Dow notches record point surge in dramatic rebound

The longest bull market in American history might be headed to its demise

The longest bull market in American history might be headed to its demise

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dived more than 650 points; the S&P 500 entered bear market territory, described by analysts as down 20 percent from its recent highs.

U.S. stocks rebounded on Wednesday, staging one of the biggest rallies of the decade after coming within points of seeing the bull market end, with major indexes surging about 5 per cent and the Dow registering its biggest one-day point increase ever.

Wall Street rebounded last night following the worst Christmas Eve sell-off ever and a dismal stock market performance throughout December.

USA stocks posted their worst Christmas Eve session ever on Monday, as a ideal storm of concerns drove investors to bail out of a market that was already badly bruised. Data released by Mastercard SpendingPulse showed retailers were having their best holiday season in six years. Wall Street traditionally considers a drop of 20 percent or more from recent highs to be a bear market. "Oil prices have just moved quite markedly".

Sales in the 2018 USA holiday shopping season rose 5.1 percent to over $850 billion, the strongest in six years, according to a Mastercard report. From the collapse of Lehman to the financial crisis bottom in March 2009, the S&P 500 rallied more than 4 percent on 13 different occasions.

The president could help restore some stability to the market if he "gives his thumbs a vacation", Stovall said. -China trade talks. Even with the previous session's surge, it's still a frightful month for American stocks, with the S&P 500 down nearly 11 per cent.

With the Australian market closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, today will be the first time local investors can react to the pandemonium.

Retailers also got a holiday boost.

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Everyone on Wall Street knows strong rallies are common in troubled times.

The heavy-weight FAANG group - Facebook Inc (FB.O), Amazon, Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) and Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), rose between 1 percent and 4 percent.

"The real question is do we have follow-through for the rest of this week", said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist for CFRA. On Christmas eve Trump tweeted: "The only problem our economy has is the Fed". Brent crude, used to price worldwide oils, gained 0.6 percent to $51.10 a barrel in London.

The energy sector was the best performing on Thursday as oil-exposed stocks lifted on the back of the price rise. The euro weakened to $1.1351 from $1.1404.

The dollar strengthened to 111.36 yen from 110.41 yen on Monday.

U.S. Treasury yields also reversed direction after rising sharply on Wednesday, dropping three basis points to 2.765 per cent.

That rise was triggered by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, including Russian Federation, agreeing to limit output by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd). Copper gained 1.5 per cent to $2.70 a pound.

Mnuchin held calls on Sunday with the heads of the six largest USA banks in order to reassure nervous investors that the financial markets and economy were functioning properly. Benchmarks in Thailand and Taiwan also declined.

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