GM, retailers give US stocks broad rally

U.S. stocks popped on Monday rebounding from four consecutive days of losses. Investors were encouraged by the positive buzz on retail sales tied to Cyber Monday which may hit a record $8 billion, according to Adobe. Big tech stocks also rebounded helping lift the Nasdaq Composite 2 percent, while the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose about 1.5 percent with Dow turning in a 354 point gain.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 39131.53 +62.42 +0.16%
SP500 S&P 500 5088.8 +1.77 +0.03%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 15996.823085 -44.80 -0.28%

Amazon and Walmart both posted gains, helping consumer discretionary stocks lead the S&P 500’s top sectors rising more than 2 percent.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
AMZN AMAZON.COM INC. 174.99 +0.41 +0.23%
WMT WALMART INC. 175.56 +0.15 +0.09%

General Motors jumped nearly 5 percent after announcing it would shed 15 percent of its North American salaried workforce or nearly 15,000 employees, while also shuttering production on underperforming vehicles in an ongoing push to cut costs. While President Trump said he was “not happy” with the announcement from CEO Mary Barra, investors felt otherwise.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
GM GENERAL MOTORS CO. 39.63 +0.29 +0.74%

Energy stocks also posted gains as global oil prices stabilized. Last Friday, Crude oil prices plummeted approximately 6 percent to their lowest levels this year on continued concerns about a global oversupply. However, the price decline gave a boost to airline stocks on prospects of lower fuel costs. Investors are also optimistic the final trading week of the month will feature positive reports and results on home prices, GDP and minutes from the last Fed meeting.

Mike Obel contributed to this story.