WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Markets Overview

September got off to an excellent start with the major indices moving up to set new all-time highs. The tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite led the charge with a gain near 1.40% with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial close behind. Apple, despite newly split shares, led the tech-sector with an increase of 4.0% with Dow component Walmart up more than 6.0%. Better than expected manufacturing data supported Tuesday’s move. The ISM Manufacturing index came in at a hotter-than-expected 56 with notable strength in hiring and new orders. The data is only the latest indication of accelerating economic activity in the U.S. Traders are eyeing the much-anticipated Non-farm-payrolls figure due out on Friday. The consensus is jobs rose more than 1.1 million in August.

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