The Nasdaq closed at a key high on Monday due to a solid trade-off of the soaring semiconductor sector. This marks the seventh market close in a row in Monday’s solid session. A large chunk of the stock market’s gains was driven primarily by the semi-conductor sector, which has become increasingly valuable in the past year due to its large part in driving technological progress. Telecom, storage, and semiconductor stocks all performed well today, with the exchange’s semiconductor Index, the PHLX Semiconductor Sector (SOX) up by 2.2%. The gains in these stocks have been overlooked for almost a month, as investors focused instead on the earnings gap between tech and the rest of the market. This has resulted in a steady climb up for the Nasdaq, making it one of the market’s top performers in the recent months. The semiconductor sector has specifically outperformed the U.S. stock market in a way that parallels the S&P 500, only with stronger gains in the latter part of the year. According to data from FactSet, the SOX has gained 18.2% this year, in comparison to a 7.8% rise in the S&P 500. The strong performance of the semiconductor sector has been largely attributed to the increasing demand for smart technology, such as the iPhone and other smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Demand for electronic components such as processors, displays, and memory chips have increased in pace with consumer enthusiasm for new electronics. The semiconductor sector also offers investors more exposure to the capital-intensive technology industry, which is notoriously volatile. This volatility may be the price to pay for its strong gains in the short term, yet it also offers protection against overheated stock prices and possible bear markets. Overall, the market enthusiasm surrounding the semiconductor sector is an important sign that while tech stocks remain strong, those within the industry recognize their value. This trade-off has ultimately resulted in market record highs and an overall confident stock market.