US stocks kick off November with fresh all-time highs

The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average hit record highs on solid corporate earnings.

More than 80 percent of companies in the S&P 500 reporting third-quarter results have topped Wall Street estimates - and that has laid the groundwork for a rally in stocks [File: Brendan McDermid/Reuters]

Stocks advanced to another record as solid corporate earnings overshadowed disappointing manufacturing data.

The S&P 500 rebounded from earlier losses, led by gains in energy and consumer-discretionary firms. The Dow Jones Industrial Average touched the 36,000 level for the first time. A gauge of small caps climbed 2.7%. A group of retail-trader favorites like GameStop Corp. and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. had its best day since late August.

More than 80% of companies in the S&P 500 reporting third-quarter results have topped Wall Street estimates. That has laid the groundwork for a rally in stocks since the earnings season began. Meanwhile, data showed persistent supply-chain challenges weighed on manufacturers in October. Fed officials meet this week as investors fret the economy is facing the most-widespread supply crunch since the oil crisis of 1973.

“There’s no shortage of things to worry about,” said Evan Brown, head of asset allocation at UBS Asset Management. “I would just say that stocks climb the wall of worry. We do anticipate more of a rotation as people gain more faith that the economy is on sounder footing. We should see rebalancing from growth stocks into value stocks.”

For Morgan Stanley strategist Michael Wilson, the bullish trend for equities may continue into the Thanksgiving holiday later this month, but “not much longer” as the Fed is expected to start tapering and earnings growth will slow further into next year.

Some other corporate highlights:

  • Electric-vehicle giant Tesla Inc. jumped amid a lithium supply deal and the start of the COP26 climate summit.
  • Zillow Group Inc. is looking to sell about 7,000 homes for $2.8 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • Moderna Inc. slumped after its Covid-19 shot failed to secure U.S. regulatory authorization in teenagers.

Here are some events to watch this week:

  • Reserve Bank of Australia policy decision, Tuesday
  • Fed rate decision, U.S. factory orders and durable goods, Wednesday
  • OPEC+ meeting on output, Thursday
  • Bank of England rate decision, Thursday
  • U.S. trade, initial jobless claims, Thursday
  • U.S. unemployment, nonfarm payrolls, Friday

For more market analysis, read our MLIV blog.

Some of the main moves in markets:


  • The S&P 500 rose 0.2% as of 4 p.m. New York time
  • The Nasdaq 100 rose 0.3%
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.3%
  • The MSCI World index rose 0.5%


  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed
  • The euro rose 0.4% to $1.1606
  • The British pound fell 0.1% to $1.3662
  • The Japanese yen was little changed at 113.99 per dollar


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries was little changed at 1.56%
  • Germany’s 10-year yield was little changed at -0.10%
  • Britain’s 10-year yield advanced three basis points to 1.06%


  • West Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.5% to $83.96 a barrel
  • Gold futures rose 0.6% to $1,794.90 an ounce
Source: Bloomberg