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March 12, 2021, 4:19 p.m. EST

Dow and S&P 500 ring in another round of records as Wall Street reaps weekly gains

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By Sunny Oh and Mark DeCambre

The Dow and S&P 500 index finished at another record on Friday, with all three major equity benchmarks booking weekly gains, as investors gravitated toward shares of companies set to benefit from a stronger economic recovery this year.

Technology stocks fared less well, however, as long-term government bond yields rose to a one-year high.

What are major benchmarks doing?

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.27% gained 293.05 points, or 0.9%, to finish at 32,778.64, marking another all-time high.

  • The S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -0.71% rose 4 points, or 0.1%, to end at 3,943.34, booking a closing record.

  • The Nasdaq Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -2.29% fell 78.81 points, or 0.6%, to finish at 13,319.86.

For the week, the Dow gained 4.1%, the S&P 500 rose 2.6%, while the Nasdaq Composite advanced 3.1%.

What’s driving the market?

A rebound by technology shares that led stocks on Thursday gave way to some weakness in the Nasdaq Composite on Friday, amid a renewed rise in Treasury yields, with the rate on the 10-year note /zigman2/quotes/211347051/realtime BX:TMUBMUSD10Y +1.52% jumping nearly 10 basis points to finish at around 1.63%.

Need to Know: Here’s how far the Nasdaq could fall if bond yields reach 2%

Yet the rise in bond yields didn’t cap gains for broader equity markets on Friday, instead driving a rotation away from companies that benefited from work-from-home arrangements during the pandemic, such as technology and internet stocks, into stocks that have been hit by the lockdowns during the pandemic.

“Investors have gravitated towards cyclical and value stocks that could do well as the economy recovers, and many of those stocks can be found in the Dow,” wrote Lindsey Bell, chief investment strategist for Ally Invest.

Indeed, investors are busily raising their economic growth forecasts this year in anticipation of fiscal support. Analysts surveyed by MarketWatch now anticipate the U.S. economy to grow by a blistering 6% in 2021.

President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package into law. In a televised speech Thursday night, Biden pledged to make all adults eligible for vaccines by May 1. So far about 29% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of vaccine, according to the CDC .

“I remain confident that the downside risk is mild relative to recent gains,” wrote Colin Moore, global chief investment officer, at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, in a research report. “The reality of global economic recovery in the second half of 2021 will most likely restore balance to the relationship between investor expectations and outcomes,” the CIO wrote.

Analysts said technology shares may also have come under pressure after China’s market regulator on Friday said it had imposed fines on some of the country’s largest tech firms.

Also, Bloomberg reported that the Biden administration had informed some suppliers of China’s Huawei Technologies Co. that it would set tighter conditions on previously approved export licenses, barring items for use in, or with, 5G devices.

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