NEW YORK CITY, RAW – Wall Street’s main indexes have slipped as investors digest a recent run to record highs on hopes of new fiscal package and vaccine roll-outs for the coronavirus-ravaged economy while Intel shares jumped on executive change.
The chipmaker said it would replace Chief Executive Officer Bob Swan with VMware Inc CEO Pat Gelsinger next month.
Its shares gained 7.5 per cent to touch a six-month high.
Shares of VMware slumped 5.5 per cent.
Expectations of a hefty COVID-19 relief package under the incoming Joe Biden administration and hopes of a rebound in corporate earnings this year have eclipsed concerns over signs that the labour market recovery has stalled amid rampant COVID-19 infections.
“The market has discounted the rise in (COVID-19) cases and is really focused on what things look like in the second half of 2021, when vaccines have been widely distributed and the more impaired sectors of the economy are up and running again,” said Dan Eye, head of asset allocation and equity research at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
“Valuations are stretched in a lot of segments within tech and growth. But that’s not the case with a lot of value sectors such as financials, energy… things are set up very well for continuation of the rotation into value.”
Five of the 11 major S&P sectors rose in early trading with real estate and utilities up more than 0.5 per cent.
Investors are watching events in Washington DC, where the US House of Representatives gathered to consider impeaching President Donald Trump for his role in an assault on the US Capitol that left five dead.
US Federal Reserve officials on Tuesday said that concerns about continued violence pose a risk but the transition to a new administration on January 20 and a likely accelerating vaccine rollout have left them optimistic.
The new Senate will take up further COVID-19 relief legislation as soon as Democrats take control of the chamber, US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer assured on Tuesday.
In early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 41.68 points, or 0.13 per cent, to 31,027.01, the S&P 500 lost 4.88 points, or 0.13 per cent, to 3,796.31 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.57 points, or 0.01 per cent, to 13,073.19.
Earnings reports from big US banks including JPMorgan and Citigroup will mark the unofficial start to the fourth-quarter earnings season later this week.
General Motors Co added another 2.0 per cent on top of Tuesday’s 6.0 per cent jump after the car maker announced its entry into the growing electric delivery vehicle business.
Exxon Mobil Corp rose 0.3 per cent after JP Morgan upgraded the stock to “overweight”, saying cuts in capital spending had put the oil major on track for a stronger performance.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals climbed 1.5 per cent as the US government said it would buy 1.25 million additional doses of the company’s COVID-19 antibody cocktail for about $US2.63 billion ($A3.40 billion).
Declining issues outnumbered advancers by a 1.2-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 1.4-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.
The S&P 500 posted 33 new 52-week highs and no new lows while the Nasdaq recorded 262 new highs and four new lows.