S&P 500 posts record close, fourth consecutive win


The final week of 2021 got off to a good start, with each of the top three indices securing a fourth consecutive daily victory. The Dow Jones added 351 points, while the S&P 500 notched a high intraday charge and near record, as investors applauded the “Santa Claus Gathering.” The high-tech Nasdaq also walked away with solid gains, after new data confirmed that the omicron variant of Covid-19 is less severe than other strains. Strong holiday retail sales data, which showed an 8.5% year-on-year growth rate, the fastest in 17 years, also helped investor sentiment today. Meanwhile, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) recorded its fourth consecutive loss.

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the Dow Jones Average (DJI – 36,302.38) increased 351.8 points, or 1% for the day. Microsoft (MSFT) led the winners, adding 2.3%, while Walt Disney (DIS) caught up with the laggards with a 0.5% drop.

the S&P 500 Index (SPX – 4,791.19) added 65.4 points, or 1.4% for the day. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC – 15,871.26) jumped 217.9 points, or 1.4% for the day.

Finally, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX – 17.68) loses 0.3 point, or 1.6% for the day.

  1. Chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci said the reduction isolation time for people infected with Covid-19 is now “seriously considered”. (Market observation)
  2. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson decides whether or not to impose Restrictions related to Covid-19 in England, after Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland started new borders. (CNBC)
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There were no notable earnings reports today.


Gold secures winning streak as US dollar strengthens

Oil prices posted a solid victory on Monday, returning to positive territory at the end of the session as investors appeared broadly to rule out the rise in Covid-19 infections and favor riskier assets. In turn, February crude added $ 1.78, or 2.4%, to close at $ 75.57 a barrel.

Meanwhile, gold prices retreated as the US dollar strengthened, ending a three-day winning streak. However, the precious metal was still able to hold above the psychologically significant level of $ 1,800. Gold dated February fell $ 2.90, or 0.2%, to close at $ 1,808.80 an ounce.

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