Dow Jones hits record high 30,000 points, Australian shares to lift

26 Novembre, 2020, 11:23 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo Wednesday November 25

The S&P index recorded 50 new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 180 new highs and eight new lows.

Market participants said they expected US stocks to climb even higher, with a recent Reuters poll showing the S&P 500 is poised to rise 9% between now and the end of 2021.

"The long-term implications of the Yellen nomination are distinctly dollar negative".

The dollar index fell 0.2%, with the euro was up 0.25% at $1.187.

In currency trading, the United States dollar inched up to ¥104.50 from ¥104.30.

NEW YORK, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Wall Street was mixed on Wednesday as surging layoffs in the wake of a new round of shutdowns to contain spiraling COVID-19 infections dampened investor risk appetite. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast 730,000 applications.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 197.14 points, or 0.66%, to 29,849.1, the S&P 500 lost 12.24 points, or 0.34%, to 3,623.17 and the Nasdaq Composite added 29.74 points, or 0.25%, to 12,067.06.

"The question is, who wins the battle: the vaccines, or the rising cases in the short term?" said Christopher C. Grisanti, chief equity strategist at MAI Capital Management.

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Market participants believe US stocks have more room to climb.

Vaccine optimism, combined with another solid read on USA home prices, drove a broad market rally led by Dow members General Electric, Bank of America and Boeing.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.91%, while the MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe gained 1.44%, putting it on track to close at a record high.

Investors were surprised by an unexpected jump in weekly jobless claims.

The 10-year US yield rose to 0.885%, compared with Thursday's low of 0.818%. I think people are acknowledging that, and it's having a big effect. "To me the recovery isn't taking shape until we have a viable vaccine", said Justin Lederer, Treasury analyst and trader at Cantor Fitzgerald.

Brent crude, the global standard, rose 37 cents to US$48.15 a barrel.

US financial markets will be closed on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

"Investors anticipate a Yellen-led Treasury alongside Fed Chair (Jerome) Powell will deliver an unprecedented coordination of monetary and fiscal policy that will pump up the battered sectors of the USA economy", said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA in NY.

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