STOCKS HIT RECORD HIGH: Here's what you need to know

Stocks inched higher to a new record as traders digested minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last meeting and prepared for an earnings season that’s set to kick off.

The S&P 500 gained 0.1%. Meanwhile, the Dow increased 0.1% and the more tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 0.2%.

First up, the scoreboard:

  • Dow: 22,866.69, +36.01, (+0.16%)
  • S&P 500: 2,554.70, +4.06, (+0.16%)
  • Nasdaq: 6,604.20, +16.32, (+0.25%)
  • US 10-year yield: 2.35%, 0.00
  • WTI crude oil: $US51.31, +0.39, +0.77%

1. Trump took credit for stock-market records again on Wednesday — so we graded his claims. We found that while he’s been responsible for some periods of strength, there have been other times when the market has risen due to other factors.

2. The stock market is on the verge of making history. Deutsche Bank points out that the S&P 500 is on pace to deliver positive total returns in every month this year, the longest such streak since 1995.

3. The Fed is worried that it won’t achieve inflation target for a while. Officials are concerned that inflation will remain lower for longer, according to minutes of their September policy meeting.

4. Jefferies says Google has ‘the right pieces in place to win the race’ to a $US1 trillion valuation. The firm’s analyst has set his price target at $US1,200 per share, compared to the $US992.31 where it currently stands.

5. Credit Suisse says the headlines around the Amazon-Whole Foods deal have been focusing on the wrong thing. Their analyst argues that the focus has been on price cuts, while the real path to lasting shareholder value is through fulfillment and delivery.


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