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12:01 p.m. April 14, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Dow gains but misses out on record as Fed's Beige Book points to U.S. growthU.S. stocks finished mostly lower on Thursday as the Federal Reserve's Beige Book showed growth and inflation was picking up in the U.S. economy. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% to 4,125. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 55 points, or 0.2%, to 33,732, based on preliminary numbers. The blue-chip benchmark hit an intraday record earlier in the session but ended below the record close of 33,800.60 set last Friday. The Nasdaq Composite slid 1% to 13,858. Investors parsed through better-than-expected earnings from banks including Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase. The strong results showed the broadening benefits of the recovery, Shares of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global rose over 30%.
5:37 a.m. April 12, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow retreats slightly as stock-market investors ready for first-quarter earnings; Microsoft to buy Nuance in $16 billion deal U.S. stock benchmarks fell slightly early Monday as investors positioned for the start of earnings season, and braced for inflation data that could signal whether a surge in rising prices is in the works or set to be transitory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.1% to around 33,754, the S&P 500 index retreated 0.1% at 4,123, while the Nasdaq Composite Index was trading 0.3% lower at 13,861. In corporate news, shares of Nuance Communications jumped in early trading after Microsoft Corp announced it will buy the speech-recognition company in a $16 billion deal. Markets also were parsing comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell who said the economy "seems to be at an inflection point," with strong growth coming "right now" and the weakness caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the rearview mirror. His comments were from a "60 Minutes" interview that aired on Sunday.
6:22 a.m. April 11, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I’m a farmer in my late 30s and live a frugal lifestyle. My son has a disability. Should I pay extra on my mortgage — or save for retirement? ‘He has a disability that will likely mean he will be living with us for our entire lives’‘He has a disability that will likely mean he will be living with us for our entire lives.’
12:03 p.m. April 9, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Dow, S&P 500 close at records to book solid weekly gainsU.S. stocks finished higher on Friday, capping a week of gains for major equity benchmarks as investors took comfort in dovish comments from senior Federal Reserve officials throughout this week. The S&P 500 gained 0.8% to finish near 4,129. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.9% to end around 33,803, based on preliminary numbers. The S&P 500 and Dow set an intraday record and finished at an all-time high on Friday. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.5% to end at 13,900. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 2.7%, the Dow rose 2%, and the Nasdaq added 3.1%. Fed Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said on Friday any rise in inflationary was unlikely to last, adding to the impression that the Fed was likely to look past the expected surge in price pressures this year. Amazon.com Inc. shares rose after the e-commerce giant defeated a unionization effort by workers at one of its warehouses in Alabama.
8:12 a.m. April 8, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bullish momentum persists: S&P 500 (slightly) extends April breakout Focus: Communications services sector tags record highs, Apple’s stealth trendline breakout, XLC, AAPL, IBM, ON, NUANU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, vacillating ahead of scheduled remarks from the Federal Reserve Chairman. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has tagged its latest record high, though narrowly, while the Nasdaq Composite has extended an already-aggressive trendline breakout.
12:09 p.m. April 7, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
S&P 500 books 18th record close of 2021 in listless trading day after Fed signals commitment to lower ratesThe S&P 500 on Wednesday eked out a record, its 18th of the year, but trading action was otherwise lackluster as minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting appeared to reaffirm a commitment to a lower-rate regime as the COVID-stricken labor market recovers. The S&P 500 index closed up 0.2% at around 4,079, on a preliminary basis. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up less than 0.1% at about 33,446, to mark its third gain in four sessions, while the Nasdaq Composite Index edged less than 0.1% lower to around 13,669. "While generally acknowledging that the medium-term outlook for real GDP growth and employment had improved, participants continued to see the uncertainty surrounding that outlook as elevated," minutes from the Fed's March 16-17 meeting read. The central bank said that its "current guidance for the federal funds rate and asset purchases was serving the economy well." Projections from Fed members indicate that policy makers won't look to normalize rates until at 2023 at the earliest but segments of the market have pushed back against that notion, amid fears that inflation will pick up as the economy improves.
7:58 a.m. April 7, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend confirmed: S&P 500 tags technical target (4,085) Focus: Europe digests break to 12-year highs, IEV, ASML, ADI, EMR, YUMU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating ahead of the release of the Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials are digesting decisive breaks to record territory, while the Nasdaq Composite has sustained an aggressive trendline breakout.
