Stock market news live updates: S&P 500 and Dow close at record highs, while Nasdaq edges lower – Yahoo Finance

Stock market news live updates: S&P 500 and Dow close at record highs, while Nasdaq edges lower – Yahoo Finance

The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average each soared to records on Wednesday, as the Dow extended its winning streak into a sixth day and the S&P 500 resumed a previous rally after wavering in intraday trading.

After struggling to stay afloat during the session, the S&P closed up 0.14% to an all-time high and its 70th record close of the year at 4,793.06, while the Dow hit 36,488.63. The Nasdaq continued to edge lower amid a broader rotation out of tech stocks.

“The market’s up about 30% this year, the S&P on a total return basis,” Hennessy Gas Utility Fund Portfolio Manager Josh Wein told Yahoo Finance Live. “With that in mind, I think the good times will continue.”

Declines in Tesla (TSLA) contributed to the Nasdaq’s losses during the session, with shares of the electric vehicle-maker dipping as much as 2.2% in intraday trading after CEO Elon Musk sold another $1 billion of company stock.

The latest sale brings him closer to his target of reducing his stake in the company by 10%. Shares of Tesla closed down -0.21% at $1,086.19 a piece.

But Tesla bulls like Wedbush analyst Dan Ives remain confident in the company. Ives thinks its shares could be headed to $1,800.

“Demand for China is the linchpin,” Ives, who rates the EV maker at Outperform, said on Yahoo Finance Live. “As capacity builds in Berlin and Austin, that’s what I think sends Tesla’s stock to $1,400 as our base case. Our bull case is $1,800.”

Investors will turn their attention on Thursday to fresh data out of Washington on weekly jobless claims.

First-time unemployment filings are expected to tick up slightly from last week’s reading but remain near pre-pandemic lows, signaling continued recovery in the labor market as high demand for workers pours into the new year.

“We’re facing some headwinds that could challenge the bull market continuing to run,” Sound Planning Group CEO David Stryzewski told Yahoo Finance Live. “We’re looking at a 40-year inflation… the consumer’s continued relatively strong… we’re looking at interest rates right now at 40-year lows.”

Main Street Asset Management CIO Erin Gibbs told Yahoo Finance Live that pullbacks caused by the Omicron variant resemble those that occurred when the Delta strain first took course and are likely to see the same gradual but upward recovery.

“We encourage our clients to stay in the markets, not to get out, because when those recoveries hit and when the sentiment changes, it happens so quickly that often by the time you get back into the market, you’ve already missed out,” she said.

Global COVID-19 cases hit a daily record earlier this week. Infections from the highly-transmissible Omicron variant — found to spread 70 times faster than previous strains — comprised much of the newly tracked positive tests, though studies indicate illness caused by the strain is less likely to be severe or lead to hospitalizations.

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