Twitter (TWTR) is up 27 percent since Friday, February 5. That makes it the best-performing member of the S&P 500 for the period. It’s also the biggest weekly gain for Jack Dorsey’s social-media company since February 2015.
Alphabet (GOOGL) made the biggest splash, spiking more than 12 percent to new record highs. The search giant benefited from a stay-at-home boom in online advertising. But a lot more is going on.
Apple led a busy week of earnings by crushing estimates as users clambered for new iPhones. Most other companies also had strong results — especially chip makers and industrials.
Netflix and Intel reported strong results this week as earnings season marches toward the major tech stocks.
The S&P 500 rose 1.8 percent between Thursday, December 31, and Friday, January 8. It was the biggest weekly gain since late November. planting the index above 3,800 for the first time ever. The Nasdaq-100, Russell 2000 and Dow Jones Industrial Average also hit new records.
ADP’s private-sector payrolls report on Wednesday and the Labor Department’s non-farms payrolls report on Friday both missed estimates. They were also negative — showing actual job losses — for the first time in at least six months.
Yesterday the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index spiked to its highest level in more than two years as new orders surged. That was a big improvement from the previous month, when coronavirus safety measures delayed work and kept employees at home.