Wall Street Climbs on Boost from Financials, Tech Stocks

U.S. stock indexes broadly rose on Friday, with technology and financial shares providing the biggest boost as investors bet on what is expected to be the fastest economic growth since 1984, Reuters reports.

The S&P 500 and the Dow were set to end a choppy week higher as an end-of-quarter rebalancing of investment portfolios led to alternating boost from stocks that stand to benefit from a re-opening economy, and beaten-down technology shares.

The S&P 500 value index, which includes energy, banks and industrial stocks, has gained more than 9% this year, easily outperforming growth shares, which are down 0.4%.

“Investors are thinking about an economic recovery over the balance of the year and are taking a step back to evaluate valuations, fundamentals and some of the macro economic drivers,” said Brian Vendig, managing executive at MJP Wealth Advisors in Westport, Connecticut.

“You have people trying to get back to work, you have checks in hand to consumers and you have other policy measures that are coming to support the economic reopening.”

L Brands jumped about 6% after the Victoria’s Secret owner raised its current-quarter profit forecast for the second time this month as it benefits from consumers spending their stimulus checks and relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.

Wall Street’s main indexes rebounded in late-day rally on Thursday as weekly jobless claims hit their lowest level since the COVID-19 pandemic began and President Joe Biden highlighted the brightening economic outlook.

Bank stocks added 1.3% as the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would lift income-based restrictions on bank dividends and share buybacks for “most firms” in June after its next round of stress tests.

Energy stocks jumped 1.4%, tracking a boost in crude prices after a giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal spurred fears of supply squeeze.

Nine of the 11 major S&P sectors rose with utilities and consumer staples in the red.

At 10:00 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 150.22 points, or 0.46%, at 32,769.70, the S&P 500 was up 18.76 points, or 0.48%, at 3,928.28, and the Nasdaq Composite was up 46.73 points, or 0.36%, at 13,024.41.

Nio Inc slumped about 6% as the Chinese electric vehicle maker said it would halt production for five working days at its Hefei plant due to a shortage in semiconductor chips.

Latest data showed U.S. consumer spending fell by the most in 10 months in February as a cold snap gripped many parts of the country and the boost from a second round of stimulus checks faded, though the decline is likely to be temporary.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 3.47-to-1 ratio on the NYSE, and by a 1.99-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded 21 new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 33 new highs and nine new lows.

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