The DJ Automobile Manufacturers Index ($DJUSAU) has gained 88 percent in the last three months. That’s the biggest gain of more than 150 industry indexes on the TradeStation platform. The Auto Part Index ($DJUSAP) was the second-best performer, up 78 percent. In contrast, the broader S&P 500 has risen 12 percent in the same period.
The S&P 500 slid 1.5 percent between Friday, January 8, and Friday, January 15. It was the index’s sharpest decline since the week ended October 30. The Nasdaq-100 slid 2.3 percent, while the Russell 2000 rallied 1.5 percent. That divergence between big and small has been typical lately as money shifts to value stocks and newer companies.
Stocks begin 2021 on a strong note as investors look for the global recovery to accelerate and prepare for a busy month of news and events.
Target (TGT) surpassed estimates across the board: profit, revenue and same-store sales. Digital also grew 155 percent. Gross margin beat estimates by a full percentage point after effective merchandising reduced markdowns.
We’re finishing the busiest and most important week of earnings season. The five most-valuable U.S. companies issued results. Here’s a quick breakdown: