The Federal Reserve’s in a tricky spot this week, committed to dovish monetary policy as the economy roars back from the coronavirus pandemic.
The SPDR Industrial ETF (XLI) set a new all-time closing high on Friday, while the SPDR Technology ETF (XLK) slid for a third straight week. The divergence follows a new trend of investors shifting toward value stocks that can withstand higher interest rates. They’re also looking for companies that can benefit from faster gross domestic product.
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.
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.
An upgrade by Goldman Sachs was the latest catalyst for the stock, already up 609 percent this year. Analyst Mark Delaney based his call on macro and micro factors.
JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C) and Wells Fargo (WFC) reported third-quarter results this week. JPM and C beat estimates across the board, partially because of stock and bond trading.
The Nasdaq-100 rose 4.2 percent between Friday, October 2, and Friday, October 9. It was the index’s third straight positive week, and its best performance since early July. Its gain was also twice the advance of the broader S&P 500 index.