Wall Street Continues March Higher on Bets Recession Will Be Short-Lived

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Investing.com – Wall Street climbed on Monday as investor optimism over an economic recovery continued amid signs of ongoing progress to reopen the economy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.92%, or 249 points, the S&P 500 gained 0.53%, while the Nasdaq Composite added 0.47% to hit an intraday record high..

New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic, began to reopen on Monday, boosting hopes of a quicker economic recovery just as data showed the U.S. officially entered a recession in February, marking an end to its longest expansion on record.

Optimism on the economy has continued to galvanize cyclical sectors like energy, industrials and financials. 

Energy led the broader move higher, shrugging off a fall in oil prices after Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait said they would end voluntary output cuts.

The announcement arrived as OPEC and its allies, collectively known as OPEC+, agreed on Saturday to extend production cuts (set in April) through July.

Tech, however, proved an exception to the rally as the pace of the reopening appears to have dented demand for stay-at-home stocks, with Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), and Peloton Interactive (NASDAQ:PTON) under pressure.

Elsewhere, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) jumped 5% on data showing demand for its Model 3 in China returned in May, triggering bullish commentary on Wall Street.

In May, Tesla sold 11,000 Model 3 vehicles according to initial reports, up from just under 4,000 sold in April.

This is a “very strong indicator that demand in this key region is starting to ramp and Tesla appears to be on a run rate to hit 100,000 unit deliveries in the first year for Giga 3,” Wedbush said in a note.  

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