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S&P 500 Claims 5,000 As Tech Soars, Bitcoin Rockets Above $47,000: What’s Driving Markets Friday?

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Wall Street is poised to wrap another week of gains, with the S&P 500 index surpassing the 5,000 mark and the Nasdaq approaching 18,000 points. For the two indices, this marks the fifth consecutive week in the green, the 14th positive week out of the last 15, indicative of the impressive rally fueled by optimism surrounding artificial intelligence.

Shares of NVIDIA Corp. (NASDAQ:NVDA) are already up nearly 50% since the beginning of the year, with the semiconductor giant surpassing the $1.8-trillion market capitalization mark.

Overall, the Magnificent Seven rose to a combined market cap of $13.2 trillion, almost half the size of the rest of the 493 stocks within the S&P 500.

The Russell 2000 index of small caps has again reached the 2,000 mark, outperforming large-cap peers.

Data-wise, no major headline emerged from the Consumer Price Index revision Friday, with the fourth-quarter 2023 numbers remaining broadly unchanged.

Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC) took the spotlight, with the major cryptocurrency rising more than 5% to over $47,000 in its biggest weekly rally in four months. Newly launched Bitcoin spot ETFs have accumulated over 200,000 coins worth $9.56 billion since their debut.

Friday’s Performance In Major Indices, ETFs

Major Indices Price 1-day %
Russell 2000 2,000.69 1.3%
Nasdaq 100 17,943.59 0.9%
S&P 500 5,019.03 0.4%
Dow Jones 38,643.24 -0.2%

The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE:SPY) was 0.4% higher to $500.44, the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE:DIA) eased 0.2% to $386.53 and the tech-heavy Invesco QQQ Trust (NASDAQ:QQQ) rose 0.8% to $436.72, according to Benzinga Pro data.

Sector-wise, the Technology SPDR Select Sector Fund (NYSE:XLK) outperformed, up 1.3%, while the Energy SPDR Select Sector Fund (NYSE:XLY) lagged, down 1.4%.

Industry-wise, the VanEck Semiconductor ETF (NYSE:SMH) surged 1.9%, while the Invesco Solar ETF (NYSE:TAN) rocketed 3.3%.

Friday’s Stock Movers

Enphase Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH) rose over 6%, capitalizing on a bullish momentum following the company’s positive outlook for 2024. Peer First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) also rose by nearly 6%.
New York Community Bancorp (NYSE:NYCB) rallied 11% after company executives and board members bought nearly $1 million of the battered stock.
Expedia Group Inc. (NYSE:EXPE) tumbled nearly 20%, despite beating both…

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