 performance continues to be pretty formidable over the past few calendar years, driven mainly via valuation development. Nonetheless, with the index P/E [price-to-earnings ratio] recently eclipsing its prior dot com high, we believe that valuation multiples will begin to compress in the coming months,” BMO Capital Markets strategist Brian Belski wrote in a note Thursday. “According to our work, strong EPS growth will be necessary for the following leg greater. Fortunately, that is exactly what existing expectations are forecasting. However, we in addition found that these types of’ EPS-driven’ periods tend to be more complicated from an investment strategy standpoint.”

“We assume that the’ easy cash days’ are actually over for the time being and investors will have to tighten up their focus by evaluating the merits of individual stocks, instead of chasing the momentum-laden strategies who have just recently dominated the investment landscape,” he added.

4:00 p.m. ET: Stocks end higher, S&P 500 and Nasdaq reach history closing highs
Here is where the major stock indexes ended the session:

S&P 500 (GSPC): +18.55 points (+0.47 %) to 3,934.93

Dow (DJI): +27.44 points (+0.09 %) to 31,458.14

Nasdaq (IXIC): +69.70 points (+0.5 %) to 14,095.47

2:58 p.m. ET:’ Climate change’ is the most-cited Biden policy on company earnings calls: FactSet
Fourth-quarter earnings season represents the very first with President Joe Biden in the White House, bringing a brand new political backdrop for corporations to contemplate.

Biden’s policies around environmental protections as well as climate change have been the most cited political issues brought up on corporate earnings calls up to this point, in accordance with an analysis from FactSet’s John Butters.

“In terms of government policies mentioned in conjunction with the Biden administration, climate change and energy policy (28), tax policy (twenty ) and COVID-19 policy (nineteen) have been cited or talked about by probably the highest number of businesses through this point in time in 2021,” Butters wrote. “Of these twenty eight companies, 17 expressed support (or perhaps a willingness to work with) the Biden administration on policies to greatly reduce carbon as well as greenhouse gas emissions. These seventeen firms both discussed initiatives to reduce their own carbon and greenhouse gas emissions or services or items they provide to support customers and customers lower their carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.”

“However, four companies also expressed some concerns about the executive order establishing a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal lands (and also offshore),” he added.

The list of 28 companies discussing climate change as well as energy policy encompassed organizations from a diverse array of industries, including JPMorgan Chase, United Airlines Holdings and 3M, alongside conventional oil majors as Chevron.

11:36 a.m. ET: Stocks combined, S&P 500 and Nasdaq turn positive
Here is where markets were trading Friday intraday:

S&P 500 (GSPC): +7.87 points (+0.2 %) to 3,924.25

Dow (DJI): -8.77 points (0.03 %) to 31,421.93

Nasdaq (IXIC): +28.15 points (+0.21 %) to 14,053.77

Crude (CL=F): +$0.65 (+1.12 %) to $58.89 a barrel

Gold (GC=F): +$0.20 (+0.01 %) to $1,827.00 per ounce

10-year Treasury (TNX): +2.7 bps to deliver 1.185%

10:15 a.m. ET: Consumer sentiment unexpectedly plunges to a six month low in February: U. Michigan
U.S. consumer sentiment slid to the lowest level after August in February, according to the University of Michigan’s preliminary month to month survey, as Americans’ assessments of the road forward for the virus stricken economy unexpectedly grew more grim.

The headline consumer sentiment index dipped to 76.2 from 79.0 in January, sharply losing out on expectations for an increase to 80.9, based on Bloomberg consensus data.

The complete loss in February was “concentrated in the Expectation Index and among households with incomes under $75,000. Households with incomes in the bottom third reported major setbacks in the current finances of theirs, with fewer of these households mentioning latest income gains than anytime since 2014,” Richard Curtin chief economist for the university’s Surveys of Consumers, said in a statement.

“Presumably a brand new round of stimulus payments will lessen financial hardships among those with probably the lowest incomes. More shocking was the finding that customers, despite the expected passage of a massive stimulus bill, viewed prospects for the national economy less favorably in early February than last month,” he added.

9:30 a.m. ET: Stocks open lower, but speed toward posting weekly gains
Here’s where markets had been trading just after the opening bell:

S&P 500 (GSPC): 8.31 points (0.21 %) to 3,908.07

Dow (DJI): -19.64 (-0.06 %) to 31,411.06

Nasdaq (IXIC): 53.51 (+0.41 %) to 13,970.45

Crude (CL=F): -1dolar1 0.23 (0.39 %) to $58.01 a barrel

Gold (GC=F): 1dolar1 10.70 (-0.59 %) to $1,816.10 per ounce

10-year Treasury (TNX): +3.2 bps to deliver 1.19%

9:05 a.m. ET: Equity funds see highest weekly inflows ever as investors pile into tech stocks: Bank of America
Stock funds just saw their largest ever week of inflows for the period ended February ten, with inflows totaling a record $58.1 billion, based on Bank of America. Investors pulled a total of $800 million out of gold and $10.6 billion out of profit during the week, the firm added.

Tech stocks in turn saw their very own record week of inflows during $5.4 billion. U.S. large cap stocks saw the second largest week of theirs of inflows ever at $25.1 billion, and U.S. tiny cap inflows saw their third largest week at $5.6 billion.

Bank of America warned that frothiness is rising in markets, nevertheless, as investors keep on piling into stocks amid low interest rates, along with hopes of a strong recovery for the economy and corporate profits. The firm’s proprietary “Bull as well as Bear Indicator” monitoring market sentiment rose to 7.7 from 7.5, nearing an 8.0 “sell” signal.

7:14 a.m. ET Friday: Stock futures point to a lower open
The following were the primary actions in markets, as of 7:16 a.m. ET Friday:

S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,904.00, down 8.00 points or perhaps 0.2%

Dow futures (YM=F): 31,305.00, down fifty four points or 0.17%

Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 13,711.25, printed 17.75 points or even 0.13%

Crude (CL=F): 1dolar1 0.43 (0.74 %) to $57.81 a barrel

Gold (GC=F): 1dolar1 9.50 (0.52 %) to $1,817.30 per ounce

10-year Treasury (TNX): +0.5 bps to yield 1.163%

6:03 p.m. ET Thursday: Stock futures tick higher
Here is where markets were trading Thursday as overnight trading kicked off:

S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,904.50, down 7.5 points or perhaps 0.19%

Dow futures (YM=F): 31,327.00, down thirty two points or perhaps 0.1%

Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 13,703.5, down 25.5 points or even 0.19%