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Dow rises in excess of 200 points, hits record very high as Wall Street kicks off last week of 2020

 Stocks traded higher on Monday ahead of the final trading week of 2020 and as President Donald Trump suddenly signed an economic relief bill.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 207 points, or maybe 0.7 %. The S&P 500 climbed 0.7 %, and the Nasdaq Composite rose 0.6 %. All three major indexes hit record highs at the open.

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 would veto the legislation, demanding $2,000 direct payments to Americans, rather than $600.

Most of the bluster neither drastically changed to perspective for stocks, as markets still expected (and ultimately received) stimulus of a minimum of $900 billion to pass, wrote Tom Essaye, founding father of The Sevens Report.

The 5 pillars of the rally (Federal stimulus, FOMC stimulus, vaccine rollout, divided government and no double dip-recession) re main largely in place, and until that changes, longer term perspective and the medium for stocks will be good, Essaye included.

Apple led the Dow higher, rising 2.5 %. Tech as well as components had been the best-performing sectors in the S&P 500, gaining 0.9 % along with 0.8 %, respectively.

Wall Street is actually coming off a quiet holiday week in which the major averages were flat. The S&P 500 fell 0.2 % last week as some investors took the chips off into the year end. The 30 stock Dow eked out a 0.1 % gain for the same period.

Profit-taking could ramp up in the very last week of the year, which has up to this point seen astonishingly strong returns. The S&P 500 has gotten 15.4 % year to date, even though the Dow has climbed 6.4 %. The Nasdaq has soared 43.2 % this season as investors favored high-growth technology names during the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Sunday that the united states could see a surge in new Covid-19 infections after Christmas along with New Year’s celebrations. Two vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer have begun the distribution process this month. So much more than one million men and women in the U.S. are vaccinated.

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