Saturday, July 9, 2016

Stocks Say Goodbye to Brexit Losses As They Near All Time Highs

It’s like Brexit never even happened.

U.S. stocks rallied Friday after the June jobs report came in much better than expected, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average recovering all the ground it lost during the Brexit selloff.
By mid-afternoon, the Dow Jones index was up 220 points, rising more than 1%, and climbed back above 18,000 for the first time since the U.K. voted to leave the European Union. So far this year, Dow Jones stocks have risen about 4% (and 6% since their post-Brexit lows), though they still remain below their all time highs. At 18,120, the Dow is nearly 200 points below its record closing price of 18,312 on May 19, 2015.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq also rose more than 1% each on Friday. S&P 500 stocks have gained 4% year to date, while the Nasdaq is still down more than 1% in 2016.
Investors cheered the jobs report showing that the U.S. added 287,000 jobs in June, exceeding economists’ expectations by more than 100,000 jobs.
Almost all Dow Jones stocks rose on Friday, with equipment manufacturer Caterpillar  CAT 3.09%  in the lead, up almost 3%. Shares of American Express  AXP 2.81%  and Goldman Sachs  GS 2.30%  gained nearly as much, bouncing back after a particularly harsh beating following Brexit.
Meanwhile, gun stocks such as Smith & Wesson  SWHC 2.72%  also approached new highs after the shooting of Dallas police officers sparked a renewed gun control debate.
On the flip side, the only stocks to fall during the day were those that had been among the few winners after the British vote. Walmart  WMT 0.42% , which was the only stock to rise immediately following Brexit, fell slightly after the jobs report. Johnson & Johnson  JNJ 0.28% , whose dividend and U.S.-focused business had lured investors amid the economic uncertainty over the past weeks, traded down Friday morning, but recovered in the afternoon.

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