S&P 500 hits 5,000 for first time; Microsoft topples Apple as world's largest company

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The S&P 500 has ne'er been higher, closing supra nan 5,000 level for nan first clip ever arsenic improving firm net and better-than-expected economical information substance investor optimism. 

That optimism sewage an other push Friday aft revised information showed user ostentation moderated astatine nan extremity of past year, according to nan Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

However, strategists be aware nan upward move is heavy tied to conscionable a fistful of companies. 

"Technology is really important, arsenic you know. Look at Microsoft, Apple, Nvidia make up 18% of nan S&P 500, and nan full is astir 30% and it's really much coming than it was nan highest successful 2000 erstwhile we had that tech bubble burst," Crossmark Global Investments CEO Bob Doll said during an question and reply pinch FOX Business. 

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To Doll's point, Microsoft displaced Apple arsenic nan world's largest institution arsenic its marketplace headdress moved supra $3 trillion connected Friday, compared to nan iPhone maker's $2.9 trillion, arsenic tracked by Dow Jones Market Data Group.

Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft is nan first U.S. company to adjacent pinch a marketplace worth of $3.124 trillion. The institution is coming disconnected a grounds year, pulling successful $62 cardinal successful revenues driven by unreality computing and artificial intelligence.

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"We’ve moved from talking astir AI to applying AI astatine scale by infusing AI crossed each furniture of our tech stack," Nardella said during a January net call. 

Communication, exertion and user discretionary stocks are nan top-performing S&P sectors complete nan past 3 months, rising complete 17%, 16% and 10%, respectively. 

"Consider that complete nan past 12 months only 3 sectors person outperformed nan SPX: Information Technology, Communication Services, and Consumer Discretionary. The first 2 person dramatically outperformed nan index. We see these sectors to beryllium overvalued and favour investors trimming exposures down to our suggested neutral allocations for Technology and Communication Services and an unfavorable (underweight) allocation successful Consumer Discretionary," Scott Wren, elder world marketplace strategist astatine Wells Fargo Investment Institute, wrote successful a statement to clients. 

Both are outperforming nan broader index, which has gained 5% this twelvemonth and complete 22% during nan past 12 months arsenic of Friday. 

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