Benchmarks closed in the green on Monday as signs of economic rebound overshadowed civil unrest amid coronavirus pandemic and rising U.S.-China tensions.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) rose 91.91 points, or 0.4%, to close at 25,475.02 and the S&P 500 rose 11.42 points, or 0.4% to close at of 3,055.73. While, the Nasdaq Composite Index closed at 9,552.05, adding 62.18 points, or 0.7%. The fear-gauge CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) increased 2.6%, to close at 28.23. Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones for 3.26-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and a 1.58-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq favored advancers.
How Did the Benchmarks Perform?
On Monday, tech giants Facebook, Inc. (FB - Free Report) Apple Inc. (AAPL - Free Report) and Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN - Free Report) rose 3%, 1.2% and 1.2% respectively, that provided the biggest lift to the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq. Out of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors, 10 closed in the positive, led by the real estate, which added 2.1%.
Apple sports a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
The health care sector ended in the red, 1% lower, as shares of Pfizer Inc. (PFE - Free Report) stumbled 7.2%. The company reported disappointing news concerning its Phase 3 early breast cancer Palbociclib Collaborative Adjuvant Study (PALLAS) trial results.
On the other hand, the Dow was boosted by The Boeing Company’s (BA - Free Report) 3.8% gain, breaking its two-day losing streak.
Overall, the S&P index recorded 20 new 52-week highs and no new lows. Meanwhile, Nasdaq recorded 98 new highs and 10 new lows.
Economic Rebound Soothes Civil Unrest
On Monday, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that its manufacturing index climbed to 43.1 in May, in line with the consensus estimate and above the 11-year low of 41.5 in April. The figures indicate expansion in the overall economy after April’s contraction as many panelists and their suppliers returned to work late in the month, on easing of coronavirus-led lockdowns.
Additionally, economy reopening in the United States helped shares of airlines, cruises and hotels to end higher. Shares of Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL - Free Report) and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL - Free Report) rose 6.7% and 7.3%, respectively, while Marriott International, Inc. (MAR - Free Report) ended the day 7.4% higher.
The reports overshadowed news of National Guard troops being deployed in 15 states and Washington, D.C. in an attempt to put an end to civil unrest. Protests were held across major cities over the death of George Floyd, in police custody.
The civil unrest in multiple states have prompted retailers,Target Corporation (TGT - Free Report) and Walmart Inc. (WMT - Free Report) to close down portions of their stores. While, ecommerce giant Amazon had to scale back deliveries.
China to Halt American Farm Goods Purchase
On Monday, Reuters and Bloomberg News reported that Chinese government officials have asked major state-run agricultural companies to pause purchases of some American farm goods which included pork and soybeans.
Earlier last week, China had tightened its control over Hong Kong by implementing a new national-security law. To which, the Trump administration on May 29 announced a number of measures against China, paving way for the United States to end Hong Kong’s special status.
However, none of the measures interfere with the Phase One trade deal closed before the coronavirus outbreak.
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