Dow and S&P 500 Rise Ahead of Georgia Elections

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Stocks wobbled Tuesday as investors traded cautiously ahead of two key Senate runoff elections in Georgia.

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The elections in Georgia will determine whether the Democrats take control of Congress and allow them to push the legislative agenda of President-elect Joe Biden.

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A swing to the Democrats could lead to greater fiscal stimulus and higher taxes. Two Republican wins would balance the Senate and give the GOP enough votes to block Biden from pursuing his more ambitious policies on trade, energy and security, according to analysts.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 15 points, or 0.05%, to 30,208 and the S&P 500 rose 0.04%. The blue-chip Dow had traded higher earlier in the session.

The Nasdaq was up 0.49%, getting a lift from shares of Apple following a price target increase from Credit Suisse.

Also lifting stocks was a report that showed U.S. manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in more than two years.

Stocks declined sharply Monday as Wall Street’s optimism over the rollout of coronavirus vaccines was dashed by a climb in infections and fears of tougher restrictions and lockdowns. The S&P 500 slumped 1.48% on Monday, the index’s

“The first day doesn’t necessarily set the tone for the rest of the year, though,” said Lindsey Bell, chief investment strategist for Ally Invest. “The S&P 500’s best year in recent history – 1995 – started with a small decline on the first day. It’s a 50/50 chance that the market will be up or down following a first day decline.

“Judging this market by (Monday’s) drop could be shortsighted, too. There are reasons to be optimistic about 2021. Covid vaccines are being distributed, earnings outlooks are improving, and the U.S. economy could be heading for a mid-year boom. Fiscal and monetary support also remain supportive,” Bell added.

China’s three largest telecommunications companies, meanwhile, surged Tuesday after the New York Stock Exchange reversed its decision to delist the shares.

China Mobile , China Telecom and China Unicom each jumped after the Big Board in a statement late Monday said “it no longer intends to move forward with the delisting action.” The NYSE cited “consultation with relevant regulatory authorities” for its reversal.

NYSE’s reversal was “quite unexpected,” Jackson Wong, director of asset management at Amber Hill Capital in Hong Kong, told Bloomberg. “Some funds that had an obligation to unload these shares will now need to buy them back. Some investors are also starting to pricing in a scenario that the decision to halt delistings could be a start of a de-escalation in tensions between China and the U.S.”

Qualcomm QCOM shares were up 2% Tuesday after the chipmaker announced that longtime CEO Steve Mollenkopf would step down to make way for current president Cristiano Amon.

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