Dow skyrockets 750 points amid tech surge as investors digest election uncertainty
stockssurged on Wednesday morning even as the outcome of the US presidential election remained up in the air.
- Technology stocks led the move higher as a Republican-controlled Senate seemed likely, which would dim the likelihood of an antitrust breakup of mega-cap tech companies.
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US stocks climbed on Wednesday even as the outcome of the US presidential election remained up in the air.
Technology stocks consistently outperformed overnight and on Wednesday morning. Investors likely think that a divided government with a Republican-controlled Senate means an antitrust breakup of mega-cap tech companies is less likely.
Here's where US indexes stood at 12:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday:
- S&P 500: 3,481.81, up 3.3%
- Dow Jones industrial average: 28,235.34, up 2.8% (755 points)
- Nasdaq composite: 11,655.02, up 4.4%
Cannabis stocks traded lower on Wednesday despite four US states voting to legalize the drug for recreational sales. Investors view a swift federal legalization of the drug as less likely with a divided government.
The prospect of a Republican-controlled Senate also led to a spike in fossil-fuel stocks and a drop in green-energy stocks on Wednesday morning.
The billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya said the too-close-to-call election results meant Democrats needed to do some soul-searching as it becomes clear that America is as divided as ever.
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"I think in many ways the Democratic Party has shot themselves in the foot," because even if Biden wins, it would not be definitive, Palihapitiya said.
Election results in California led to a surge in shares of Uber and Lyft. Proposition 22 is projected to pass in the state, allowing gig-economy companies to continue classifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees.
Gold traded lower on Wednesday, falling as much as 1.4%, to $1,883.13 per ounce.
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