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US stocks jump on infrastructure stimulus, Alphabet sends Trade Desk stock surging

US markets all jumped in unison behind the Dow Jones, which added 1%, the Nasdaq 0.7% and the S&P 500, up 0.6% with the latter two being more record closes.

Overnight it was all about infrastructure stimulus, with President Biden announcing a pared-back spending package totalling around US$600 billion which would be directed to the country’s ailing physical infrastructure, public transport and water pipes.

There were also positive signs for Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) with charging stations an important plank of the package, sending shares 3.5% higher.

Despite the seemingly expensive valuations of companies in the sector, including Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), industrial companies rallied most strongly.

On the other hand, employment data was weaker than expected with unemployment benefits printing at 411,000, a slight improvement from 412,000 the week prior and worse than 380,000 estimated.

Finally, Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) confirmed it would be holding off on the banning of third party cookies from its browser for several years. Alphabet shares finished 0.3% higher, while programmatic advertiser Trade Desk (NASDAQ: TTD) surged 16% on the news.

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US stock market movers

Here’s how other popular US stocks performed overnight.

  • Farfetch (NYSE: FTCH) up 6.0%
  • Pinduoduo (NASDAQ: PPD) up 5.0%
  • Spotify (NASDAQ: SPOT) up 2.9%
  • Shopify (NASDAQ: SHOP) down 1.4%
  • Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) down 1.6%
  • Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) down 6.1%

Back home on the ASX, the S&P/ASX 200 (ASX: XJO) is expected to follow US markets higher at the open on Friday. For all the latest, check out Rask Media’s ASX 200 morning report.

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Disclosure: At the time of publishing, Drew owns shares in Trade Desk.

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