S&P 500, Nasdaq extend records as traders look ahead to further stimulus

  • The S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite indexes extended records on Wednesday after closing at all-time highs on Tuesday.
  • Traders are still watching for signs that Congress will reach a deal on another coronavirus pandemic stimulus bill soon.
  • The August ADP employment report showed that US companies added 428,000 jobs last month, less than half the median economist estimate for 1 million, suggesting the labour-market recovery has lost momentum.
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The S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite indexes extended records on Wednesday after closing at all-time highs the prior day. The gains came as traders looked ahead to further economic relief.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday encouraged Congress to pass further stimulus, and spoke with Speaker Nancy Pelosi by phone, The Hill reported. But Democrats and Republicans remain locked in a stalemate over the next bill.

Further, the August ADP employment report released on Wednesday showed that US companies added 428,000 jobs last month, less than half the median economist estimate for 1 million, suggesting that the labour market recovery has lost momentum.

Here’s where US indexes stood shortly after the 9:30 a.m. ET market open on Wednesday:


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Investors will get further information about the state of the US economic recovery on Wednesday with the release of the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book.

The Labour department will release weekly jobless claims data Thursday, and the August jobs report is due on Friday. The report is expected to show that the US added back jobs in August, but slower than in previous months.

While the stock market recovery from March lows has been fuelled by technology companies and low interest rates, “there is hope that the data will start to give more cause for optimism as governments and business seek to make a success of the reopening,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda, in a Wednesday note.


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Elsewhere in recovery news, AMC shares jumped after the company said it would open 140 movie theatre locations by Saturday, bringing the total operating to 420. Chipmaker Nvidia gained after saying it will release a new line of graphics cards later this month.

Earnings season continued. Shares of Macy’s gained after the company reported a smaller-than-expected loss in the last quarter.

Oil gained after data showed that a glut in US stockpiles decreased for a sixth-straight week. West Texas Intermediate crude rose as much as 1.1%, to $US43.21 per barrel. Brent crude, the international benchmark, gained 1%, to $US46.05 per barrel, at intraday highs.


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