The Nasdaq ended Friday at a new peak but the other main Wall Street indexes fell, reflecting the mixed sentiment stemming from a disappointing U.S. jobs report which raised fears about the pace of economic recovery but weakened the argument for near-term tapering.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq eked out record finishes on Thursday, while the Dow also posted a modest gain, as higher commodity prices helped energy names recover ground and the latest jobs data left investors unfazed about existing positions.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq topped their record closes once again on Monday, bolstered by technology stocks, as last week’s dovish comments from the Federal Reserve on tapering its monetary stimulus refocused investors’ minds on economic growth.
The S&P 500 stumbled Thursday, as investors erred on the side of caution amid expectations the Federal Reserve could drop its clearest hint yet that loose monetary policy measures will be reined in sooner rather than later.
Wall Street gained ground again on Wednesday, with chipmakers and financials helping to push the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq to record closing highs as investors look to the upcoming Jackson Hole Symposium for assurances that Federal Reserve’s timeline for policy tightening remains intact.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at record highs Tuesday, supported by an climb in energy and consumer discretionary amid easing worries about a slowdown in the global recovery.