Wall Street Nudges Toward More Records

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) AP

New York: U.S. Stocks are drifting toward more records in quiet trading Monday ahead of what could be a quiet, holiday-shortened week.

The S&P 500 was 0.2% higher in midday trading and on track to close above its all-time high set on Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 51 points, or 0.1%, as of 11:20 a.m. Eastern time, and the nasdaq composite was 0.2% higher.

Autodesk jumped 5% for one of the market's biggest gains after after an investment firm said it will try to delay the software company's annual meeting so that it can nominate new directors for the board. Starboard Value also outlined how it says Autodesk hasn't performed as well financially as it should have.

Chip company Broadcom rose 3.6% to add to gains from last week after it reported better profit than expected and said it would undergo a 10-for-one stock split to make its price more affordable.

It followed Nvidia, the company that's become the poster child of Wall Street's frenzy around artificial-intelligence technology and just executed a similar split.

Broadcom was one of the strongest forces pushing the S&P 500 upward, along with a 1.8% rise for Apple and 4.1% jump for Tesla.

They were helping to offset weakness caused by rising Treasury yields in the bond market. The climb in yields erased some of the slack created last week when better-than-expected reports on inflation raised hopes that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates later this year.

This upcoming week has few top-tier economic reports for the United States, outside of Tuesday's update on how much customers are spending at U.S. retailers and Friday's preliminary look at the state of U.S. business activity. Markets will also be closed Wednesday for the Juneteenth holiday.

A report on Monday said manufacturing in New York state is still contracting, though not by as much as economists expected. Manufacturing has been one of the areas hardest hit by the Federal Reserve's zeal to keep its main interest rate at the highest level in more than two decades.

The Fed is trying to hold rates high for long enough to slow the economy and snuff out high inflation, but it wants to cut rates and reverse the momentum before the slowdown can evolve into a painful recession.


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