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

 Stocks traded higher on Monday in advance of the final trading week of 2020 and as President Donald Trump unexpectedly signed an economic help bill.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 207 points, or 0.7 %. The S&P 500 climbed 0.7 %, and the Nasdaq Composite rose 0.6 %. All 3 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 immediate payments to Americans, rather than $600.

All of the bluster neither drastically changed to outlook for stocks, as markets still expected (and eventually 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 largely in place, and until that changes, longer-term view and the moderate for stocks will be good, Essaye included.

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 % along with 0.8 %, respectively.

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

Profit-taking might ramp up in the final week of the season, that has up to this point seen amazingly good returns. The S&P 500 has acquired 15.4 % year to date, while 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 country could see a surge in new Covid 19 infections following Christmas along with New Year’s celebrations. Two vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna have begun the distribution process this month. And so much more than one million folks in the U.S. are vaccinated.

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