5:37 a.m. April 7, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Stocks fight for direction at opening bell ahead of Fed minutesU.S. stocks flipped between small gains and losses at the start of Wednesday's session ahead of the release of the Federal Reserve's minutes in the afternoon. The S&P 500 rose 0.1% to 4,076. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 58 points, or 0.2%, to 33,488. The Nasdaq Composite slid 0.3% to 13,658. Investors will look to parse an account of the Fed's two-day meeting on March 16-17, when policy makers raised their forecasts for U.S. economic growth and inflation, but emphasized that accommodative monetary policy would stay in place until 2023. Shares of Target were virtually unchanged after the retailer announced a commitment to spend more than $2 billion with Black-owned businesses by the end of 2025.
5:34 a.m. April 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘Frugality will continue to reign’: Eager to save hundreds of dollars, Americans flock to one type of product A new report from the Conference Board tracks three distinct trendsA new report from the Conference Board tracks three distinct trends.
4:42 a.m. April 2, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields tick higher after jobs reportU.S. Treasury yields moved higher on Friday after a stronger-than-expected jobs report on Friday. The Labor Department said the U.S. economy had added 916,000 jobs in March, above the forecast of 675,000, pushing the unemployment rate down to 6% from 6.2%. The 10-year Treasury note yield rose 1.6 basis points 1.695%, while the 2-year note rate was up a basis point to 0.170%. The 30-year bond yield gained 0.8 basis point to 2.348%. Bond prices move inversely to yields. A faster pace of job gains will add to the growing impression of a U.S. economy gaining steam, and potentially push investors to bring forward the timing of the Federal Reserve's eventual pullback from its accommodative policies.
2:29 p.m. March 29, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Millions of Americans live paycheck to paycheck Roughly half of Americans say they have saved less than $500 in the past 3 monthsRoughly half of Americans say they have saved less than $500 in the past 3 months.
10:17 a.m. March 24, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market rotation persists, S&P 500 capped by the breakdown point Focus: Small- and mid-caps extend March downturn, Nasdaq capped by 50-day averageU.S. stocks are mixed Wednesday, vacillating as Treasury yields continue to stabilize in the wake of largely uneventful Federal Reserve policy remarks. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 remains capped by its breakdown point (3,950) amid still largely range-bound price action as market rotation persists.
10:06 a.m. March 24, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Williams doesn't expect inflation pressures building over next couple of yearsThe U.S. economy will recover "really nicely" over the next couple of years, but this doesn't mean inflation pressures will build, said New York Fed President John Williams on Wednesday. "I don't see inflationary pressures really building during that time," Williams said during a webinar sponsored by Syracuse University. He noted that inflation rates around the world are very low. In addition, there are still 9 million fewer jobs in the U.S. economy than at the start of the pandemic. If inflation does surprise to the upside, the Fed has the tools to get inflation down near the Fed's 2% annual goal, Williams said.
12:06 p.m. March 23, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow suffers worst day in about 3 weeks and oil ends in correction territory as investors parse Yellen-Powell testimony U.S. stocks finished solidly lower Tuesday as the first of two days of testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on the state of the government's efforts to limit the economic damage from the COVID-19 pandemic concluded without any major surprises. However, rising worries about extended lockdowns in Europe due to the COVID pandemic helped to drive risk appetite lower and push crude-oil futures into a correcton, defined as a decline of at least 10% from a recent peak. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended by about 335 points, or 1%, lower at 32,395, marking its worst day since March 4. The S&P 500 index closed off 0.8% to about 3,910, powered lower by declines in industrials and materials , while the Nasdaq Composite Index finished the session 1.1% lower at about 13,228. The slide in stocks acclerated at the end of the session and came even as the 10-year Treasury note yield fell nearly 6 basis points to 1.63%. Bond prices rise as yields fall.
10:29 a.m. March 23, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
Powell, Yellen face House panel amid concerns over deficit, inflation: live blog Biden’s reported $3 trillion package for infrastructure expected to dominate hearingFed Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen testify together for the first time Tuesday before the House Financial Services panel.
