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US STOCKS-Dow hits record high as Wall Street rises

US STOCKS-Dow hits record high as Wall Street rises

· 03/15/2021 14:38
US STOCKS-Dow hits record high as Wall Street rises

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Eli Lily drops after 'mixed' data from mid-stage trial

Carriers signal recovery in leisure bookings

Growth stocks outperform value

Indexes: Dow +0.22%, S&P 500 +0.20%, Nasdaq +0.47%

Updates with details on mid-day trading

By Noel Randewich

- Wall Street climbed on Monday, with the Dow hitting an intra-day record high, as investors awaited cues from the Federal Reserve this week amid caution over rising borrowing costs spurred by massive fiscal stimulus.

The S&P 500 was on track to close at its highest level ever, lifted by a 1.85 rise in Apple AAPL.O.

Delta Air Lines DAL.N, Southwest Airlines LUV.N and JetBlue Airways JBLU.N said leisure bookings are rising and offered some of the first concrete signs that the worst may be over for the airline industry. nL1N2LD0WF

The S&P 1500 airlines index .SPCOMAIR jumped over 3% to a one-year high, while other travel-related stocks, including Carnival Corp CCL.N, Wynn Resorts WYNN.O and MGM Resorts MGM.N gained between 2% and 5%.

Most of the 11 major S&P sector indexes rose, led by utilities .SPLRCU and real estate .SPLRCR, both up over 1%.

The major stock indexes on Friday logged their best week in six after approval of a $1.9 trillion aid bill and mass vaccinations accelerated demand for stocks expected to outperform as the economy reopens, such as banks, energy, materials companies.

The Russell growth index .RLG rose 0.4%, slightly outperforming the Russell value index .RLV's 0.1% rise in a modest reversal of investors' recent trend away from technology and other high-growth stocks.

"With the vaccine positive news and the stimulus, we think there will continue to be a fair amount of rotation out of the stay-at-home stocks," said Greg Bassuk, CEO of AXS Investments. "We are bullish on financial services and energy coming out of the pandemic."

At the end of Fed's two-day meeting on Wednesday, policymakers are expected to forecast that the U.S. economy will grow in 2021 at its fastest rate in decades while reiterating their dovish stance for the foreseeable future. nL1N2L82OT

The yield on benchmark 10-year Treasuries US10YT=RR ticked lower to 1.60%, below its 13-month peak of 1.64% on Friday. Wall Street has been roiled in recent weeks by a spike in longer-dated U.S. bond yields due to fears of an increase in inflation.

In afternoon trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was up 0.22% at 32,850.6 points, while the S&P 500 .SPX gained 0.20% to 3,951.4.

The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 0.47% to 13,382.43.

Tesla rose TSLA.O 1.7% after the company added "Technoking of Tesla" to Chief Executive Elon Musk's list of official titles in a formal regulatory filing. nL4N2LD2W1

Eli Lilly and Co shares LLY.N slumped 9% after a mid-stage trial testing its experimental Alzheimer's drug led to "mixed" results, reducing the chances for the drug's accelerated approval, according to analysts. nL1N2LA30T

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.44-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.16-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted 79 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 246 new highs and 10 new lows.

(Reporting by Shashank Nayar and Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

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