Dow spikes 600 points as investors try to rebound from losing streak and Jamie Dimon says the US can avoid recession

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Stocks have risen sharply over the last year, helping the Dow Jones finally break the 36,000 barrier.Xinhua News Agency/Getty Image
  • US stocks surged on Monday as traders seek to end seven straight weeks of losses in the S&P 500.
  • Monday’s rally in stocks came after JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon offered positive comments on the consumer and economy.
  • With 94% of S&P 500 companies having reported first-quarter earnings, 76% beat profit estimates, according to Fundstrat.

US stocks moved higher on Monday, with traders seeking to end seven straight weeks of losses in the S&P 500 as investors continue to digest first-quarter earnings as well as the impact of high inflation and interest rates.

The surge in stocks was ignited by JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, who said at the bank’s annual investor day that the consumer remains strong and that the dark storm clouds hanging over the economy could eventually dissipate.

“I’m calling it storm clouds because they’re storm clouds. They may dissipate. If it was a hurricane, I would tell you that,” Dimon said. The bank raised its 2022 net interest income guidance by $3 billion to more than $56 billion, and said it expects net charge-offs to remain low beyond 2022 thanks to a strong consumer.

Here’s where US indexes stood at the 4:00 p.m. ET close on Monday:

With 94% of S&P 500 companies having reported first-quarter earnings, 76% have beat profit estimates by a median of 9%, according to data fromĀ Fundstrat. Meanwhile, 72% of companies beat revenue estimates by a median of 3%.

While most companies are beating earnings estimates, big misses from retail giants Target and Walmart last week led to their biggest drops since Black Monday in 1987. Both Target and Walmart were forced to eat higher fuel and shipping costs, and said certain inventory categories were not selling well with consumers.