Dow Jones Industrial Average

Investors are selling stocks, but the market keeps rising

The Dow gained nearly 500 points last week to close at 26,424. It's now just "1.5% shy of its all-time high of 26,828.39, set on Oct. 3, 2018," Barron's notes. The S&P 500 is just 1.3% from its record close, and the Nasdaq is just 2.1% away from a record high.

Why it matters: U.S. stocks have shaken off almost all of their December sell-off, yet banks continue to report that investors are selling, not buying, equities.

Wall Street rallies after strong jobs report

Traders look at a computer on the floor of the new york stock exchange
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Stocks jumped on Friday following a stronger-than-expected employment report and dovish sentiment from Fed Chair Jay Powell.

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 749 points, or 3.29%, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq gained 3.43% and 3.38%, respectively.
  • As would be expected, bond yields also rose. The 2-year rose to 2.4% from 2.3% and the 10-year yield climbed to 2.6% from 2.5%, or 10 basis points each.