Stock Market Today: Nasdaq Notches New High on Late Tech Push

Adobe, Apple and Netflix were among Monday's strong performers that helped lift the Nasdaq past its April highs.

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The technology sector and other tech-related stocks showed signs of life on an otherwise slow Monday, and a small afternoon burst helped the Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500 rewrite the record books.

Foremost on investors' minds is likely the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee meeting, which starts tomorrow and will conclude Wednesday.

"Markets will focus on the Fed's policy meeting this week as investors watch for the central bank's reaction to strong inflation prints in recent months," say BlackRock Investment Institute strategists. "We advocate looking through near-term market volatility and remain pro-risk, predicated on our belief that the Fed faces a very high bar to change its easy monetary policy stance."

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Tech stocks (opens in new tab) were the best of a mixed bunch today. Adobe (ADBE (opens in new tab), +2.9%), which reports earnings later this week (opens in new tab), as well as Apple (AAPL (opens in new tab), +2.5%) and Netflix (NFLX (opens in new tab), +2.3%), lifted the Nasdaq 0.7% to 14,174, helping it eclipse its previous closing high set on April 26. The S&P 500 also finished with a new record, albeit with just a meager 0.2% gain to 4,255.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, finished off 0.3% to 34,393, weighed down by JPMorgan Chase (JPM (opens in new tab), -1.7%) and Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA (opens in new tab), -1.6%).

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Other action in the stock market today:

  • The small-cap Russell 2000 declined 0.5% to 2,324.
  • Lordstown Motors (RIDE (opens in new tab), -18.8%) took it on the chin after the electric truck maker said its CEO and chief financial officer have both resigned. Just last week, RIDE warned that it was running low on cash and could be forced to close down.
  • Meme stocks stayed volatile today, though the price action was mixed. Among the notable gainers were movie theater chain AMC Entertainment Holdings (AMC (opens in new tab), +15.4%) and gaming components maker Corsair Gaming (CRSR (opens in new tab), +11.3%). On the flip side, video game retailer GameStop (GME (opens in new tab), -1.7%) and Medicare Advantage insurer Clover Health Investments (CLOV (opens in new tab), -2.5%) ended in the red.
  • U.S. crude oil futures ended with a marginal loss at $70.88 per barrel.
  • Gold futures slipped 0.7% to settle at $1,865.90 an ounce.
  • The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) gained 4.6% to 16.37.
  • Bitcoin jumped 6.6% from last Friday's prices to $39,724.33. (Bitcoin trades 24 hours a day; prices reported here are as of 4 p.m. each trading day.)

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Get Ready for Some New Stocks

This week will be fun if you enjoy shiny new things.

Investment bankers are busy making final preparations for a wave of initial public offerings (IPOs). Fifteen companies are expected to make their public debuts sometime this week, including Israeli customer engagement platform provider WalkMe and a gaggle of biotechnology stocks (opens in new tab) and other healthcare-related firms.

As we've previously warned, investors should be cautious about new-company valuations (opens in new tab) amid what has become a frothy market for IPOs. But investors looking for "the next big thing" often find it in these fresh-faced stocks, so it pays to pay attention to what's coming down the pike. You can do that with our list of the market's highest-profile upcoming IPOs, frequently (and recently) updated by IPO expert Tom Taulli.

Kyle Woodley
Senior Investing Editor, Kiplinger.com

Kyle is senior investing editor for Kiplinger.com. As a writer and columnist, he also specializes in exchange-traded funds. He joined Kiplinger in September 2017 after spending six years at InvestorPlace.com, where he managed the editorial staff. His work has appeared in several outlets, including U.S. News & World Report and MSN Money, he has appeared as a guest on Fox Business Network and Money Radio, and he has been quoted in MarketWatch, Vice and Univision, among other outlets. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BA in journalism.