Dow jumps over 500 points, GM rallies on strong auto demand

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Stocks continued their upswing for a fourth-straight day as the results of the U.S. presidential election continue to hang in the balance.

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A positive report from General Motors, along with a fresh data point on the jobs market and news from the Federal Reserve also aided sentiment.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped over 550 points or 2%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite added 2.4% as investors sighed a breath of relief that regulation and corporate taxes may not be as bad as feared. The S&P 500 climbed 2.1%, surpassing the 3,500 level.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 28410.18 +562.52 +2.02%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 11902.450053 +311.67 +2.69%
SP500 S&P 500 3518.49 +75.05 +2.18%

NASDAQ, S&P 500 POST-ELECTION GAINS BEST EVER DESPITE CHAOS

GM shares rose 6% on Thursday after the automaker reported a better-than-expected quarter due to rising demand for trucks. CEO Mary Barra, commenting during an interview, that the automaker’s talks with Nikola are ongoing.

Barra also said the company would invest $1 billion to bring truck production to Canada, citing surging demand.

Tesla shares were also rising on Thursday.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
GM GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY 36.88 +1.62 +4.59%
NKLA NIKOLA CORPORATION 20.12 +1.66 +8.99%
TSLA TESLA INC. 434.66 +13.68 +3.25%
Ticker Security Last Change Change %
NTDOY NINTENDO CO LTD 72.75 +4.27 +6.24%

Nintendo shares were up more than 7% after the video game giant raised its forecast on Switch shipments to 24 million units, citing benefits of people staying at home and playing games such as “Animal Crossing.

ECON, FED IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The Federal Open Market Committee kept rates unchanged, noted that it is committed to the current policy until inflation is “moderately” above 2%.

In its statement, the Fed said the path of the economy will continue to depend on the course of COVID-19, adding that the economy and jobs have continued to recover, though they are below the levels at the start of the year.

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Ahead of the decision, initial jobless claims showed a slight rise to 751,000 compared to economists’ expectations of 735,000, for the week ending Oct. 31. Continuing claims came in at 7.285 million, as the country still grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.

As for the election, the odds of a contested result are growing more likely.

The Fox News Decision Desk projects victories for Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan one of Nebraska’s electoral votes, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia. The former vice president has secured 264 electoral votes.

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Meanwhile, President Trump is expected to win Kentucky; West Virginia; Alabama; Mississippi; Tennessee; Missouri; Arkansas; Indiana; Kansas; Louisiana; Oklahoma; Wyoming; North Dakota; South Dakota; South Carolina; Utah; Idaho; Florida; Ohio; Texas; Iowa; Montana; and at least four of Nebraska’s five electoral votes. That represents a total of 214 electoral votes.

Up for grabs are Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina, with those results still too-close-to-call.

TECH EARNINGS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
QCOM QUALCOMM INC. 145.14 +16.17 +12.54%

Qualcomm shares soared after the chipmaker posted better-than-expected results and gave guidance that pleased investors, highlighting the effects of the coming wave of 5G-enabled smartphones.

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Ticker Security Last Change Change %
EXPE EXPEDIA GROUP, INC. 102.68 +4.18 +4.24%

Expedia shares also higher after the travel services provider said its results weren’t as bad as feared, despite the sharp drop in demand for travel due to the pandemic.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
BABA ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD 289.25 -6.87 -2.32%
TMUS T-MOBILE US 117.50 +1.48 +1.28%
SQ SQUARE INC COM 174.71 +3.42 +2.00%
UBER UBER TECHNOLOGIES INC. 41.82 +0.83 +2.02%
BKNG BOOKING HOLDINGS INC. 1,766.72 +53.40 +3.12%
PTON PELOTON INTERACTIVE 125.84 +7.25 +6.11%

Investors will get quarterly looks at Peloton, Alibaba, T-Mobile USA, Square, Uber Technologies, Booking.com, among several others, after the close of trading.

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West Texas Intermediate crude oil dipped slightly, holding above the $39 a barrel level, while gold continued its march upwards, gaining 1.2% to trade at $1,918.50 an ounce.

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