Zuckerberg Continues To Make A Killing With Meta's Spectacular Surge

S&P 500 closes above 5,000 for first time

Thanks to a fifth week of favorable U.S. economic news, the S&P 500 on Friday closed above the 5,000 mark for the first time.

The landmark closing comes after a positive period of economic growth and technological advances and a “better-than-expected” earnings season. Also, inflation fears have been lower than previously expected.

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Mark Zuckerberg continues to offload Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ:META) stock at an astonishing rate following the social media giant’s eye-popping rally on stellar fourth-quarter financial results.

What Happened: In the latest regulatory filing, Meta said Zuckerberg intends to sell 97,093 class A common shares, valued at over $45 million. The company’s total outstanding shares currently stand at 22,00,048,907.

This month alone, the Meta CEO has parted with 408,453 shares, translating to over $188 million, according to the filing.

Zuckerberg has witnessed the biggest wealth gains in 2024, courtesy of Meta’s stellar stock surge. Following better-than-expected fourth-quarter results and positive first-quarter guidance, the company announced its inaugural quarterly dividend and expanded its share repurchase program. Zuckerberg could potentially rake in $700 million annually from dividends on his Meta shares, with a quarterly dividend of 50 cents.

Meta’s stock has soared 32.78% year-to-date and a remarkable 164.16% over the past year.

Mark Zuckerberg Continues To Make A Killing With Meta’s Spectacular Surge By Selling Another $45M Worth Of Shares (msn.com)

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Biden Declares U.S. Economy as “Strongest in the World” with 300,000+ New Jobs

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The U.S. president has touted the strength of the U.S. economy and labor market after January saw a strong boost in job openings.

  • Nvidia is now worth the same as the whole Chinese stock market, Bank of America chief investment strategist Michael Hartnett pointed out in a new note.
  • The company’s market cap has hit $1.7 trillion, the same as all Chinese companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
  • Nvidia’s stock soared 239% in 2023 and is up 41% in 2024, through Thursday.

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Meet Jensen Huang, the 60-year-old cofounder of chipmaker Nvidia, whose wealth has more than doubled this year to $42 billion thanks to the AI boom©Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

  • Jensen Huang, Nvidia’s cofounder, and CEO, has seen his net worth rise by almost $28 billion so far this year.
  • Nvidia’s stock has gained over 220% so far this year on the back of blowout results thanks to the AI trend.
  • Born in Taiwan and raised in the US, Huang’s story is an immigrant success story.

Nvidia has grown at an eye-popping pace, to the point where it carries a valuation equal to that of China’s stock market as a whole.

In a new research note from Bank of America, chief investment strategist Michael Harnett noted that Nvidia’s $600 billion surge in value over the past two months has pushed its market cap to $1.7 trillion, on par with all Chinese-listed companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange combined.

Nvidia is now worth as much as the whole Chinese stock market (msn.com)

U.S. stocks have just accomplished something that hasn’t happened since 1972

Story by Joseph Adinolfi • 14h

U.S. stocks have just accomplished something that hasn’t been done since President Richard Nixon was still occupying the White House.

The S&P 500 has risen for the 14th week out of 15 on Friday. According to Dow Jones Market Data, the last time the large-cap index recorded a comparable stretch of weekly gains was March 10, 1972. This marks the 13th time it has happened since the index’s inception in 1957.

However, investors don’t need to look as far back to find a precedent for the magnitude of the index’s rise over this period. The S&P 500 has risen 22.1% over the past 15 weeks as of Friday’s close, the largest 15-week advance since a 22.5% gain during the period that ended Aug. 28, 2020, Dow Jones data show.

See: S&P 500 reaches 5,000 for first time. Here’s what it means for the market.

The index closed above 5,000 for the first time on Friday, its 10th record close of the year, according to Dow Jones data.

To be sure, the S&P 500 isn’t the only major U.S. equity index to score a historic winning streak on Friday. The Nasdaq Composite also climbed for the 14th week out of 15 as well.

In the case of the Nasdaq, investors don’t need to look quite as far back for precedent: the last time the tech-heavy index landed a winning streak of this magnitude was a 15-week stretch that ended on Aug. 8, 1997.

For the Dow Jones Industrial Average which barely managed to eke out a gain for the week on Friday, it marked the first time this has happened since May 12, 1995. Winning streaks like this one have only occurred 14 times since the index was created in the late 19th century.

For the Nasdaq, it was only the sixth time since its inception that it reached such a milestone. One example was a 15-week winning streak that ended on March 10, 1972.

U.S. stocks have seen a powerful rally since hitting their most recent near-term bottom in late October, when the S&P 500 touched what was then its weakest level in five months.

The No. 1 factor that has driven markets higher during this period has been the Federal Reserve pivoting away from hiking interest rates, and toward holding them steady, or possibly cutting them later this year, according to Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer at Independent Advisors Alliance.

“The main reason the market has gone higher over the past 15 weeks has been the Fed pivot, the idea that the Fed is done raising interest rates to being on pause or cutting them. I think that’s a big catalyst for the rally that we have seen,” Zaccarelli said.

Zaccarelli also cited the surprising strength of the U.S. economy as another factor contributing to stocks’ success over the past year.

“A recession never happened last year, and it doesn’t appear that it will be happening any time soon. I think that’s one of the big reasons we’ve had a rally over the last 14 months, let alone the last 15 weeks,” he added.

U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Friday, with the exception of the Dow. But all three major indexes finished with weekly gains. Even the Russell 2000 which has struggled in the new year, finished the week in the green. The S&P 500 closed 28.70 points, or 0.6%, higher at 5,026.61, according to FactSet data, bringing its weekly advance to 1.4%.

The Nasdaq Composite closed 196.95 points, or 1.3%, higher at 15,990.66, clocking a 2.3% advance for the week. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down 54.64 points, or 0.1%, at 38671.69, leaving it with a weekly gain of less than 0.1%.

The Russell 2000 gained 30.29 points, or 1.5%, at 2,009.99, finishing 2.4% higher on the week.

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