President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill into law, averting a government shutdown and extending unemployment benefits to millions of Americans. The signing came many days after Trump suggested he will veto the legislation, demanding $2,000 direct payments to Americans, rather than $600.
Most of the bluster neither significantly changed to outlook for stocks, as markets still expected (and ultimately received) stimulus of a minimum of $900 billion to pass, wrote Tom Essaye, founder of The Sevens Report.
The five pillars of the rally (Federal stimulus, FOMC stimulus, vaccine rollout, divided government and no double dip-recession) re-main mainly in place, and until that changes, the moderate and longer term outlook for stocks will be good, Essaye added.
Apple led the Dow higher, rising 2.5 %. Tech as well as supplies were the best-performing sectors in the S&P 500, gaining 0.9 % as well as 0.8 %, respectively.
Wall Street is coming off a peaceful holiday week wherein the main averages had been level. The S&P 500 fell 0.2 % last week as several investors procured the chips off to the year-end. The 30-stock Dow eked out a 0.1 % gain for the very same period.
Profit-taking could ramp up in the final week of the year, which has thus far seen surprisingly good returns. The S&P 500 has gained 15.4 % year to date, while the Dow has climbed 6.4 %. The Nasdaq has soared 43.2 % this year as investors favored high growth technology names during the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Sunday that the country could see a surge in new Covid-19 infections following Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. 2 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna have started the distribution process this month. So far over one million people in the U.S. have been vaccinated.