Wall Street mixed with stimulus in focus; Dow hits over five-month high
By Ambar Warrick and Medha Singh (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and Dow rose on Monday, as investors rotated into value stocks from heavyweight tech-focused companies while awaiting word on progress in the fiscal support bill for the country's battered economy.
By Ambar Warrick and Medha Singh
(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and Dow rose on Monday, as investors rotated into value stocks from heavyweight tech-focused companies while awaiting word on progress in the fiscal support bill for the country's battered economy.
The Nasdaq <.IXIC>, which hit a record high every day of last week, was dragged lower by Microsoft Corp
Bets on a potential coronavirus vaccine, historic fiscal and monetary support, and more recently, a better-than-expected second quarter earnings season have brought the S&P 500 to within 1% of its February record high.
"Particularly for many people who missed the rally, (cyclicals) is the only place where you can still find value," said Thomas Hayes, managing member at Great Hill Capital Llc in New York.
All three indexes opened higher after U.S. President Donald Trump signed executive orders that partly restored enhanced unemployment benefits after talks between the White House and top Democrats in Congress about fresh stimulus broke down last week.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in an interview to CNBC on Monday, said the Trump administration and Congress could reach an agreement as soon as this week if Democrats are "reasonable."
Value stocks, which tend to outperform growth coming out of a recession, have gotten a lift in recent days. The Russell 1000 value <.RLV> index rose 0.7% on Monday, while the Russell 1000 growth <.RLG> index slipped 0.3%.
"It's going to take a while before we can see some real good growth, but the market seems to be betting otherwise," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities in New York.
At 13:03 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> was up 272.55 points, or 0.99%, at 27,706.03, the S&P 500 <.SPX> was up 6.08 points, or 0.18%, at 3,357.36. The Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> was down 41.80 points, or 0.38%, at 10,969.18.
Energy <.SPNY> and industrials <.SPLRCI>, among the worst performers this year, led gains among major S&P sectors. Technology <.SPLRCT> and communication services <.SPLRCL> fell about 0.8% each.
Among individual movers, Eastman Kodak Co
Mall owner Simon Property Group
Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 2.60-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 1.66-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.
The S&P index recorded 36 new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 95 new highs and nine new lows.
(Reporting by Ambar Warrick and Medha Singh in Bengaluru, additional reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; editing by Uttaresh.V)
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