NEW YORK CITY, RAW – The S&P 500 has surged in its strongest one-day gain since June as bond markets calm after a month-long sell-off and with approval for another COVID-19 vaccine and fiscal stimulus bolstering recovery expectations.
Johnson & Johnson end Monday up 0.5 per cent but off earlier highs, after it began shipping its single-dose vaccine as the third authorised vaccine in the United States over the weekend.
President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $US1.9 ($A2.5) trillion coronavirus relief package early on Saturday. The bill now moves to the Senate.
US bond yields eased after a swift rise last month on expectations of accelerated inflation due to bets on an economic rebound.
The US 10-year treasury yield dipped to 1.449 per cent after hitting a one-year high of 1.614 per cent.
“The sentiment is risk-on with more investors showing interest towards cyclical stocks while a positive vaccination drive and better macro numbers are hinting towards better growth,” said Keith Buchanan at Globalt in Atlanta.
Data showed US manufacturing activity increased to a three-year high in February.
All 11 S&P 500 sectors rallied, led by financials and technology.
Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Facebook Inc and Amazon.com Inc bounced back after a sell-off last week in tech stocks.
Apple rose over 5 per cent and was the strongest contributor to the S&P 500’s gains.
In extended trade, Zoom Video Communications jumped 10 per cent following its quarterly report.
The S&P 500’s rebound from its 50-day moving average, touched after Friday’s decline, is a bullish sign adding to investors’ enthusiasm, said CFRA Research strategist Sam Stovall.
“It’s a positive signal, at least in the near term, that the recent weakness has dissipated,” Stovall said.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 1.95 per cent to end at 31,535.51 points, while the S&P 500 gained 2.38 per cent to 3,901.82.
The Nasdaq Composite jumped 3.01% to 13,588.83.
The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies surged 3.37 per cent, putting its gain in 2021 at over 15 per cent, compared with the S&P 500’s gain of about 4 per cent in the same period.
Boeing Co jumped 5.8 per cent after United Airlines Holdings Inc ordered 25 new 737 MAX aircraft and moved up the delivery of others as it prepares to replace aging jets and meet expected growth in demand.
Warren Buffett’s enthusiasm for the future of the United States and his company Berkshire Hathaway Inc has not been dimmed by the pandemic, according to his annual letter to investors.
Berkshire’s shares rallied 3.6 per cent.
Perrigo Co Plc jumped 4.7 per cent as the consumer healthcare products company said it would sell its underperforming generic drugs business for $US1.55 billion.
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 3.81-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 4.29-to-1 ratio favored advancers.
The S&P 500 posted 48 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 197 new highs and 17 new lows.
Volume on US exchanges was 12.1 billion shares, compared with the 15.1 billion average for the full session over the last 20 trading days.