Dow Jones, S&P, Nasdaq hit record highs as November trading kicks off
American Airlines has canceled over 1,700 flights since Friday
U.S. stocks rallied Monday with all three of the major averages closing in record territory on the first trading day of November.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 94 points, or 0.26%, while the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq Composite index advanced 0.18% and 0.63%, respectively. The Dow gained 190 points at its best levels of the day, briefly climbing above 36,000 for the first time in its history.
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In stocks, American Airlines Inc. has canceled more than 1,700 flights since Friday due to what the airline says are staffing issues caused by weather disruptions at its Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport hub. Southwest Airlines Inc., which is also based in Dallas, dealt with similar issues.
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Harley-Davidson Inc. shares were sharply higher as the U.S. and European Union agreed to a deal on steel and aluminum tariffs. The motorcycle maker was facing a 56% tariff in Europe.
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Barclays CEO Jes Staley stepped down from his role after U.K. regulators made preliminary conclusions regarding his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. The investigation didn’t find evidence that Staley was aware of Epstein’s crimes. C.S. Venkatakrishnan, head of global markets, will replace Staley as CEO.
Moderna Inc. said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs more time to approve its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 17 years as it looks into the risk of myocarditis, a type of heart inflammation that has been a side effect found mostly in young males.
Video game company Roblox Corp. is back online after suffering an outage that lasted from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon.
In deals, Tesla Inc. has reached an agreement with China-based Ganfeng Lithium in which the latter will supply battery products from late 2022 to 2024.
Coca-Cola Co. will buy the remaining 70% of sports drink maker BodyArmor that it doesn’t already own for $5.6 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. The deal values BodyArmor at about $8 billion.
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In commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil jumped 48 cents to $84.05 a barrel and gold rose $12.10 to $1,795.10 an ounce.
Overseas markets were mixed.
European bourses rallied across the board with Britain’s FTSE 100 edging up 0.71%, Germany’s DAX 30 advancing 0.75% and France’s CAC 40 rising 0.92%.
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In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 surged 2.61% after the ruling party maintained its majority in Sunday’s parliamentary election. Elsewhere in the region, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slid 0.88% and China’s Shanghai Composite lost 0.08%.