Stocks finished 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 %, even though 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 country.

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

Over the older couple weeks, investors have absorbed a bevy of much stronger than expected earnings results, with corporate profits rebounding much faster than expected inspite of the ongoing pandemic. With at least 80 % of businesses now having reported fourth-quarter results, S&P 500 earnings per share (EPS) have topped estimates by 17 % for aggregate, and bounced back above pre COVID amounts, in accordance with an analysis by Credit Suisse analyst Jonathan Golub.

generous government action and “Prompt mitigated the [virus related] damage, leading to outsized economic and earnings surprises,” Golub said. “The earnings recovery has been considerably more powerful than we might have imagined when the pandemic for starters took hold.”

Stocks have continued to set fresh record highs against this backdrop, and as fiscal and monetary policy assistance stay robust. But as investors become comfortable with firming business performance, businesses could possibly need to top even greater 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 no secret that S&P 500 performance has long been quite strong over the past few calendar years, driven largely through valuation expansion. But, with the index P/E [price-to-earnings ratio] recently eclipsing its prior dot com extremely high, we believe that valuation multiples will start to compress in the coming months,” BMO Capital Markets strategist Brian Belski wrote in a note Thursday. “According to the work of ours, strong EPS growth is going to be important for the following leg higher. Fortunately, that’s precisely what present expectations are forecasting. But, we also discovered that these kinds of’ EPS-driven’ periods tend to be tricky from an investment strategy standpoint.”

“We believe that the’ easy money days’ are more than for the time being and investors will need to tighten up the aim of theirs by evaluating the merits of specific stocks, as opposed to chasing the momentum-laden practices which have recently dominated the expense landscape,” he added.

4:00 p.m. ET: Stocks end higher, S&P 500 and Nasdaq reach record closing highs
Here’s exactly where the main stock indexes finished 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’ is the most cited Biden policy on corporate earnings calls: FactSet
Fourth-quarter earnings season marks the very first with President Joe Biden in the White House, bringing an innovative political backdrop for corporations to contemplate.

Biden’s policies around climate change and environmental protections have been the most cited political issues brought up on company earnings calls up to this point, according to an analysis from FactSet’s John Butters.

“In terms of government policies discussed in conjunction with the Biden administration, climate change and energy policy (28), tax policy (twenty COVID-19 and) policy (19) have been cited or maybe talked about by the highest number of companies with this point in time in 2021,” Butters wrote. “Of these 28 firms, seventeen expressed support (or a willingness to work with) the Biden administration on policies to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. These seventeen companies either discussed initiatives to minimize their own carbon as well as greenhouse gas emissions or perhaps items or services they provide to support customers and customers reduce 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 28 firms discussing climate change and energy policy encompassed businesses from an extensive array of industries, including JPMorgan Chase, United Airlines Holdings and 3M, alongside standard oil majors like Chevron.

11:36 a.m. ET: Stocks mixed, S&P 500 and Nasdaq turn positive
Here’s where marketplaces were 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 yield 1.185%

10:15 a.m. ET: Consumer sentiment suddenly plunges to a six month lower in February: U. Michigan
U.S. consumer sentiment slid to the lowest level after August in February, according to the University of Michigan’s preliminary once a month survey, as Americans’ assessments of the path forward for the virus-stricken economy suddenly grew more grim.

The headline consumer sentiment index dipped to 76.2 from 79.0 in January, sharply missing expectations for a rise to 80.9, according to Bloomberg consensus data.

The complete loss of February was “concentrated in the Expectation Index and involving households with incomes below $75,000. Households with incomes in the bottom third reported major setbacks in their current finances, with fewer of the households mentioning recent income gains than whenever since 2014,” Richard Curtin chief economist for the university’s Surveys of Consumers, said in a statement.

“Presumably a new round of stimulus payments will lessen financial 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 last month,” he added.

9:30 a.m. ET: Stocks open lower, but pace toward posting weekly gains
Here’s where markets 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 discovered the largest-ever week of theirs of inflows for the period ended February 10, 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 their very own record week of inflows at $5.4 billion. U.S. large cap stocks saw the second-largest week of theirs of inflows ever at $25.1 billion, and U.S. small cap inflows saw the third largest week of theirs at $5.6 billion.

Bank of America warned that frothiness is actually rising in markets, however, as investors continue piling into stocks amid low interest rates, and hopes of a strong recovery for the economy and corporate earnings. The firm’s proprietary “Bull as well as Bear Indicator” monitoring 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
Below were the primary moves in markets, as of 7:16 a.m. ET Friday:

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

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

Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 13,711.25, printed 17.75 points or even 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 where markets were trading Thursday as over night trading kicked off:

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

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

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