© Reuters. U.S. stocks close: The three major indexes collectively closed up, Chinese stocks continued to rebound, and the Nasdaq rose for six consecutive weeks
News from the Financial Associated Press on June 3 (edited by Niu Zhanlin)On Friday, Eastern Time, the three major U.S. stock indexes collectively closed up, and large technology stocks continued to rise. The Nasdaq rose for six consecutive weeks, pushing U.S. stocks to the brink of a bull market.
The U.S. non-farm payrolls data in May exceeded expectations, breaking expectations of a recession. The U.S. Department of Labor reported that U.S. nonfarm payrolls increased by 339,000 in May, the 29th consecutive month of growth, far exceeding expectations of 190,000.
The report also showed a higher-than-expected unemployment rate and slower wage growth, suggesting the Fed will keep interest rates on hold at its next meeting. Federal Reserve officials have also frequently hinted in recent days that it is unlikely to raise interest rates this month.
Kim Forrest, chief investment officer at Bokeh Capital Partners, said: “While the number of jobs has far exceeded expectations, wage growth has not been as fast. The US economy may achieve the ‘legendary’ soft landing, at least for now it seems so.”
Elsewhere, investors welcomed progress on a deal on the U.S. debt ceiling. The debt ceiling bill has quickly passed the US Congress, and the risk of default can be said to have been eliminated.
White House Press Secretary Jean-Pierre said that U.S. President Joe Biden will sign a bill raising the U.S. debt ceiling as early as Saturday, and he is confident that the debt ceiling bill will be signed in time and will be completed by June 5.
As of the close, the Dow rose 701.19 points, or 2.12%, to 33762.76; the Nasdaq rose 139.78 points, or 1.07%, to 13240.77; the S&P 500 rose 61.35 points, or 1.45%, to 4282.37.
The 11 sectors of the S&P 500 Index closed up across the board. The S&P raw materials sector closed up 3.37%, the industrial and energy sector rose 2.96%, the optional consumer, financial, and real estate sectors rose by up to 2.2%, and the information technology/technology sector rose 0.5%. The telecom services sector was the worst performer, up 0.1 percent.
U.S. stock industry ETFs closed up across the board, regional bank ETFs rose 6.04%, banking ETFs rose 5.15%, energy industry ETFs rose 3.04%, global aviation industry ETFs rose 2.62%, optional consumption ETFs rose 2.35%, financial industry ETFs rose 2.15% %, biotechnology index ETFs, consumer staples ETFs, medical ETFs and utilities ETFs each rose more than 1%.
Performance of popular stocks
Most of the large technology stocks rose, Tesla rose 3.1%, Amazon rose more than 1%, Apple, Google, Microsoft rose slightly; Meta, Netflix fell slightly.
Energy stocks rose across the board, Schlumberger rose about 4%, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and Occidental Petroleum rose more than 2%.
Most AI concept stocks continued to fall. C3.ai closed down 7.1%, Bullfrog AI closed down 11.6%, and BigBear.ai closed down 3.4%.
Popular Chinese concept stocks generally rose. The Nasdaq China Golden Dragon Index rose 2.86%, and it rose 3.42% this week. iQiyi rose more than 6%, Vipshop and Xiaopeng Motors rose more than 5%, Tencent Music, JD.com, Weibo, Baidu, Futu Holdings rose more than 2%, Alibaba and Manbang rose more than 1%, Ideal Auto , Netease, Pinduoduo, and Weilai rose slightly. Bilibili fell more than 3%.
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