Wall Street hits all-time highs ahead of earnings deluge; bitcoin jumps

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Technology companies helped lift stocks modestly higher on Wall Street on Monday (US time), nudging the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes to all-time highs.The S&P 500 rose 0.2 per cent, with only slightly more than half the companies in the index notching gains. Banks and companies that rely on consumer spending were among the winners, outweighing a pullback in household goods makers and health care stocks, among others.A rally in technology companies, which powered much of the market’s gains in 2020, helped push the Nasdaq to its first record high since February 12. The index fell more than 10 per cent from that peak by March 8, what is known on Wall Street as a “correction.” With Monday’s gain, the Nasdaq has recouped all of its losses from that March slide.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed slightly lower, while small company stocks outpaced the broader market, a sign investors are…

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