Dow Jones futures rose slightly Monday morning, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. The stock market rally revived last week, with the S&P 500 nearly at a new high while a diverse list of leaders flashed buy signals, including AMD stock and Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL).
While it might not be everything investors wanted from Santa heading into Christmas holiday, it’s a lot better than the lump of coal they were expecting after Monday, Dec. 19. The traditional Santa Claus rally period starts on Monday.
Tesla (TSLA) was a big winner last week, rebounding powerfully from the top of a prior base to clear its 50-day line. But Tesla stock isn’t in buy range yet. Meanwhile Tradeweb Markets (TW), ArcBest (ARCB), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), West Pharmaceutical Services (WST) and Google stock all are actionable now.
Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have hit 53.22 million, with deaths above 837,000.
On Dec. 23, new Covid cases hit a record high worldwide and an 11-month high in the U.S., as the super-infectious omicron variant turbocharges an already-rising case count in much of the world. However, omicron cases appear to be much milder on average than with prior Covid variants. Deaths are not picking up so far. Hospitalizations are increasing, driven by the unvaccinated, pushing some hospitals to capacity in various parts of the country.
Stock Market Rally
The stock market rally started off the past week poorly but then came on strong, with three solid gains and closing near session highs. Technically, it’s a little early for a Santa Claus rally, but investors didn’t mind opening up gifts a bit early.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.65% in last week’s stock market trading. The S&P 500 index climbed 2.3%. The Nasdaq composite and small-cap Russell 2000, which looked the worst on Monday, both rallied for 3.2% weekly gains.
The 10-year Treasury yield jumped 9 basis points last
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