U.S. Equities Set New Record Highs After Manufacturing Index Soars To Peak Since 2004
Oct, 02nd 16:59
U.S. stock markets jumped to fresh record highs on Monday as bullish sentiment for risky assets was supported by optimism over U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax reform plan as well as a strong manufacturing index that surged dramatically to its highest level since 2004.
The S&P 500 gained 0.26 percent to hit a record intraday at 2,525.29. Only two out of eleven major sectors of the index were trading in negative territory. Leading the overall performance, the Health Care sector soared by 0.67 percent, followed by Financials sector that gained 0.67 percent.
The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) on Monday reported that its index of U.S. factory activity surged to a reading of 60.8 in September from 58.8 in August. The figure did not only easily beat forecast calling for a decline to a reading of 57.9, but also marked the highest reading since May 2004.
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