Stocks finished higher on Friday, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closing out the session at record levels.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq each rose about 0.5 %, even though the Dow concluded simply a tick above the flatline. U.S. stocks shook off earlier declines after monitoring a drop in overseas equities, after new data showed that UK gross domestic product (GDP) slumped by a record 9.9 % in 2020 as a virus-induced recession swept the nation.

Shares of Dow component Disney (DIS) reversed earlier profits to fall greater than 1 % and guide back out of a record extremely high, after the company posted a surprise quarterly benefit and produced Disney+ streaming subscribers more than expected. Newly public company Bumble (BMBL), which started trading on the Nasdaq on Thursday, rose another 7 % after jumping sixty three % in the public debut of its.

Over the older couple weeks, investors have absorbed a bevy of stronger than expected earnings benefits, with corporate profits rebounding much faster than expected despite the ongoing pandemic. With at least eighty % of businesses right now having reported fourth quarter results, S&P 500 earnings per share (EPS) have topped estimates by 17 % in aggregate, and bounced back above pre COVID amounts, according to an analysis by Credit Suisse analyst Jonathan Golub.

“Prompt and good government activity mitigated the [virus-related] damage, leading to outsized economic and earnings surprises,” Golub said. “The earnings recovery has been substantially more powerful than we may have thought possible when the pandemic for starters took hold.”

Stocks have continued to set up new record highs against this backdrop, and as monetary and fiscal policy assistance remain robust. But as investors come to be comfortable with firming business functionality, businesses may have to top even greater expectations in order to be rewarded. This could in turn put some pressure on the broader market in the near term, as well as warrant much more astute assessments of individual stocks, based on some strategists.

“It is no secret that S&P 500 performance has been pretty formidable over the past few calendar years, driven mainly via valuation expansion. But, with the index P/E [price-to-earnings ratio] recently eclipsing its previous dot com extremely high, we think that valuation multiples will begin to compress in the coming months,” BMO Capital Markets strategist Brian Belski wrote in a note Thursday. “According to our job, strong EPS growth will be important for the next leg greater. Thankfully, that is exactly what current expectations are forecasting. Nevertheless, we also found that these sorts of’ EPS-driven’ periods tend to be challenging from an investment strategy standpoint.”

“We assume that the’ easy cash days’ are actually more than for the time being and investors will have to tighten up the aim of theirs by evaluating the merits of specific stocks, instead of chasing the momentum-laden methods which have recently dominated the expense landscape,” he added.

4:00 p.m. ET: Stocks end higher, S&P 500 and Nasdaq reach history closing highs
Here is where the major stock indexes finished the session:

S&P 500 (GSPC): +18.55 points (+0.47 %) to 3,934.93

Dow (DJI): +27.44 points (+0.09 %) to 31,458.14

Nasdaq (IXIC): +69.70 points (+0.5 %) to 14,095.47

2:58 p.m. ET:’ Climate change’ is the most cited Biden policy on company earnings calls: FactSet
Fourth-quarter earnings season represents the pioneer with President Joe Biden in the White House, bringing an innovative political backdrop for corporations to contemplate.

Biden’s policies around climate change as well as environmental protections have been the most cited political issues brought up on company earnings calls so far, based on an analysis from FactSet’s John Butters.

“In terms of government policies talked about in conjunction with the Biden administration, climate change and energy policy (twenty eight), tax policy (20 ) and COVID-19 policy (nineteen) have been cited or discussed by the highest number of companies with this point in time in 2021,” Butters wrote. “Of these twenty eight companies, seventeen expressed support (or perhaps a willingness to the office with) the Biden administration on policies to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. These 17 companies both discussed initiatives to reduce their very own carbon as well as greenhouse gas emissions or maybe services or items they supply to support customers and customers reduce the carbon of theirs and greenhouse gas emissions.”

“However, four companies also expressed some concerns about the executive order starting a moratorium on new engine oil and gas leases on federal lands (and offshore),” he added.

The list of twenty eight firms discussing climate change and energy policy encompassed companies from an extensive array of industries, including JPMorgan Chase, United Airlines Holdings and 3M, alongside conventional oil majors like Chevron.

