The S&P 500 jumped to a fresh high after President Biden and a group of senators agreed on a $1 trillion infrastructure plan.
The S&P 500 added 24.65 points, or 0.6%, to 4266.49. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 322.58 points, or 1%, to 34196.82. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite rose 97.98 points, or 0.7%, to 14369.71, also a record.
Stocks have risen this week and market volatility has collapsed, reflecting investors’ easing concerns about higher inflation and tighter monetary policy. Money managers have grown more confident that interest rates won’t rise for a while, sending technology stocks roaring higher in recent days.
“In the context of strong growth, markets can digest slightly less supportive monetary policy,” said Sebastian Mackay, a multiasset fund manager at Invesco. “The outlook for earnings is still pretty strong; I think central banks can afford to think about removing some of what’s been put in place.”
On Thursday, investors received another bit of good news: The infrastructure plan. The news helped drive a broad-based rally that lifted everything from construction stocks to Tesla.
The revival in stocks offering potentially high future growth marks a sharp shift. For many months, investors had piled into corners of the market that would benefit from rising bond yields and an improving economy, like the energy and financials sectors within the S&P 500.
And in one sign of investors’ return to growth stocks, Tesla shares rallied, gaining $23.25, or 3.5%, to $679.82.
The latest data on weekly jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs, showed that 411,000 people applied for unemployment benefits. That was slightly less than the prior week’s 418,000, which stemmed from an unexpected increase.
“The labor market is pivotal; it is clearly one of the targets of the Federal Reserve,” Monica Defend, global head of research at Amundi, said before the data was released. “It’s what is restraining the Fed from acting more boldly.”
Orders for durable goods rose 2.3% in May, albeit at a slower pace than economists expected. Orders slipped in April, partly because the global computer-chip shortage caused backlogs in the auto industry.
Overseas, the pan-continental Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.9%, while the U.K. benchmark FTSE 100 edged up 0.5%.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index edged up 0.2% by the close of trading, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 ended the day flat.
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Appeared in the June 25, 2021, print edition as ‘S&P Sets Record on Spending Pact.’