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S&P 500 Rallies as Tech, Retailers Flex Muscles

Stock Markets May 26, 2022 20:12
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By Yasin Ebrahim -- The S&P 500 climbed Thursday, as stronger-than-expected quarterly results from retailers and a rally in tech put stocks on course to snap a seven-week losing streak.

The S&P 500 rose 1.9%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.9%, or 593 points, and the Nasdaq was up 3%.

Retailers – victim to a wave of selling pressure recently – were back in vogue as strong results from Macy’s and Dollar Tree eased worries about the strength of the consumer.

Macy’s (NYSE:M) raised its outlook on profit after reporting a better-than-expected first-quarter, supported by price hikes amid strong demand. Its shares rose more than 17%.

Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR) surged more than 20% after reporting quarterly results that beat on both the top and bottom lines the as the discount retailer’s recent move to raise prices to $1.25 boosted margin and growth.

Reopening stocks including Norwegian Cruise Line (NYSE:NCLH) and Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR) also played a role in pushing the broader market higher as investors bet on a strong travel demand for the summer months ahead.

Tech, meanwhile, racked up gains, with big tech in ascendency as expectations for a Fed pause on rate hikes later this year was boosted by data showing an unexpected decline in first-quarter economic growth.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) led the gains up more than 3% followed by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Chip stocks were also supporting the bid in tech, driven by a rally in Nvidia and Broadcom.

NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) reported better-than-expected first quarter results but guidance fell short of analysts’ estimates.

Some analysts, however, aren’t convinced that it’s time to dip into the chipmaker amid concerns about valuation.

“NVDA is arguably attractively valued at current levels. But, until there is more evidence that indeed this quarter marks a trough for gaming revenues, we believe investors will continue to struggle with NVDA's valuation,” Wedbush said.

Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) was up more than 4% after announcing that it would acquire VMware (NYSE:VMW) in a $61 billion deal. 

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), meanwhile, gained more than 5% on fresh hopes that Tesla chief executive Elon Musk will proceed with his deal to take the social media company private after the Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO increased his commitment in the deal to $33.35 billion.

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