Tesla ends above $1 tn in value, Dow and S&P 500 at records

October 26, 2021 | 11:20
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Both the Dow and S&P 500 finished at all-time records Monday, extending a bullish run on good earnings while Tesla shot above $1 trillion in market value.
Tesla ends above $1 tn in value, Dow and S&P 500 at records
Tesla ends above $1 tn in value, Dow and S&P 500 at records, (JOHN THYS / AFP)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended up 0.2 percent at 35,741.15, its second straight record, and the broad-based S&P 500 climbed 0.5 percent to 4,566.48, its second record in three sessions.

The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 0.9 percent to 15,226.71, with Tesla becoming the latest tech giant to push above $1 trillion in market capitalization.

The S&P 500 has risen the last three weeks as generally better-than-expected earnings has bolstered confidence in the economic recovery.

While the earnings reports have confirmed worries about higher costs, executives have offered encouraging commentary about strong consumer demand that is enabling many companies to pass on price increases.

Analysts also pointed to weekend statements from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressing confidence that congressional Democrats are near a deal on a large spending package.

Among individual companies, Tesla jumped 12.7 percent following an announcement that car rental company Hertz ordered 100,000 electric autos from Elon Musk's company in the latest embrace of electric car technology by the auto industry.

The Hertz announcement offset a sharply critical letter from the National Transportation Safety Board chair to Musk slamming the company for inaction on recommendations to safeguard the automaker's driver assistance programs.

Kimberly-Clark fell 2.2 percent as it cut its earnings and sales forecasts due to higher cost pressures.

Pinterest plunged 12.7 percent after PayPal said it was not currently pursuing a potential acquisition of the image-sharing site. Shares of Pinterest last week soared on a report of merger talks.


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