Stocks ended 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 %, while the Dow concluded just 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 report 9.9 % in 2020 as a virus induced recession swept the nation.

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

Over the past couple weeks, investors have absorbed a bevy of stronger than expected earnings benefits, with company profits rebounding faster than expected despite the ongoing pandemic. With at least 80 % of companies right now having claimed fourth-quarter results, S&P 500 earnings per share (EPS) have topped estimates by seventeen % for aggregate, and bounced back above pre COVID levels, according to an analysis by Credit Suisse analyst Jonathan Golub.

“Prompt and good government activity mitigated the [virus related] injury, leading to outsized economic and earnings surprises,” Golub said. “The earnings recovery has been substantially more robust than we might have imagined when the pandemic for starters took hold.”

Stocks have continued to set up new record highs against this backdrop, and as fiscal and monetary policy support stay robust. But as investors come to be comfortable with firming corporate performance, businesses could possibly need to top even bigger expectations in order to be rewarded. This can in turn put some pressure on the broader market in the near term, and warrant more astute assessments of individual stocks, according to some strategists.

“It is actually no secret that S&P 500 performance has long been really formidable over the past several calendar years, driven primarily through valuation expansion. However, with the index P/E [price-to-earnings ratio] recently eclipsing its previous dot com extremely high, we believe 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. Fortunately, that is precisely what existing expectations are forecasting. Nevertheless, we in addition discovered that these kinds of’ EPS-driven’ periods tend to be more challenging from an investment strategy standpoint.”

“We think that the’ easy money days’ are actually more than for the time being and investors will need to tighten up their aim by evaluating the merits of individual stocks, instead of chasing the momentum-laden methods that have just 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 key stock indexes ended 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’ will be the most cited Biden policy on corporate earnings calls: FactSet
Fourth-quarter earnings season represents the first with President Joe Biden in the White House, bringing a new political backdrop for corporations to contemplate.

Biden’s policies around environmental protections and climate change 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 (twenty ) and COVID-19 policy (19) have been cited or perhaps discussed by the highest number of businesses through this point on time in 2021,” Butters wrote. “Of these 28 companies, seventeen expressed support (or even a willingness to work with) the Biden administration on policies to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. These 17 firms either discussed initiatives to minimize the own carbon of theirs and greenhouse gas emissions or services or products they supply to assist clientele and customers lower their carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.”

“However, 4 businesses also expressed a number of concerns about the executive order starting a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal lands (and also offshore),” he added.

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

11:36 a.m. ET: Stocks combined, S&P 500 and Nasdaq turn positive
Here is in which 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 suddenly plunges to a six-month low in February: U. Michigan
U.S. consumer sentiment slid to probably the lowest level after August in February, in accordance with the Faculty of Michigan’s preliminary monthly survey, as Americans’ assessments of the path ahead for the virus-stricken economy suddenly grew more grim.

The title consumer sentiment index dipped to 76.2 from 79.0 in January, sharply missing expectations for a surge 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 in the bottom third reported significant setbacks in the current finances of theirs, with fewer of the households mentioning latest income gains than whenever since 2014,” Richard Curtin chief economist for the university’s Surveys of Consumers, said in a statement.

“Presumably a brand new round of stimulus payments will reduce fiscal hardships with those with the lowest incomes. A lot more shocking was the finding that consumers, despite the likely passage of a grand stimulus bill, viewed prospects for the national economy less favorably in early February than more month,” he added.

9:30 a.m. ET: Stocks open lower, but pace toward posting weekly gains
Here is in which marketplaces were trading simply 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 yield 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 just simply discovered the largest ever week of theirs of inflows for the period ended February ten, with inflows totaling a record $58.1 billion, as reported by Bank of America. Investors pulled a total of $800 million out of gold and $10.6 billion out of profit during the week, the firm added.

Tech stocks in turn saw the own record week of theirs of inflows during $5.4 billion. U.S. large cap stocks saw their second largest week 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 rising in markets, nonetheless, as investors continue piling into stocks amid low interest rates, and hopes of a solid recovery for the economy and corporate earnings. The firm’s proprietary “Bull and 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
The following were the principle movements in markets, as of 7:16 a.m. ET Friday:

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

Dow futures (YM=F): 31,305.00, down 54 points or perhaps 0.17%

Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 13,711.25, down 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’s in which marketplaces had been trading Thursday as over night trading kicked off:

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

Dow futures (YM=F): 31,327.00, down 32 points or 0.1%

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