U.S. stocks rose slightly on Monday morning, building on a solid week with quarterly reports from the some of the market’s biggest companies on the horizon.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 62 points, or about 0.2%, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite led the way with a 0.4% gain as investors geared up for a major week of earnings reports from that sector.
Wall Street is coming off a winning week on the back of strong corporate earnings. The blue-chip Dow gained more than 1% last week and closed Friday at a record. The S&P 500 rallied 1.7% last week, also posting its third straight positive week and hitting an all-time high Friday.
Of the 117 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported earnings to date, 84% posted numbers that beat expectations, according to Refinitiv. S&P 500 companies are expected to grow profit by about 35% in the third quarter.
“Rising tide of earnings is lifting all the boats and adding fuel to the bull market fire,” said Anu Gaggar, global investment strategist at Commonwealth Financial Network. “The 3Q earnings season is off to a strong start despite concerns about supply bottlenecks and labor shortages.”
Some of the biggest technology companies are slated to report earnings this week, including Facebook, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple. A third of the Dow companies also is set to release quarterly results this week, including Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, Boeing and McDonald’s.
Amazon rose 0.2% in early trading ahead of its results this week, while Apple also rose slightly. Shares of Facebook, however, were under pressure after the release of more whistleblower documents.
Shares of Tesla, which reported record revenue and profits last week, gained more than 6% after Morgan Stanley hiked its price target on the shares to $1,200 from $900. Rental car company Hertz also announced that it would order 10,000 Tesla vehicles.
Energy stocks opened higher as West Texas Intermediate crude futures touched $85 per barrel.
Major averages have all registered solid gains for October. The Dow and the S&P 500 are both up more than 5%, while the Nasdaq Composite has climbed 4.4% month to date.
Leading the October rally in the broader market has been the energy sector, which is up 11% this month. Industrials, real estate, materials and financials have all popped at least 7% over the same period.
“Transports, consumer discretionary, and large-cap tech have led the market higher these past two weeks, signaling that growth worries around supply chain constraints are beginning to fade,” said Lindsey Bell, chief investment strategist at Ally Invest.