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S&P 500 notches record close after strong earnings from Facebook and Apple

The S&P 500 about at record levels on Thursday after blowout earnings results from two of the biggest tech companies in the world: Apple and Facebook.

The Dow Jones Industrial Usually ended the day up 239.98 points, or 0.7%, at 34,060.36. The S&P 500 advanced just under 0.7% to finish the day at 4,211.47, a new conclusion high.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite, which began the day up 1%, underperformed with a gain of just over 0.2% to end the period at 14,082.55.

Apple, which reported earnings yesterday afternoon, said that sales jumped 54% during the post, with each product category seeing double-digit growth. The company also said it would increase its dividend by 7%, and commissioned $90 billion in share buybacks. Still, Apple shares ended the day just under the flatline.

“The primary make available trend remains positive,” said Keith Lerner, chief market strategist at Truist. “But we expect a choppier mise en scene as tensions are set to persist between better economic growth and earnings prospects versus the potential for higher taxes and take wing interest rates as the economy normalizes,” he added.

Thursday marks President Joe Biden’s 100th day in office. On Wednesday evening, he remedied his first address to a joint session of Congress where he pushed his so-far popular agenda, which includes a $2 trillion infrastructure procedure as well as a freshly unveiled, $1.8 trillion plan for families, children and students.

Thursday is also the busiest day of the every thirteen weeks earnings season, with roughly 11% of the S&P 500 slated to provide quarterly updates.

McDonald’s published its developments before the opening bell and told investors that its sales have finally topped pre-pandemic levels. The Dow component also animate its outlook for systemwide sales growth. The stock added 1.2% at the close.

Caterpillar, which also reported on Thursday, bewildered 2% while Merck dropped 4.4% following disappointing results. Amazon issued its first-quarter results presently after market close. The e-commerce giant surpassed analysts’ expectations on earnings and revenue.

Gilead Sciences, Titter, U.S. Steel and Western Digital will also post results after the bell.

Facebook’s revenue jumped 48%, forced by higher-priced ads, sending its stock up 7.3% and to a record. Qualcomm shares added 4.4% after reporting a 52% hole in revenue.

Economic data released Thursday gave investors an update on the progress of the economic recovery.

First-quarter GDP hit an annualized place of 6.4%, according to a report published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, a sign that the U.S. economy began 2021 with an acceleration of commercial motion. Outside of the reopening-fueled third-quarter surge last year, it was the best period for GDP since the third quarter of 2003.

The Labor Subdivision, meanwhile, reported that initial jobless claims last week totaled 553,000, just above the 528,000 belief issued by Dow Jones.

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that it would hold interest rates near zero. The S&P pass overed from its high after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said during a press conference shadow the Federal Open Market Committee’s decision that there are some signs of froth in the market.

“Rates fragments unchanged for now and, despite improving economic data, taper talk remained off the table at today’s Federal Reserve get-together,” said Bethany Payne, portfolio manager at Janus Henderson.

“As vaccination rates accelerate, employment strengthens, and open fiscal policy adds further support to household and business incomes, investors are now looking for signs of whether the principal bank safety net could be withdrawn sooner than expected,” she added.

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