Uber Shares Jump After the Ride-Hailing Company Picked to Join the S&P 500 Index

By Jace Dela Cruz

Dec 05, 2023 12:28 AM EST

Uber has witnessed a notable surge in its shares, closing more than 2% higher on Monday. It follows Friday's S&P Dow Jones Indices announcement that the ride-hailing giant is poised to join the S&P 500.

Uber Set to Join the S&P 500

According to CNBC, although Uber's inclusion in the benchmark index is pending official confirmation on December 18, it is customary for the stock to experience an uptick as investors anticipate its addition to the portfolios of index funds tracking the S&P 500. 

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: The Uber company logo is displayed on a screen as traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during morning trading on February 10, 2023 in New York City.

The company is slated to replace Sealed Air Corp. in the S&P 500. The decision of S&P Dow Jones Indices to include Uber in the S&P 500 spurred positive market reactions, reflecting the impact such inclusions can have on investor sentiment and returns. 

Analysts at Oppenheimer adjusted the price target from $65 to $75 per share, indicative of the belief that Uber's newfound status in the S&P 500 will likely boost investor confidence.

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Uber's Ascent

In a press release, S&P Dow Jones Indices outlined the upcoming changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400, and S&P SmallCap 600 indices, set to take effect on December 18 during the quarterly rebalance. 

The adjustments aim to ensure that each index accurately represents its designated market capitalization range. Uber will join the S&P 500, while Jabil Inc. and Builders FirstSource Inc. will replace Sealed Air Corp., Alaska Air Group Inc., and SolarEdge Technologies Inc. in the S&P 500.

The reshuffling also extends to the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600. Uber's ascent to the S&P 500 not only validates its market presence but also underscores the company's significance in the large-cap market space. 

This move is poised to have a ripple effect on related indices, reshaping the representation of companies in accordance with their market capitalization categories.

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