11:36 a.m. ET: Stocks combined, S&P 500 and Nasdaq turn positive
Here’s where markets had been trading Friday intraday:

S&P 500 (GSPC): +7.87 points (+0.2 %) to 3,924.25

Dow (DJI): 8.77 points (0.03 %) to 31,421.93

Nasdaq (IXIC): +28.15 points (+0.21 %) to 14,053.77

Crude (CL=F): +$0.65 (+1.12 %) to $58.89 a barrel

Gold (GC=F): +$0.20 (+0.01 %) to $1,827.00 per ounce

10-year Treasury (TNX): +2.7 bps to deliver 1.185%

10:15 a.m. ET: Consumer sentiment unexpectedly plunges to a six month low in February: U. Michigan
U.S. consumer sentiment slid to probably the lowest level after August in February, based on the University of Michigan’s preliminary once a month survey, as Americans’ assessments of the path forward for the virus stricken economy unexpectedly grew more grim.

The headline consumer sentiment index dipped to 76.2 from 79.0 in January, sharply lacking expectations for an increase to 80.9, as reported by Bloomberg consensus data.

The complete loss in February was “concentrated in the Expectation Index and involving households with incomes below $75,000. Households with incomes of the bottom third reported major setbacks in the current finances of theirs, with fewer of these households mentioning recent income gains than anytime after 2014,” Richard Curtin chief economist for the university’s Surveys of Consumers, said in a statement.

“Presumably a new round of stimulus payments will reduce financial hardships among those with probably the lowest incomes. A lot more surprising was the finding that consumers, despite the expected passage of a massive stimulus bill, viewed prospects for the national economy less favorably in early February compared to more month,” he added.

9:30 a.m. ET: Stocks open lower, but speed toward posting weekly gains
Here is in which markets had been trading just after the opening bell:

S&P 500 (GSPC): 8.31 points (-0.21 %) to 3,908.07

Dow (DJI): 19.64 (0.06 %) to 31,411.06

Nasdaq (IXIC): 53.51 (+0.41 %) to 13,970.45

Crude (CL=F): -1dolar1 0.23 (-0.39 %) to $58.01 a barrel

Gold (GC=F): -1dolar1 10.70 (0.59 %) to $1,816.10 per ounce

10-year Treasury (TNX): +3.2 bps to deliver 1.19%

9:05 a.m. ET: Equity funds see highest weekly inflows ever as investors pile into tech stocks: Bank of America
Stock funds simply saw the largest-ever week of theirs of inflows for the period ended February ten, with inflows totaling a record $58.1 billion, based on Bank of America. Investors pulled a total of $800 million out of gold and $10.6 billion out of money during the week, the firm added.

Tech stocks in turn saw their very own record week of inflows at $5.4 billion. U.S. large cap stocks saw the second-largest week of theirs of inflows ever at $25.1 billion, and U.S. smaller cap inflows saw the third largest week of theirs at $5.6 billion.

Bank of America warned that frothiness is actually rising in markets, nonetheless, as investors keep piling into stocks amid low interest rates, along with hopes of a good recovery for the economy and corporate earnings. The firm’s proprietary “Bull as well as Bear Indicator” tracking market sentiment rose to 7.7 from 7.5, nearing an 8.0 “sell” signal.

7:14 a.m. ET Friday: Stock futures point to a lower open
Here had been the principle movements in markets, as of 7:16 a.m. ET Friday:

S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,904.00, printed 8.00 points or perhaps 0.2%

Dow futures (YM=F): 31,305.00, down fifty four points or 0.17%

Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 13,711.25, printed 17.75 points or perhaps 0.13%

Crude (CL=F): -1dolar1 0.43 (0.74 %) to $57.81 a barrel

Gold (GC=F): -1dolar1 9.50 (-0.52 %) to $1,817.30 per ounce

10-year Treasury (TNX): +0.5 bps to deliver 1.163%

6:03 p.m. ET Thursday: Stock futures tick higher
Here is where markets were trading Thursday as over night trading kicked off:

S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,904.50, printed 7.5 points or 0.19%

Dow futures (YM=F): 31,327.00, down thirty two points or 0.1%

Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 13,703.5, down 25.5 points or 0.19%