Stocks snapped their losing streak Friday as Donald Trump took the oath of office for president of the United States.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 95 points, or 0.5%, to 19,827 Friday, preventing what would have been the sixth straight down day in a row. The gains pushed the Dow back into the plus column for the year.
The Trump rally had been losing its gusto before the inauguration as investors worried that policy changes when the administration began might be less stimulative than hoped. All three major market measures, the Dow, the Standard & Poor’s 500index and the Nasdaq Composite, are down 0.3%, 0.2%, and 0.4%, for the week, respectively.
That’s why the strength Friday came as a relief. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 0.3% to 2,271, just shy of its record closing high of 2,276.98 notched Jan. 6. The Nasdaq composite index was up 0.3% to 5,555 as it moved back closer to its record close of ,5,574.12.
Despite Friday’s gains, it was overall a negative week for stocks as investors fretted over what Trump might say in his inauguration speech regarding trade and government spending. Investors have been trying to price in the positives of lower tax rates and fiscal stimulation in the form of government infrastructure projects but also the negatives of trade restrictions and tariffs.
Such uncertainty is a reminder to investors that trying to time this kind of change is perilous.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was stable at 2.47%. The recent rise in Treasury yields has moderated lately. Treasury rates hit their highest point over the past 12 months on Dec. 27 at 2.56%. Treasury yields have been generally rising since July 2016 as investors expect inflation to increase. The yield on the 10-year has intensified as investors prepare for President Trump’s government spending plans, which are likely to increase the country’s level of debt.