The S&P 500 has ended up slightly and the Nasdaq fell as investors extended a rotation into value stocks from heavyweight tech-related names while awaiting news on progress in a US fiscal support bill.
The Nasdaq, which hit a record high every day of last week, was dragged lower by Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc. The Dow sharply outperformed the other two major indexes.
Value stocks, which tend to outperform growth coming out of a recession, have gotten a lift in recent days. The Russell 1000 value index rose, while the Russell 1000 growth index slipped.
Similar rotations in recent years have not lasted very long, said Paul Nolte at Kingsview Investment Management in Chicago.
“Part of the reason the S&P 500 has been held back is we’re starting to see yet another rotation to value and away from growth,” he said.
“That tends to hold back the S&P because it’s so dominated by big tech.”
But, he said, at this point, “I’m looking at this more as a correction of growth than it is people abandoning stocks.”
Bets on a potential coronavirus vaccine, historic fiscal and monetary support, and more recently, a better-than-expected second-quarter earnings season have brought the S&P 500 close to its February record closing high.
Unofficially, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 359.4 points, or 1.31 per cent, to 27,792.88, the S&P 500 gained 9.33 points, or 0.28 per cent, to 3,360.61 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 42.63 points, or 0.39 per cent, to 10,968.36.
Providing some support, US President Donald Trump signed executive orders that partly restored enhanced unemployment benefits after talks between the White House and top Democrats in Congress about fresh stimulus broke down last week.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in an interview to CNBC on Monday, said the Trump administration and Congress could reach an agreement as soon as this week if Democrats are “reasonable”.
Energy and industrials, among the worst performers this year, gained, while technology and communication services fell.
Among individual movers, Eastman Kodak Co sank after its $US765-million ($A1.1 billion) loan agreement with the US government to produce pharmaceutical ingredients was put on hold due to “recent allegations of wrongdoing”.