The S&P 500 rose 1.7 percent between Friday, November 27, and Friday, December 4. It was the index’s fourth gain in the last five weeks. Other key benchmarks including the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq-100, Russell 2000 and Dow Jones Transportation Average also closed at record highs.
Technology stocks just had their worst month since March, but some big events could draw attention back to the group in October.
The Invesco Solar Energy ETF (TAN) shot 3 percent above its previous 52-week high yesterday. Of the 40+ thematic funds tracked by Market Insights, TAN is the only one above its early-September high. It’s also the top performer in 2020 with a gain of more than 100 percent.
Government shutdown? Nope. Trade war with China? Probably not if talks continue. Recession? Just when it looked like things were slowing down, the data turned positive. The pessimists just couldn’t win.
The S&P 500 rose less than 0.1 percent between Friday, February 1, and Friday, February 8. It was only the sixth and smallest advance in the last seven weeks, following the index’s sharp rebound in January. The index also had its narrowest weekly trading range (just 57 points) since late September.