Stock market today: S&P 500 crosses 5,500 level as Nvidia surge continues

Stock market today: S&P 500 crosses 5,500 level as Nvidia surge continues

US stock indexes opened higher on Thursday with the S&P 500 (^GSPC) crossing the 5,500 level for the first time ever as Nvidia (NVDA) continued a record-breaking surge that has catapulted it to the title of world’s most valuable public company.

The S&P 500 gained 0.5% after the index secured its 31st record close of the year on Tuesday. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) rose about 0.3% to touch new intraday highs while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) rose 0.2%.

After a holiday break on Wednesday, Wall Street looked set to continue its winning ways in 2024. Stocks’ growth story this year has been largely driven by the excitement around AI’s potential, and no company has captured the collective attention like Nvidia. Its stock was up more than 3% in early trading. Shares are up more than 170% so far this year.

On Tuesday, Nvidia completed a remarkably quick surge to usurp Microsoft (MSFT) as the most valuable company in the world — just two weeks after it dethroned Apple (AAPL) as the No. 2 most valuable company. Its rise to the top has come so fast, Yahoo Finance’s Jared Blikre writes, that some more passive investors haven’t been able to keep up.

Elsewhere on Thursday, global central banks were in focus as the Swiss National Bank cut rates for the second time this year. The Bank of England kept its benchmark rate at a 16-year high, but signals pointed to a rate cut in the summer.

In the US, meanwhile, most traders continue to bet on a Fed cut by September, according to the CME FedWatch tool. The biggest piece of economic data came in the form of weekly jobless claims, which showed a dip of 5,000 to 238,000 last week vs. a consensus expectation of 235,000.

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  • S&P 500 crosses 5,500 for first time ever, Nasdaq also climbs to new highs

    The S&P 500 (^GSPC) crossed the 5,500 level for the first time on Thursday as Nvidia (NVDA) stock continued its steady climb.

    The broader index rose 0.5% after notching its 31st record close of the year on Tuesday.

    Tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) inched 0.3% higher to also touch record highs during Thursday’s session.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) rose 0.3%.

  • Housing starts hit four-year low as construction ‘continues to falter’

    New government data released Thursday showed construction activity for residential housing tumbled to the lowest level in four years.

    Housing starts declined 5.5% in May from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted rate 1.277 million. Economists polled by Bloomberg were expecting starts to come in at 1.370 million.

    “The drop in housing starts in May is consistent with the recent slowdown in permit issuance, pointing to construction continuing to falter this year,” Thomas Ryan, North America economist at Capital Economics wrote after the release.

    “This challenges our forecast that construction, particularly in the single-family sector, would flourish this year given the lack of alternatives for buyers in the resale market.”

    Separate data released Wednesday showed that homebuilders are losing confidence about the housing market. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) fell to a five month low of 43 in June. Builders noted that 7% mortgage rates were the culprit, pushing many would-be buyers to the sidelines.

  • Stock market today: S&P 500 crosses 5,500 level as Nvidia surge continues

    S&P 500 hits new high as Nvidia continues to climb

    The Nasdaq and S&P 500 opened higher on Thursday as shares of Nvidia (NVDA) continued to climb.

    The S&P 500 (^GSPC) gained roughly 0.4% to hit a fresh record high, after notching its 31st record close of the year on Tuesday. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) climbed 0.3%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) fell just below the flatline.

    Nvidia became the world’s most valuable public company on Tuesday. Its ascension following the Juneteenth Holiday continued on Thursday morning as shares rose more than 2%.

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