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

Stocks ended 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 %, even though the Dow concluded just 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 profits to fall more than 1 % and guide back from a record high, after the company posted a surprise quarterly profit and cultivated Disney+ streaming subscribers more than expected. Newly public company Bumble (BMBL), which started 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 much stronger than expected earnings results, with corporate earnings rebounding way quicker than expected despite the continuous pandemic. With more than eighty % of companies now having reported fourth quarter results, S&P 500 earnings per share (EPS) have topped estimates by seventeen % in aggregate, and bounced back above pre-COVID levels, in accordance with an analysis by Credit Suisse analyst Jonathan Golub.

“Prompt and generous government activity mitigated the [virus related] injury, leading to outsized economic and earnings surprises,” Golub said. “The earnings recovery has been substantially more effective than we could have imagined when the pandemic first took hold.”

Stocks have continued to establish new record highs against this backdrop, and as monetary and fiscal policy assistance stay strong. But as investors come to be accustomed to firming corporate performance, businesses may need to top greater expectations to be rewarded. This can in turn put some pressure on the broader market in the near term, as well as warrant more astute assessments of specific stocks, based on some strategists.

“It is actually no secret that S&P 500 performance has long been really powerful over the past few calendar years, driven mainly through valuation development. Nonetheless, with the index P/E [price-to-earnings ratio] recently eclipsing its previous dot com extremely 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 is going to be necessary for the next leg higher. Thankfully, that is precisely what current expectations are forecasting. Nevertheless, we in addition discovered that these kinds of’ EPS-driven’ periods tend to be more challenging from an investment strategy standpoint.”

“We believe that the’ easy cash days’ are over for the time being and investors will need to tighten up the aim of theirs by evaluating the merits of individual stocks, rather than chasing the momentum-laden strategies who have 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 exactly 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’ will be the most cited Biden policy on corporate earnings calls: FactSet
Fourth-quarter earnings season marks the first with President Joe Biden in the White House, bringing a new political backdrop for corporations to contemplate.

Biden’s policies around climate change and environmental protections have been the most cited political issues brought up on company earnings calls so far, according to an analysis from FactSet’s John Butters.

“In terms of government policies discussed in conjunction with the Biden administration, climate change as well as energy policy (28), tax policy (20 ) and COVID-19 policy (nineteen) have been cited or perhaps talked about by the highest number of businesses with this point on time in 2021,” Butters wrote. “Of these 28 firms, 17 expressed support (or a willingness to work with) the Biden administration on policies to reduce carbon as well as greenhouse gas emissions. These seventeen corporations both discussed initiatives to minimize their own carbon as well as greenhouse gas emissions or perhaps goods or services they provide to help clients and customers lower the carbon of theirs and greenhouse gas emissions.”

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

The list of twenty eight firms discussing climate change as well as energy policy encompassed businesses from an extensive array of industries, like JPMorgan Chase, United Airlines Holdings and 3M, alongside conventional oil majors as Chevron.

11:36 a.m. ET: Stocks mixed, S&P 500 and Nasdaq turn positive
Here is in which 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 yield 1.185%

10:15 a.m. ET: Consumer sentiment suddenly plunges to a six-month lower in February: U. Michigan
U.S. consumer sentiment slid to probably the lowest level since August in February, according to the Faculty of Michigan’s preliminary once a month survey, as Americans’ assessments of the path forward for the virus stricken economy suddenly grew much more grim.

The headline consumer sentiment index dipped to 76.2 from 79.0 in January, sharply missing expectations for a surge to 80.9, based on Bloomberg consensus data.

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

“Presumably a new round of stimulus payments will bring down fiscal hardships with those with the lowest incomes. More shocking was the finding that consumers, despite the likely passage of a grand 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 is where marketplaces had been trading simply 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 cash just discovered the largest-ever week of theirs of inflows for the period ended February ten, with inflows totaling a record $58.1 billion, as reported by Bank of America. Investors pulled a total of $800 million out of gold and $10.6 billion out of money during the week, the firm added.

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

Bank of America warned that frothiness is actually rising in markets, nevertheless, as investors keep piling into stocks amid low interest rates, and hopes of a solid recovery for the economy and corporate profits. The firm’s proprietary “Bull as well as Bear Indicator” tracking 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
Below were the main moves in markets, as of 7:16 a.m. ET Friday:

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

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

Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 13,711.25, down 17.75 points or 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 deliver 1.163%

6:03 p.m. ET Thursday: Stock futures tick higher
Here is in which marketplaces were trading Thursday as over night trading kicked off:

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

Dow futures (YM=F): 31,327.00, down 32 points or perhaps 0.1%

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