Jeenah Moon | Reuters
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 53 points, implying a Tuesday opening decline of about 61 points. Futures on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq also pointed to slight Tuesday opening losses for the two indexes.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite rose for a sixth day in the previous session, posting its longest winning streak this year. With Monday’s gain, the gauge is firmly in the green on the year, up 2.4% and sitting just 6.5% from its record high reached on Feb. 19.
Investors continued to pile into tech firms whose businesses proved to have the most resilient in the age of coronavirus crisis. Shares of Amazon and Netflix both soared more than 30% this year, while Microsoft gained 18%. Chip maker Nvidia also hit an all-time high on Monday, bringing its 2020 gains to 37%.
“Growth has been bulletproof in 2020,” Stephen Suttmeier, Bank of America’s technical research strategist, said in a note on Monday. “No change in leadership as the 2020 parabolic rise for Growth vs Value achieves the Y2K Tech Bubble peaks.”
Meanwhile, traders continued to weigh attempts to reopen economies against fears of an increase in coronavirus cases that could lead to future lockdowns.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday the state’s restrictions on certain low-risk businesses and activities will lift on Friday. The World Health Organization said several countries that eased coronavirus restrictions, including China, have seen increases in the number of positive Covid-19 cases.
“Markets have been torn between optimism on the tentative re-opening of some economies and caution on the still grim economic data,” Mike Pyle, global chief investment strategist at BlackRock Investment Institute, said in a note. “Markets will watch out for any cracks in the financial system and elsewhere in the economy as virus infections climb.”