Nasdaq ends at record high as Big Tech roars back

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The front facade of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen in New York, U.S., February 12, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
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June 22 (Reuters) - The Nasdaq ended at a record high on Tuesday, lifted by Amazon, Microsoft and other top-shelf tech companies as investors shifted their focus to growth stocks.

Microsoft's (MSFT.O) stock market value breached $2 trillion for the first time, while Apple (AAPL.O), Facebook (FB.O) and Amazon (AMZN.O) also rallied.

Amazon had over $5.6 billion in total online sales in the United States on the first day of its Prime promotional event, according to Adobe Digital Economy Index. read more

In a congressional hearing, meanwhile, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reaffirmed the U.S. central bank's intent to encourage a "broad and inclusive" recovery of the job market and not to raise interest rates too quickly based only on the fear of coming inflation. read more

So-called value stocks, expected to benefit from the economic recovery, have outperformed in 2021, while growth stocks, including major tech names like Apple (AAPL.O) and Nvidia (NVDA.O), have rallied since the Fed last week took a stance on future rate hikes viewed by many as more aggressive than expected.

The S&P growth index (.IGX)has added around 2% since before the Fed last Wednesday projected an accelerated timetable for interest rate increases, compared with a drop of more than 1% in the value index (.IVX).

"The market was caught off guard regarding the Fed’s hawkish commentary, and that’s 100% of what is happening," said Andrew Mies, chief investment officer of 6 Meridian. "All the smart people were surprised about how hawkish the Fed was, and now they are adjusting their portfolios."

Most of the 11 major S&P sector indexes rose, with consumer discretionary among the biggest gainers.

Unofficially, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) rose 0.2% to end at 33,945.71 points, while the S&P 500 (.SPX) gained 0.51% to 4,246.46.

The Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) climbed 0.79% to 14,253.27.

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global (COIN.O)fell as bitcoin slipped below $30,000 for the first time since January, briefly wiping out gains for the year. read more

GameStop (GME.N)jumped after the videogame retailer said it raised over $1 billion in its latest share offering, cashing in further on this year's Reddit-driven surge in its stock price. read more

Sanderson Farms (SAFM.O)rallied to a record high after J.P. Morgan raised its price target on the stock after a source told Reuters that the poultry producer was exploring a sale.

Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) rose after the European Union decided to take up an option under a supply contract with the drugmaker that allows the bloc to order 150 million additional COVID-19 vaccines. read more

Splunk Inc (SPLK.O) surged after the data analytics software maker said private equity firm Silver Lake invested $1 billion in the company’s convertible senior notes.

Additional reporting by Devik Jain, Sujata Rao-Coverley and Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel, Sonya Hepinstall and Dan Grebler

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