Tesla hit record high on last day of trading before joining S&P 500

Pedestrians walk by the New York Stock Exchange after a major snow storm on Wall Street in New York City on Thursday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

Dec. 19 (UPI) — Tesla’s shares rose 6% to a record high of $695 at close Friday, the last day of trading before it joins the S&P 500 index.

The company owned by Elon Musk will be the largest ever added to the S&P 500, with a market capitalization of $650 billion.

The index slipped to 3,709.41, down 0.35% ahead of the major addition. For the week, the S&P 500 finished up 0.37%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average also fell Friday, closing at 30,179.05, down 0.41%. The index was down 0.33% for the week.

And the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite lost about 0.71% to close at 12,755.64. The index was up 1.84% for the week.

The lackluster Friday finishes is likely linked to Congress’ struggles coming to an agreement on a new pandemic-related stimulus plan.

Congressional negotiators are hoping to attach a COVID-19 relief bill worth about $900 billion onto a $1.4 trillion measure to fund federal government operations through September. They were facing a Friday deadline for the latter.


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