Stock futures rise after S&P 500 notches best week since February at record high – CNBC

December 13, 2021 by No Comments

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on December 08, 2021 in New York City.

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Stock futures rose early Monday after the S&P 500 notched its best week since February at a fresh record close, rebounding from a big sell-off triggered by fears of the omicron coronavirus variant.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures traded 75 points higher, or 0.2%. S&P 500 futures inched up 0.3% and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.4%.

Moderna shares were among the strongest gainers premarket Monday, rising 2.4% a day after the White House’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci called Covid booster shots “optimal care,” but said the definition of fully vaccinated would not change.

Elsewhere, Apple moved closer in its quest to become the market’s first $3 trillion company, gaining 1% premarket following an upgrade from JP Morgan.

Also, chipmaker Nvidia, which has become a signature reopening trade, was up 1.7% on optimism that omicron would not be as disruptive as initially thought.

The early Monday action followed a strong week on Wall Street as investors shrugged off a hot inflation reading. The blue-chip Dow gained 4% last week, breaking a four-week losing streak with its best weekly performance since March. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite jumped 3.8% and 3.6%, respectively, last week, both posting their best weekly performance since early February.

Investors digested a jump in headline inflation data, which came in at 6.8% in November year-over-year for the biggest surge since 1982. The print was marginally higher than the 6.7% Dow Jones estimate.

“The fact is that inflation is likely to remain on the higher side for a while and risks of sticky inflation remain, although we believe that the passing of base effects and the easing of supply chain constraints by the end of the first quarter of next year should slowly bring inflation down to more comfortable levels,” Rick Rieder, BlackRock’s chief investment officer of global fixed income, said in a note.

The key inflation reading came ahead of the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting this week where the policymakers are expected to discuss speeding up the end of its bond-buying program.

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Fed Chair Jerome Powell, as well as a parade of Fed speakers, all recently suggested the central bank could end the $120 billion monthly bond purchase program sooner than the current timeline of June 2022.

“We think strong economic growth, labor market recovery and elevated inflation has clearly moved the Fed toward an accelerated focus on shifting policy and particularly in getting quantitative easing over with,” …….



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