(Corrects name spelling to Kinahan in paragraphs 4 and 11)
* Report on SEC probe drags Tesla shares lower
* Kohl's up as Engine Capital asks for sale of e-commerce
* Indexes up: Dow 2.17%, S&P 1.55%, Nasdaq 1.16%
Dec 6 (Reuters) - The Dow led Wall Street shares higher on
Monday, as economy-linked banks and energy stocks charged back
and fear about the Omicron variant eased, even as investors
braced for another roller-coaster ride like last week's.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq was also up but lagged the Dow and S&P
500's gains, facing early headwinds from chipmakers mainly due
to a slide in Nvidia.
All of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors advanced, with
financials, energy and industrials up
2% or more, underscoring leadership of cyclical stocks, while
defensive utilities were also up by a similar amount.
JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade, said
that some rotation was going on. Investors were favoring value
shares over growth and also looking ahead to Dec. 17's big
expiration of options and futures, referred to as a "quad"
"You have a lot of firms that have a double mandate right
now. You are trying to take off risk, expiration related, while
the same time rebalancing your portfolio heading into 2022," he
By 1:42 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
rose 752.06 points, or 2.17%, to 35,332.14, the S&P 500
gained 70.52 points, or 1.55%, to 4,608.95 and the Nasdaq
Composite added 174.91 points, or 1.16%, to 15,260.38.
The S&P 500 Value Index was up about 2% while its
growth counterpart was up 1.1%.
Blue-chip stocks such as Honeywell International,
Chevron Corp, Goldman Sachs, 3M Co and
Boeing Co gained between 1.9% and 3.5%, powering the Dow
Jones Industrial Average higher.
"If today's strength in the blue-chips can sort of sustain
itself, that might give the rest of the market the ability to
start to feel confident," said Robert Pavlik, senior portfolio
manager at Dakota Wealth Management.
Wall Street's major indexes swung wildly last week as
investors digested news of the COVID-19 Omicron variant and
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's hawkish comments about a
speedier taper to tackle surging inflation.
"Some of the news on the variant not being quite as severe
as people had thought also has put a little bit of confidence in
it," Kinahan said.
Goldman Sachs on Saturday cut its outlook for U.S. economic
growth to 3.8% for 2022, citing risks and uncertainty around the
emergence of Omicron. Investors also braced for a potential hit
to corporate earnings, particularly among retailers, restaurants
and travel companies.
The largest percentage gainer on the S&P 500 was Norwegian
Cruise Line, which rose 12.1%, while the largest
decliner was Moderna Inc, down 15.9%.
Among the most active stocks on the NYSE were Ford Motor Co
, up 1.4% to $19.42; Palantir Technologies, down
0.6% to $18.87 and Nio Inc, down 0.3% to $32.05.
Nvidia was down 2.8%, still pressured by regulator concerns
about its deal to buy British chip firm ARM Ltd. Peers Qualcomm
Inc and Advanced Micro Devices Inc pared early
losses, as did the Philadelphia SE Semiconductor index
which was last off 0.2%.
Tesla Inc fell sharply after Reuters reported the
U.S. SEC has opened a probe into the electric-car maker over
whistleblower claims on solar panel defects, but pared early
losses and was last off 0.8%.
Kohl's Corp jumped 6.7% after hedge fund Engine
Capital LP said it was pushing the department-store chain to
consider a sale of the company or separate its e-commerce
division to improve its lagging stock price.
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a
3.21-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.81-to-1 ratio favored advancers.
The S&P 500 posted 20 new 52-week highs and one new low; the
Nasdaq Composite recorded 23 new highs and 582 new lows.
(Reporting by Devik Jain and Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru;
Editing by Maju Samuel, Shounak Dasgupta and Cynthia Osterman)