Dow gains dwindle as tech stocks look to claw back losses from last week’s rout

U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Tuesday as the blue-chip Dow shed early gains ahead of a policy update by the Federal Reserve. The Nasdaq led the broader market rally as technology shares continued to make up lost ground from last week’s selloff.

How are equity benchmarks performing?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.00%  rose 2.27 points to finish at 27,995.60, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.52%  gained 17.66 points, or 0.5%, to trade at 3,401.20, marking its third straight increase. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.20%  finished up 133.67 points, or 1.2%, at 11,190.32, logging back-to-back gains.

On Monday, the Dow rose 327.69 points, or 1.2%, to finish at 27,993.33, after briefly trading above the 28,000 threshold. The S&P 500 added 42.57 points, or 1.3%, closing at 3,383.54. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 203.11 points, or 1.7%, to end at 11,056.65, rebounding from a rout that last week saw the tech-heavy index enter correction territory by falling more than 10% from a record high.

What’s driving the market?

A pickup in merger-and-acquisition activity in helped tech shares regain their footing after last week’s selloff, perhaps prompting investors to reason that valuations weren’t so stretched if companies like chip maker Nvidia Corp. NVDA, +0.92%  were poised to make acquisitions, said Elliott Savage, portfolio manager for the YCG Enhanced Fund, in an interview. Nvidia on Sunday said it reached an agreement to buy Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion.

Caution remains in order though, he said. A sharp rally by stocks off the March pandemic lows has been fueled by a combination of improving earnings

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