The Nasdaq surpassed the 7,000-point mark for the first time in early afternoon on Monday, while the S&P and the Dow were at record levels on rising optimism among traders that Republican promise of lower corporate tax rates would soon be a reality.
More Republicans said on Sunday they expected Congress to pass the tax bill this week, with a Senate vote set for Tuesday and President Donald Trump expected to sign the bill into law by the end of the week.
U.S. stocks have enjoyed a near year-long rally, with the benchmark S&P 500 <.spx> and the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji> set for their best year since 2013.
The bill proposes to cut corporate tax rates to 21 percent from 35 percent, which investors are betting will boost profits as well as trigger share buybacks and higher dividend payouts.
Another expected outcome of lower taxes is cash repatriation, which market analysts say, could boost mergers and acquisitions.
"The stocks that go up the most are the ones that benefit the most from tax cuts," said John Serrapere, Arrow Funds Director of Research. He expects retail and telecom companies to benefit the most.
At 12:33 p.m. ET(1733 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji> was up 180.2 points, or 0.73 percent, at 24,831.94 and the S&P 500 <.spx> was up 18.04 points, or 0.67 percent, at 2,693.85. The Nasdaq Composite <.ixic> was up 63.82 points, or 0.92 percent, at 7,000.41.
Besides the three indexes, the Nasdaq 100 <.ndx> and the S&P 100 <.oexa> also hit record intraday highs.
The materials index <.splrcm> gained 1.4 percent, the most among the major 11 S&P sectors. Utilities index <.splrcu> was the lone decliner, with a drop of 0.8 percent.
On Monday, investors were treated to a flood of deals.
Shares of Amplify Snack
Casino operator Penn National Gaming
Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 2,149 to 708. On the Nasdaq, 2,092 issues rose and 806 fell.
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