* Alcoa rises before reporting earnings after market's close
* Proxy firm recommends Michael Dell's buyout offer
* Goldman Sachs sees S&P 500 rising to 1,750 at year-end
* Dow up 0.5 pct, S&P 500 up 0.5 pct, Nasdaq up 0.1 pct
By Alison Griswold
NEW YORK, July 8 U.S. stocks rose on Monday,
extending gains after a robust June payrolls report to move the
S&P 500 closer to its all-time high attained in May.
Wall Street jumped at the open, adding to a rally that
pushed the benchmark S&P 500 index up 1 percent on Friday
after U.S. government data showed the economy created more jobs
The advances have reassured investors, who worried that a
strong jobs report could trigger a negative reaction from the
market. Strong economic data increases the likelihood the
Federal Reserve will start to reduce its massive monetary
stimulus in the near future, and interest rates have jumped
sharply. Higher rates make borrowing more expensive and stocks
less attractive in terms of valuation.
"We've turned the corner," said Randy Frederick, managing
director of active trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab in
Austin, Texas. "Friday was a pivotal point for the market
changing its focus from, 'What is the Fed going to do to support
the market?' to 'What's going on in the economy?'"
The week's earnings reports will test whether the market is
focused on the economy instead of the Fed, Frederick said.
Dow component Alcoa Inc, the largest U.S. aluminum
producer, unofficially begins the earnings season after the
market's close. The company is expected to report earnings of 6
cents per share on revenue of $5.83 billion. Alcoa shares rose
0.8 percent to $7.87.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 81.52 points,
or 0.54 percent, at 15,217.36. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index
was up 8.20 points, or 0.50 percent, at 1,640.09. The
Nasdaq Composite Index was up 2.68 points, or 0.08
percent, at 3,482.06.
Goldman Sachs analyst David Kostin said in a note to clients
that rising earnings, coupled with stable margins, should lift
the S&P 500 by 8 percent to Goldman's year-end target of 1,750.
The index ended at 1,631.89 on Friday.
Eight of the 10 S&P 500 industry sector indexes rose, led by
gains in energy, utilities and consumer staples. Consol Energy
was the S&P 500's best performer, up 3.4 percent at
Analysts expect S&P 500 earnings growth to rise 2.9 percent
in the second quarter from a year ago, while quarterly revenue
is forecast to increase 1.5 percent from a year ago, according
to Thomson Reuters data.
Dell Inc climbed 2.9 percent to $13.41 after
investment advisory firm ISS recommended shareholders vote for
Chief Executive Michael Dell's $24.4 billion buyout offer.
Cytokinetics Inc shares fell 4.4 percent to $12.25
after the company disclosed a programming error in a study of
its treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.