The markets react to the end of the shutdown — and it’s good news

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on January 17, 2018 in New York City. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 26,000 for the first time ever. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images,)

News that the government shutdown was coming to an end prompted markets to reach same-day and all-time highs again today, according to CNBC.

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The S&P 500 rose 0.5 percent, hitting an intraday high of 2,825.91; the NASDAQ composite index hit an all-time high of 7,392.06 today; and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) accelerated 0.08 percent to 26,093, per The Street, marked by Boeing shares gaining 1 percent on the day.

More market activity can be expected as companies begin to report first-quarter earnings this week. The Street reports that 300 companies will report first-quarter results this week.

In government shutdowns that lasted over a full trading day (in 1995 and 2013), stock markets actually gained, writes Motley Fool. While hundreds of thousands of federal workers were furloughed and facilities closed their gates, markets largely ignored the chaos and posted gains.

The government shutdown came to an end today as Senate Democrats acquiesced to a contingent of Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), voting for a three-week Continuing Resolution that would keep the government open through February 8. Republican Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee voted against the funding arrangement.

Democrats agreed to vote for the Continuing Resolution after receiving promises from Sen. McConnell that the issue of immigration — particularly the status of people protected from deportation under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), who otherwise face deportation in March — would be taken up in the Senate.

Some were skeptical that McConnell, who has made and broken promises to fellow Senators in exchange for votes, would make good on his word.

In exchange for Sen. Jeff Flake’s vote on the Republican Party’s banner act of legislation in 2017 — a tax bill that cut taxes for corporations and about 80 percent of taxpayers — Flake was promised a vote on immigration this month. As of press time, that vote has not happened. In exchange for her vote, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was promised votes on bills to stabilize Affordable Care Act state exchanges, and those, too, have not happened.

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