As we can see from the news that on Monday U.S. stocks ended at new highs in more than two years, the first trading day of 2011, as investors were feeling more optimistic about the outlook of the U. S. economy.
The dollar rose and U.S. stocks edged higher on Tuesday as optimism about U.S. consumer confidence and the struggling housing market overcame fresh worries about the flagging U.S. economy and financial sector.
It is reported that Wall Street wrapped up the year of 2010 with solid gains. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 11 % for the year. The broader S&P 500 rallied about 13 % and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained nearly 17%.
Optimism on a stronger recovery continued to push the market higher on the first session of the new year.
It can be seen from the statistics, and the data shows that the Dow ended up 93.24 points, or 0.81 %, to 11,670.75, the highest closing since August 2008.The S&P 500 surged 14.23 points, or 1.13 %, to close at a 26-month high of 1,271.87.The Nasdaq rose 38.65 points, or 1.46 %, to 2,691.52, a fresh record for the closing in three years.
It is reported that Monday’s gains were broad-based, with all ten sectors in S&P 500 higher, as the latest economic data provided further evidence that the economy was gaining momentum.
The Institute for Supply Management said on Monday that its index of national factory activity rose to 57.0 last month from 56. 6 in November. It’s the 17th straight gain for the index, showing the manufacturing sector was still the main driver for the recovery.
As we can know from the news that Separately, the Commerce Department reported that construction spending increased 0.4 % in November, the third straight monthly gains. Meanwhile, building activity remains 33.2 % below the all-time high hit in March 2006, when spending was driven by a record boom in housing.
It is reported that bank of America soared 6.37 %, the most in Dow’s 30 components, after the company announced to take a provision of about 3 billion dollars in the fourth quarter to buy back bad loans from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae that were issued by its troubled Countrywide Financial unit.
At last, the new also reported that Alcoa was also among the best performers, with its shares up 2. 66 %, after Deutsche Bank upgraded its stock-investment rating on the aluminum producer to buy from hold, citing the company could benefit from higher prices going forward.So we all believe that U.S. stocks achieve a new high in the beginning of 2011. SABUNG AYAM