The S&P 500 closes decrease in a risky session after the brand new pressure of Covid causes the UK to stall
The S&P 500 fell slightly into volatile trading on Monday to kick off the holiday week as excitement for a coronavirus stimulus deal was overwhelmed by concerns over a new viral strain of Covid in the UK
The broad stock index fell 0.4%, or 14.49 points, to 3,694.92 after falling nearly 2% from its session low. The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.1% or 13.12 points to 12,742.52. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was able to offset a 400 point loss for a small profit as the strength of Nike and bank stocks helped the blue-chip benchmark. The 30-share Dow rose 0.1%, or 37.40 points, to hit 30,216.45.
Nike gained almost 5% and hit a record high due to strong gains. Bank stocks rose 3.8% and 6.1% respectively, in line with JPMorgan and Goldman, after the Federal Reserve announced the industry could resume share buybacks in the first quarter of 2021.
Travel-related stocks initially fell sharply on news of an infectious new strain of coronavirus in the UK, which triggered tighter bans and travel restrictions across Europe. However, some believe that concerns about the new variant of the virus may be exaggerated.
The British tribe “does not appear to have mutated the virus’s surface proteins in such a way that they would bypass our vaccines or our previous immunity. In fact, we do not think that is the case,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb CNBC’s “Squawk Box”. ‘However, this suggests that this vaccine will likely evolve its surface proteins so that they will not be recognized by the antibodies we currently have and we need to update our vaccines.’
Gottlieb said the Covid virus didn’t seem to mutate its proteins as quickly as seasonal flu and estimated that vaccines would need to be updated roughly every three years.
Eli Lilly said Monday that his Covid antibody therapy should “maintain full activity against the new strain identified in the UK”
Airlines and cruise line stocks closed their session lows significantly. Norwegian ended the day 1.6% lower and Royal Caribbean fell 0.7%. American Airlines fell 2.5% after previously falling more than 5%, while United Airlines was down 1.5%. More than two dozen countries from Italy to India to El Salvador have banned flights from the UK or travelers who have been in the country.
Tesla fell more than 6% when it entered the S&P 500, with a 1.69% weight in the index, the fifth largest. The stock fell on its meeting after it was reported that Apple was pushing its plan to manufacture electric vehicles.
The troubled trade on Monday came as lawmakers reached an agreement on a $ 900 billion aid package that would provide direct payments and unemployment aid to struggling Americans. The announcement came after negotiators resolved an important sticking point by revoking the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending powers.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC’s Squawk Box that stimulus money would run out next week. The legislature will vote on the Aid and Financing Act on Monday.
With an agreed stimulus package, investors may also seek to make profits after an unexpected banner year. With less than two weeks of trading in 2020, the S&P 500 is up 14.4% over the year while the Dow is up 5.9% with 30 stocks. The Nasdaq Composite was up 42.0% for the year as investors preferred high-growth technology companies.
Key averages recently hit record highs amid optimism about a new coronavirus stimulus as well as the launch of the vaccine. Moderna ships its first batch of vaccine doses after the US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency approval. In the meantime, Pfizer and BioNTech will distribute the vaccine to healthcare workers across the country.
“Covid mutations are a reality, and there is at least some disappointment with what is actually in the stimulus deal, which means that it may translate into volatility if we narrow ourselves down in late 2020,” said Chris Larkin, Managing Director of Trading and investing in product at E-Trade.
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