The US stock market closed near a record high on Friday after the country’s biggest bank – JP Morgan Chase announced better business results than expected.
According to Reuters news agency, with this rally, the S&P 500 is now less than 1% of the record high set in September last year. After the sell-offs at the end of last year, all three major indexes of US stocks in the first quarter of 2019 had the strongest increase in nearly a decade. However, this April, the market moved to a sideways trend before entering the first quarter business reporting season.
As one of the opening companies for the reporting season, JPMorgan Chase offers revenue and profit margins far beyond analysts’ forecasts. These figures help ease investors ‘previous concerns about the potential decline of listed companies’ profits. At the close, JPMorgan Chase gained 4.7% leading the rise of banking stocks.
Analysts now forecast the Q1 earnings of S&P 500 firms to fall 2.3% over the same period last year and improved compared to last week’s forecast. This will be the first time to reduce quarterly profits of Wall Street listed companies since 2016. However, among the S&P 500 companies that have announced their business results so far, there are 79, 3% gave results beyond the forecast.
Walt Disney shares rose 11.5%, reaching the highest level of all time, becoming the biggest boost for the rise of Dow Jones and S&P 500 after the company offered the price for online video transmission service. soon to be deployed. Netflix, Walt Disney’s rival in online video streaming, slipped 4.5%.
Closing the session on Friday, S&P 500 increased by 0.66%, reaching 2,907.41 points; Dow Jones increased 1.03%, reaching 26,412.3 points; and Nasdaq rose 0.46% to 7,984.16 points. Both Nasdaq and Dow Jones are currently about 1.5% lower than the record close.
For the whole week, the S&P 500 increased by 0.5%, Nasdaq increased by 0.6%, and Dow Jones fell by 0.1%. This is the third consecutive week of the S&P 500 and Nasdaq. Financial stocks were the biggest gainers this session, with an increase of 1.9% thanks to the positive business results report of JPMorgan Chase.