Stocks hit new highs as Trump signs stimulus package

By: Miguel A. Rodriguez

15:00, 29 December 2020

The final week of 2020 started with the major U.S indices hitting records after President Trump signed a $2.3 trillion spending bill that includes nearly $1 trillion of coronavirus relief.

USA30 ended Monday’s trading up 204 points, or 0.68%, while TECH100 surged 0.87%, and USA500 climbed 0.74%. Apple, Walt Disney, Visa, Facebook, and Amazon led the pack, all of them adding at least 3%.

Note that gains in Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft accounted for more than half of the S&P 500's 16.6% total return as of Dec. 16. Furthermore, the technology sector, along with shares of big tech-related companies - Amazon, Google, and Facebook - accounts for approximately 37% of the S&P 500.

Elsewhere on the Asian markets, Japanese stocks hit a 30-year high, as investors were encouraged by the Brexit trade deal and the U.S. pandemic relief package. At the end of Monday’s trading session, Japan225 jumped by 2.4% to its highest since August 1990.


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