12:30 p.m. March 22, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Powell says U.S. economy 'looks to be strengthening'The U.S. economy has recovered more quickly than generally expected "and looks to be strengthening," said Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in remarks released on Monday. Consumer spending, housing, business investment and manufacturing productions have all picked up, he noted. This good news is due to the unprecedented support from Congress and the central bank in fighting COVID, Powell said. "But the recovery is far from complete, so, at the Fed, we will continue to provide the economy with the support that it needs for as long as it takes," he said. The path of the economy still depends on the pandemic, Powell added. He made the comments in testimony to be delivered Tuesday to a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the government's response to COVID. It is the panel's custom to release text of testimony on the night before a hearing.
8:20 a.m. March 19, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting another bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 tags familiar support Focus: Basic materials assert bull flag, XLB, WHR, FTNT, USB, FOURU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating in the wake of this week’s Federal Reserve policy actions. Against this backdrop, the bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish, on balance, though the prevailing market technicals are not one-size-fits-all.
6:19 a.m. March 19, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Bank ETFs slide on surprise Fed decisionExchange-traded funds with exposure to the financial sector slipped on Friday after the Federal Reserve said it would not extend a measure of bank regulatory relief. The Invesco KWB Bank ETF was down 2.2% mid-morning, and the First Trust Nasdaq Bank ETF and the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund each fell 1.7%. Regional-bank funds fared the same: the iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF gave up 1.7%. The Fed's decision means that starting on April 1, big banks will have to include Treasurys in calculation of the Supplementary Leverage Ratio. An exemption to that rule was put in place in the aftermath of the coronavirus market shocks.
8:18 a.m. March 18, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market rotation: Dow industrials take flight amid surging Treasury yields Focus: 10-year yield continues to take flight, TNX, NDAQ, DHI, XPO, VNOMU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, vacillating as market rotation persists after the Federal Reserve’s Wednesday policy statement. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has extended a break atop the 33,000 mark, as the Nasdaq Composite vies to simply maintain a posture atop its 50-day moving average.
8:35 a.m. March 17, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
Fed faces communication challenge as doubts mount about its easy policy stance: live blog In wake of vaccine-rollout and $1.9 trillion stimulus, markets think first Fed interest-rate hike is no longer years awayThe Federal Reserve will release its latest views on the economy and the ‘dot-plot’ view of interest rate policy at 2pm Eastern. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will follow with a press conference a half-hour later.
7:54 a.m. March 17, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback: S&P 500 digests breakout ahead of Fed Focus: Metals & mining sector sustains break to six-year highs, Facebook’s stealth trendline breakout, XME, FB, SIMO, SBUX, ANU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy statement, due out this afternoon.
5:35 a.m. March 17, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Nasdaq stumbles at the open after 10-year Treasury rises before Fed updateU.S. stocks were mostly lower at the start of Wednesday's session as a rise in long-term Treasury yields appeared to weigh on tech shares. Investors will watch the Federal Reserve's policy update in the afternoon where it could bring forward its expectations for a first rate hike through the so-called dot plot. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% to 3,947. The Dow Jones industrial Average rose 27 points, or 0.1%, to 32,853. The Nasdaq Composite slid 1% to 13,338. The 10-year Treasury yield rose 4.1 basis points to 1.664%, briefly hitting its highest level since Jan. 2020. Bond prices move inversely to yields.
12:05 p.m. March 15, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Dow records fourth straight record as stocks shake off early weaknessU.S. stocks finished higher on Monday as investors overcame early lackluster trading amid the prospects for the U.S. economy to benefit from a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill. At the same time, market participants were keeping their eyes on the Federal Reserve's meeting later this week. The S&P 500 rose 0.6% to 3,969, booking a new record for a third straight session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 173 points, or 0.5%, to 32,952, logging an all-time high on Monday. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.1% to 13,460. Shares of JetBlue Airways Corp. jumped 5.9% after the air carrier provided an upbeat first-quarter revenue outlook.
8:15 a.m. March 15, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout attempt, S&P 500 nails the range top Focus: Retail sector tags record close, General Motors reaches uncharted territory, XRT, GM, LKQ, ANTM, JWNU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating ahead of the Federal Reserve’s mid-week policy meeting. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is digesting an aggressive break to record territory, while the S&P 500’s slow-motion breakout attempt remains underway.
