The Dow and the S&P 500 closed at record highs on Monday primarily boosted by gains in Internet and bio-tech stocks. Merger and acquisition activity in the food industry too boosted investor sentiment. The day's economic report was limited to Treasury budget, which reported a surplus of $107.0 billion.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) gained 0.7% to close Monday's trading session at 16,695.47. The Standard & Poor 500 (S&P 500) rose almost 1.0% to finish at 1,896.65. The tech-laden Nasdaq Composite Index went up 1.8% to 4,143.86. The fear-gauge CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) plunged 5.3% to settle at 12.23. Total volume for the day was roughly 5.8 billion shares, lower than this month's average of 6.2 billion. Advancers outpaced declining stocks on the NYSE. For 76% stocks that advanced, 21% declined.
Gains in the Internet and bio-tech stocks helped the benchmarks finish at record highs. The S&P 500 registered the best one-day percentage gain since April 16. The Dow reached an intra-day high and the Nasdaq gained the most in more than three months.
Internet stocks from the Technology sector such as Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB ), Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG ), Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN ), Yelp, Inc. (NYSE: YELP ), LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE: LNKD ), FireEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE ), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO ) and Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR ) gained 4.5%, 2.2%, 1.7%, 4.4%, 2.4%, 7.9%, 2.0% and 5.9%, respectively.
Stocks such as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL ), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ), International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM ) AT&T, Inc. (NYSE: T ) and Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL ) increased 1.2%, 1.1%, 1.3%, 0.4% and 2.2%, respectively. Overall, the Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) rose 1.4%.
Shares of online retailer Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN ), Internet television network provider Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX ), online travel company TripAdvisor Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP ) and The Priceline Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PCLN ) went up 3.6%, 5.1%, 5.8% and 2.4%, respectively.
Also, shares of momentum stocks such as electric car maker Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA ) and Internet radio service provider Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P ) advanced 1.3% and 6.0%, respectively.
Bio-tech stocks too boosted the broader markets on Monday. Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD ), Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: VRTX ) Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN ), Biogen Idec Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB ) and Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG ) increased 0.7%, 4.1%, 0.2%, 4.9% and 2.6%, respectively.
Benchmarks also ended higher due to gains in the Industrial sector. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) rose 1.5%. Key stocks from the sector such as General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ), United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX ), Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP ), The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA ) and 3M Company (NYSE: MMM ) increased 1.6%, 1.4%, 1.2%, 1.1% and 1.1%, respectively.
A new deal between Pinnacle Foods Inc. (NYSE: PF ) and The Hillshire Brands Company (NYSE: HSH ) was welcomed by the investors. Hillshire Brands agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods for about $4.3 billion in cash and stock. Including debt, the deal is valued at $6.6 billion. Pinnacle Foods shareholders will receive $18.00 in cash and 0.50 shares of Hillshire Brands for every Pinnacle share they own, amounting to total consideration of $36.48. Shares of Pinnacle Foods surged 13.2% while shares of the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Sara Lee frozen bakery goods dropped 3.2%.
Coming to economic data, according to the Department of the Treasury, total budget receipts aggregated to $414.0 billion in April, a surplus of $107.0 billion. The surplus was less than the consensus estimate of a surplus of $114.6 billion.
Nine out of 10 sectors of the S&P 500 ended in the green. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) led the advance among the S&P 500 sectors. The sector rose 2.2%. Key housing stocks such as PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM ), Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN ), DR Horton Inc. (NYSE: DHI ) and Beazer Homes USA Inc. (NYSE: BZH ) increased 2.8%, 2.2%, 2.8% and 0.5%, respectively.
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