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Dow rallies 600 points on Monday because it tries to snap 8-week losing streak

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Stocks bounced on Monday as investors snapped up beaten-down stocks like banks after eight straight losing weeks for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The blue chip index jumped 636 points, or 2%. The S&P 500 advanced 1.8%, cutting its losses after falling into bear market territory at one point on Friday, down greater than 20% from its record. The Nasdaq Composite rose 1.5%.

Time will tell how long they’ll hold these levels, said Ross Mayfield, investment strategy analyst at Baird.

“This impulse has failed multiple times over the past several weeks,” he told CNBC. “The bar is higher now for sustained positive performance given the entire well-known headwinds” — like slowing growth, elevated valuations, rising rates and recession fears. “Sentiment continues to be a market asset, though some indicators aren’t showing the intense level of capitulation often found at market bottoms.”

JPMorgan rose 7% after the bank said it expects to achieve key return targets earlier than planned because of rising rates giving its lending business a lift. Citi and Bank of America also got a 7% boost, and Wells Fargo added greater than 6%9

Ross Stores and TJX were also in the highest gainers Monday, up 8% and 4%, respectively, coming off a busy few days of earnings for retailers, that are set to proceed this week with Costco, Dollar General, Nordstrom and Macy’s.

Shares of VMWare jumped greater than 20% after Bloomberg News and Reuters reported that chipmaker Broadcom is in talks to accumulate the cloud services company, citing sources. Broadcom shares fell 3%.

Electronic Arts shares rose about 2% following a report that the video game maker is actively in search of a sale or merger.

Sentiment appeared to have gotten a lift after President Joe Biden said he was considering reducing tariffs on some products imported from China. “I’m considering it,” Biden said. “We didn’t impose any of those tariffs. They were imposed by the last administration they usually’re into consideration.”

The moves got here after the S&P 500 on Friday dipped into bear market territory on an intraday basis. While the benchmark was down 20% at one point, it didn’t close in a bear market after a late-day comeback.

Investors have been on the lookout for signs of a bottom because the market 2022 sell-off in stocks approaches its sixth month. Oppenheimer’s chief investment strategist, John Stoltzfus, notes that nasty sell-offs aren’t unusual in times of Federal Reserve tightening, and that the market appears “way over sold” with big declines hitting even stocks with strong money flow and profitability.

“We remain positive on equities favoring cyclicals over defensives and profitable technology corporations whose services and products are deeply embedded within the lives of each business and the patron,” he said in a note Monday. “We search for the economy and the markets… to ‘work their way out of the woods’ from a period of high anxiety and crisis.”

The S&P 500 currently sits about 17% off its record high, while the Dow is down about 14%. The Nasdaq is already deep in bear market territory, down 29% from its high.

Last week marked the Dow’s first eight-week losing streak since 1923, while the S&P 500 capped a seven-week losing streak, its worst since 2001.

The Nasdaq saw its seventh negative week in a row for the primary time since March 2001. The tech-heavy index also saw its lowest intraday level since November 2020 on Friday.

“Investors are attempting to come back to grips with what exactly is going on and at all times attempt to guess what the end result is,” said Susan Schmidt of Aviva Investors. Investors and the market hate uncertainty “and it is a period where they have no clear indication on what is going on to occur with this push-pull between inflation and the economy.”

Along with this week’s retail earnings, investors are looking forward to Zoom Video, which is about to report results Monday after the close. Nvidia results are also on deck this week.

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