6:32 a.m. March 12, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
10-year Treasury yield pushes above 1.60% ahead of next week's Fed meetingU.S. Treasury yields extended their rise on Friday before next week's Federal Reserve meeting where the central bank may opine on the impact of the bond-market selloff on financial conditions. The 10-year Treasury note yield surged 10.6 basis points to 1.633%, its highest level since around Feb. 2020. Bond prices move inversely to yields. Though it wasn't clear what had triggered the sharp surge in yields, investors suggest the fiscal relief bill passed this week may be energizing the bond-market bears. Tom di Galoma, managing director of Treasurys trading at Seaport Global Securities, said if the 10-year closed above 1.64%, the next move for the benchmark maturity would be towards 1.75%.
1:47 p.m. March 10, 2021 - Barrons.com
Bull Case for Hedge FundsDavid Lebovitz, global market strategist for J.P. Morgan Asset Management, discusses how a volatile trading environment has highlighted the appeal of investing in hedge funds in 2021.
4:37 a.m. March 5, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
10-year Treasury yield shoots above 1.60% after jobs reportU.S. Treasury yields climbed after the February jobs report showed higher-than-expected job gains, adding to doubts whether the Federal Reserve will able to stay as accommodative for as long as they have signaled. The 10-year Treasury note yield rose 6.2 basis points to 1.612%, a February high, while the 2-year note rate was up 0.6 basis point to 0.151%. The 30-year bond yield rose 3 basis points to 2.33%. The U.S. economy added 379,000 jobs in February, above the forecast of 210,000.
12:19 p.m. March 4, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow logs first close below 50-day moving average in over a month after Thursday's interest rate-fueled selloff The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 on Thursday marked their first finishes below their short-term moving averages in weeks after a market rout apparently precipitated by rising fears that the Federal Reserve may be losing control of inflation and may be forced to jack up borrowing costs faster than they would prefer to cool an overheated economy recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. The Dow closed down 1.1% at around 30,924 to mark its third straight decline, falling below its 50-day moving average at 30,944.98 for the first time since Feb. 1, while the S&P 500 index closed Thursday's trade 1.3% lower for its third consecutive drop, finishing at 3,769, concluding the session below its 50-day MA at 3,818.61 for the first time since Jan. 29.
12:09 p.m. March 4, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Nasdaq Composite narrowly avoids first correction in 6 months as Powell stirs up stock-market rout and Treasury-yield surgeA sluggish day in stocks on Thursday took a turn decidely lower following comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that he was monitoring a steady climb in yields but failed to provide any guidance on what the central bank might do if yields continued to climb precipitously. Speaking at a webinar hosted by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday after noon, Powell described the Fed's current policy stance as appropriate, perhaps disappointing some investors hoping for more decisive comments on possible adjustments to the central bank's asset purchases. The remarks are credited with triggering a selloff in bonds and stocks, that abated somewhat later in the session, that brought the Nasdaq Composite Index on the brink of falling by 10% from its recent closing high put in on Feb. 12, meeting the commonly used definition for a correction. The Nasdaq ended the session off 2.1% at 12,723, and is now down 9.73% from that record close. Meanwhile, the 10-year Treasury note jumped by about 7 points to around 1.54%. Rising rates have caused friction in equity trading because it forces investors to reassess the relative value of highflying technology and tech-related plays that have enjoyed a bump during the pandemic, compared against other sectors that might perform better headed into an economic recovery. The S&P 500 index closed the session off 1.3% to 3,768, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the day off 1.1% at 30,923. Both finished below their 50-day moving averages for the first time in about four or five weeks, Jan. 29 for the S&P 500 and Feb. 1 for the Dow. At the height of Thursday's selling the Dow was down over 720 points, wiping out its year-to-date gains. The Dow remains up 1% for 2021, the Dow is clinging to a 0.3% year-to-date gain, while the Nasdaq Composite is down 1.3% so far this year.
