After battling a very brief stint with volatility early yesterday, the S&P 500 index and Nasdaq-100 extended their ranges higher into the close. The S&P 500 finished one quarter of a point below its all-time closing high from February 19.
Home Depot’s 2nd quarter report early this morning reinvigorated a quiet overnight tape. The “do it yourself” narrative during the Covid-19 pandemic was a key driver for the company whose sales and profit surged by 23% and 25% from a year ago.
In recent weeks, there have been mixed messages from China’s central bank; reports have signaled the potential of both more direct measures and a tighter approach as the economy recovers. With the U.S.-China relationship falling apart at the seams, news of China’s stimulus boosted the Shanghai Composite index by 2.34% overnight.
U.S. benchmarks are paring overnight weakness and heading into the open near unchanged. The S&P 500 index is 1% from its February 20 record and failed to achieve a new swing high yesterday by half a point before softening into the close.
U.S. benchmarks are pointing to modest overnight gains after President Trump announced 4 executive orders over the weekend to extend unemployment benefits and defer payroll taxes. China is making waves at the onset of the week after arresting Jimmy Lai, a wealthy Hong Kong media mogul, on suspicion of collusion with foreign agents.
Nasdaq-100 futures closed at a fresh record high, and tech stocks accounted for the S&P 500’s resilience against one of the most famous technical levels in history; the scene of the crime gap close from February 21.