S&P grabs record even as inflation sizzles

The Consumer Price Index rose at the fastest pace since 1982

U.S. stocks rose on the final trading day of the week despite a persistent jump in inflation. 

The S&P 500 rose over 0.6% nabbing its first record close since November. The Nasdaq Composite gained 0.7% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 216 points or 0.6%. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 34168.09 -129.64 -0.38%
SP500 S&P 500 4349.93 -6.52 -0.15%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 13542.118929 +2.82 +0.02%

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the consumer price index. on a year-over-year basis, jumped 6.8%, the highest in more than 39 years and up from 6.2% in October. On a monthly basis prices rose 0.8% month-over-month in November, below October’s 0.9% increase. 

Oil rose to the $71 per barrel level after gaining 8% for the week. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
USO UNITED STATES OIL FUND L.P. 61.68 +0.71 +1.16%

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The University of Michigan's preliminary index of consumer sentiment for December rose to a reading of 70.4 above estimates and November’s final reading of 67.4.  

Fed officials, due to meet next week, have said plans to wind down bond purchases and other stimulus measures that are boosting stock prices might be accelerated if needed to cool inflation, which hit a 30-year high in October.

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Ticker Security Last Change Change %
ORCL ORACLE CORP. 79.59 -1.48 -1.83%

In stocks, shares of Oracle soared to a record after forecasting current-quarter profit and revenue above market estimates on Thursday. Second-quarter results were helped by higher-tech spending from businesses looking to support hybrid work.

Abbvie shares were in focus after the Food and Drug Administration approved the first eye drops that improve age-related vision. The product is available in stores now. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
ABBV ABBVIE INC. 134.21 +1.11 +0.83%

Vaccine makers remain high interest as the omicron variant continues to be monitored. Moderna's Chairman told FOX Business the drug maker is working on more therapies to combat it. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
MRNA MODERNA INC. 154.96 +2.42 +1.59%
PFE PFIZER INC. 53.01 +0.47 +0.89%
BNTX BIONTECH SE 160.70 +4.21 +2.69%

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CVS built on gains from Thursday as investors digest a 10% dividend hike along with the drug maker's strategy to offer more healthcare services in stores. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
CVS CVS HEALTH CORP. 104.86 +1.76 +1.71%
WBA WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE INC. 49.76 -1.23 -2.41%

Apple shares inched back up to record levels on pace for the 4th day of gains this week. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
AAPL APPLE INC. 159.69 -0.09 -0.06%

And Peloton shares slipped over 5% after Credit Suisse cut the stock to neutral.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
PTON PELOTON INTERACTIVE INC. 24.75 -1.78 -6.71%

And as buzz around Sex and the City's revival which includes a storyline of a key character who passes away with the death being linked to a Peloton bike. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.