Strong Stocks: Dow Reclaims 21,000, Nasdaq Soars Above 6,000 for First Time Ever

U.S. equities rose sharply on Tuesday as solid quarterly reports from several large-cap companies rolled through.

The Nasdaq composite jumped about 0.7 percent, sending the index above 6,000 for this first time ever. The Dow Jones industrial average rose about 250 points, with Caterpillar contributing the most gains.

The S&P 500 advanced 0.6 percent, with financials and materials rising more than 1 percent to lead advancers.

“I think we’ve come to believe that Q1 is soft because of some reason that economists or market analysts haven’t been able to pinpoint,” said Kim Forrest, senior equity analyst at Fort Pitt Capital. “That doesn’t seem to be happening now.”

Here are some of the firms that posted quarterly results before the bell:

“Earnings thus far have been good,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at First Standard Financial. “That’s a good sign that Corporate America is on a renewed path toward growth.”

More than 190 S&P components are expected to have reported by the end of the week. Other big names scheduled to release quarterly results this week include Boeing, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft and General Motors.

The major U.S. stock indexes soared on Monday after the first round of the French presidential election went as most investors expected. Centrist Emmanuel Macron advanced to the runoff against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. The runoff is scheduled for May 7.

“I have to say I was surprised because what happened with Marine Le Pen is what we were expecting. So why get got a bump off that is interesting,” said Maris Ogg, president at Tower Bridge Advisors. “But I think that removed a big cloud [over the market] and people are starting to focus on the fundamentals again.”

The Dow soared more than 200 points, while the S&P and Nasdaq climbed about 1 percent.

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SOURCE: Fred Imbert