Inventory futures are flat as Wall Avenue closes a historic November
Stock futures were flat overnight on Sunday as the market is expected to close on historically strong gains in November.
The futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 40 points. S&P 500 futures were little changed and Nasdaq 100 futures gained 0.3%.
The blue chip Dow is up 12.9% so far this month, at the pace of its best monthly performance since January 1987, as promising vaccine developments added confidence in a smooth economic reopening. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were up 11.3% and 11.9% respectively in November, both on track to see their largest monthly gains since April.
Cyclical sectors, these most economically sensitive groups, led the November market rally amid a string of positive vaccine news. Energy, the biggest loser of 2020, is up 33.8% this month, while Financials, Industrials and Commodities are up at least 13% over the period.
Small caps got a rift this month as investors piled into seedy names of value. The Russell 2000 gained 20.6% so far in November, heading for its best month ever.
“This rally was noteworthy as the rotation from growth to value continued to gain momentum, although negative news flow of Covid cases increased across the country and lockdowns were re-imposed in different parts of the country,” said Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer at Independent Advisor Alliance.
The market has had a record-breaking holiday week with the 30-share Dow surpassing the 30,000 milestone for the first time. The benchmark has since fallen below the threshold. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both closed at new record highs on Friday.
Still, investors continue to monitor the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 266,000 people in the United States. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said on Sunday that the U.S. is entering a difficult phase of the pandemic where restrictions and restrictions on travel advisories are required.
California’s Los Angeles county issued a new stay at home order Friday as cases increased in the country’s most populous county. Meanwhile, New York City public schools will reopen on December 7th.
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