Dow Jones surges on Salesforce earnings and lower inflation

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied Thursday to a new high for the year, as more cooling inflation data and strong Salesforce earnings capped the benchmark’s best month since October 2022.

The 30-stock Dow gained 376 points, or 1.6 per cent to about 35,807, surpassing its previous high for the year in August. The S&P 500 shed less than 0.1 per cent and the Nasdaq Composite was about 0.7 per cent lower as investors took some profits in Big Tech stocks that have led the November comeback.

The Dow is closing out November with more than an 8 per cent gain, ending a three-month losing streak. The S&P 500 is also up more than 8 per cent in November, while the Nasdaq has advanced roughly 10 per cent. Both averages are tracking for their best monthly performance since July 2022. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite were trading about 1 per cent away from their respective 2023 highs.

Leading the Dow higher on Thursday is cloud software company Salesforce, which popped 8.9 per cent on the back of better-than-expected earnings and revenue for the fiscal third quarter. Salesforce’s cloud data business, which saw its revenue increase by 22 per cent from the previous year, and its artificial intelligence product Einstein GPT were behind the positive report.

Data released early Thursday showed that the personal consumption expenditures price index—the Federal Reserve’s favourite inflation gauge—rose 3.5 per cent on a year-over-year basis, a slowing from a 3.7 per cent annual gain in prior month.

These numbers were the latest in a string of positive inflation data seen in November that caused traders to conclude the Federal Reserve is likely done raising rates and could even begin lowering them in 2024.

The 10-year Treasury yield, which had spooked investors by rising above 5 per cent last month, collapsed this month as the cooling inflation data rolled out, helping to boost sentiment for equities. The 10-year yield was recently more than 5 basis points higher at 4.324 per cent.

Technology shares were far and away the big winners in November, but investors were taking some of those bets off the table as the month came to a close. Nvidia shed more than 2.8 per cent Thursday, but is still up 14.7 per cent for the month. Tesla shares were off by 1.2 per cent Thursday following a roughly 20 per cent comeback in November. Alphabet lost more than 2.3 per cent, while Microsoft shed 0.6 per cent.

European stocks

European shares hit a more than two-month high on Thursday, ending November sharply higher as cooling inflation lifted rate cut bets.

Eurozone inflation falls to 2.4pc as interest rates pack a punch Inflation for the 20 countries using the euro as their currency fell from an annual 2.9 per cent in October.

The pan-European STOXX 600 closed 0.5 per cent higher, posting its biggest monthly jump since January, with rate-sensitive real estate and technology stocks jumping 14.7 per cent each for the month.
Italy’s benchmark stock index touched a fresh 15-year high, up 0.2 per cent, jumping 25.5 per cent so far in 2023 and outperforming the STOXX 600’s 8.6 per cent advance this year.


The SPI futures are pointing to a 0.16 per cent fall.


One Australian dollar at 7:25 AM was buying 66.03 US cents.


Gold has lost 0.58 per cent. Silver has gained 0.75 per cent. Copper has gained 0.76 per cent. Oil has lost 2.23 per cent.

Figures around the globe

European markets closed higher. London’s FTSE gained 0.41 per cent, Frankfurt gained 0.30 per cent, and Paris closed 0.59 per cent higher.

Turning to Asian markets, Tokyo’s Nikkei added 0.5 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.29 per cent while China’s Shanghai Composite closed 0.26 per cent higher.

The Australian share market closed 0.74 per cent higher at 7087.33.


NB Global Corporate Income Trust (ASX:NBI) is paying 1.22 cents unfranked.

Sources: Bloomberg, FactSet, IRESS, TradingView, UBS, Bourse Data, Trading Economics, CoinMarketCap.

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