S&P 500, Nasdaq Rise on Nvidia’s Surge
In a notable market development, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed higher on the back of a surge in chipmaker Nvidia’s stock. This upward momentum was largely propelled by a bullish note from Morgan Stanley, leading to Nvidia’s impressive rise of 7.1%. This marked the largest single-day increase for the company since May 25, and had a positive ripple effect on megacap growth stocks and the overall technology sector, which saw gains of 1.85%.
It’s worth highlighting that several other major growth stocks also experienced upward movement during this period. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, recorded a 1.4% increase, while e-commerce giant Amazon.com rose by 1.6%. Micron Technology, a leading semiconductor manufacturer, witnessed an even more significant surge with a 6.1% rise in its stock price.
By the end of the trading day, the S&P 500 closed at 4,489.72 points, reflecting a 0.58% increase. Similarly, the Nasdaq Index registered a gain of 1.05%, reaching a value of 13,788.33 points. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also experienced a modest rise of 0.07%, closing at 35,307.63 points.
Market analyst Jay Hatfield attributed the outperformance of tech stocks to Nvidia’s positive report and its potential impact on the broader tech market. As the chipmaker’s stock surged, it instilled confidence in investors and bolstered sentiment towards the technology sector as a whole.
On the other hand, electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla faced a slight setback with a 1.2% decrease in its stock price. This decline came after the company announced price reductions for certain versions of its Model Y vehicles in China.
Investors are closely monitoring economic data, with a particular focus on the upcoming retail sales figures for July. These numbers have the potential to influence expectations regarding U.S. interest rates. Currently, traders anticipate that the Federal Reserve will maintain interest rates at their current levels next month.
Meanwhile, concerns persist regarding China’s leveraged property sector, exacerbated by the recent delayed bond payment by property developer Country Garden. This has further underscored the need for caution among investors, particularly those with exposure to the Chinese real estate market.
In other news, PayPal Holdings experienced a 2.8% increase in its stock price after the announcement of Alex Chriss, a key executive at Intuit, as the company’s new CEO. This leadership change generated optimism within the market and contributed to PayPal’s positive performance.
However, AMC Entertainment’s common shares took a significant hit, falling by nearly 36%. Similarly, Hawaiian Electric Industries shares plunged by almost 34%, reflecting the challenges faced by these particular companies within their respective industries.
During this trading period, trading volume remained relatively light, and declining stocks slightly outnumbered rising ones within the S&P 500. This suggests a cautious approach among investors and a certain level of indecisiveness in the market.
Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq reported new highs and lows during this time, highlighting the dynamic nature of the market and the constant flux experienced by individual stocks and indices.