10:27 a.m. March 4, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Buzzy stock-market ETFs backed by Portnoy and Wood get crushed Thursday afternoon as the Nasdaq nears correction Cathie Wood's flagship ARK Invest ETF and a VanEck Vectors Social Sentiment backed by Wall Street bro Dave Portnoy are down by at least 4%. The VanEck Vectors Social Sentiment ETF was down 4.3% in Thursday afternoon trade, in its debut. Meanwhile, Wood's ARK Innovation deepened its slide into correction on Thursday, off 6.6%. Both ETFs focus on drawing interest from many of the growthy tech stocks which are in the market's crosshairs as bond yields rise, including electric-vehicle maker Tesla Inc. . On Thursday, bonds took a leg higher after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said he was watching the rise in rates but offered no concrete steps the central bank was taking to tamp down rate moves. The 10-year Treasury yield jumped by 7 basis points in afternoon action, hitting around 1.54% and accelerating a sell-off in stocks that are viewed as pricey and that don't offer a coupon. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index was down nearly 10% from its Feb. 12 peak, meeting the commonly used definition for a correction. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 400 points, or 1.3%, and nursing a 0.8% year-to-date gain. The S&P 500 index was down 1.6% and holding on to a 2021 gain of less than 0.1%. The Nasdaq Composite was negative for the year, down 1.4%.
10:26 a.m. March 4, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Wall Street's 'fear index' surges to highest level in about 5 weeks as Treasury-yield spike sparks stock-market selloffA closely watched gauge of expected stock-market volatility jumped Thursday to around its highest level since the end of January as a tech-led selloff dragged major benchmarks sharply lower. The CBOE Volatility Index is known by its ticker symbol "VIX", rose 5.07 points to 31.44, a gain of nearly 18%. A close at that level would represent the highest level for the so-called fear index since Jan. 29, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The VIX is an options-based measure of expected volatility over the coming 30 days for the S&P 500 . The VIX, which typically jumps during big stock-market selloffs, also tends to fall back during long, gradual rallies, and has remained stubbornly elevated above its long-term average of 19.50 as stocks pushed back into record territory in recent weeks. But a rise in yields and comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday breathed new life into the yield rise and prompted a reassessment of stock values compared against rising fixed-income yields. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was under pressure and the technology-laden Nasdaq Composite Index was on the verge of tumbling into correction, defined as a decline of at least 10% from a recent peak.
10:18 a.m. March 4, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Goldman Sachs raises 10-year Treasury yield target to 1.90%Goldman Sachs on Thursday raised its Treasury yield target, forecasting the 10-year note rate to hit 1.90% by the end of the year amid a quickening bond-market selloff. The benchmark maturity is up 6.6 basis points to 1.536%. "The already material repricing in global yields will, in our view, extend after some consolidation, driven by a strong acceleration in the global recovery over the coming quarters," said Goldman Sachs strategists led by Praveen Korapaty. The rise in yields over the past few weeks has led banks across Wall Street to repeatedly lift their year-end Treasury yield targets. The combination of fiscal relief and vaccine rollouts have fanned inflation fears, and raised doubts among investors over whether Federal Reserve can stick to its accommodative policy stance for as long as it has signaled.
10:09 a.m. March 4, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
U.S. stock market close to wiping out 2021 gains as Thursday selloff gathers steam after Powell commentsThe three main U.S. equity benchmarks Thursday afternoon erased, or were close to erasing, their year-to-date gains as a rate-driven sell-off picked up momentum, following comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down nearly 700 points, or 2.2%, lower pushing the index to a decline of 0.1% for 2021, the S&P 500 index was off 2.5% on the session, erasing its gains for the year and pushing the broad-market benchmark to a decline of 0.8% for 2021. The Nasdaq Composite Index , which was in the firing line of the decline by dint of the many technology and tech-related companies that make up the index, was teetering on the brink of the first correction, down 10% from a recent peak, since Sept. 9. At last check, the Nasdaq was down 11% from its recent low. The Nasdaq was off 3.3% on Thursday and down 2.5% for the year to date. Powell said the central is appropriate and suggested that moves in inflation are transitory, disappointing investors who had hoped him to say more about how the Fed would react to tamp down a rise in long-term bond yields, speaking at a webinar hosted by the Wall Street Journal.
9:06 a.m. March 4, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
10-year Treasury yield jumps above 1.50% Thursday afternoon after Powell refers to inflation's rise as transitoryU.S. Treasury yields Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said he was monitoring the rise in bond yields and that he would be concerned if financial conditions did tighten. "I would be concerned by disorderly conditions in markets or persistent tightening in financial conditions that threatens the achievement of our goals," Powell said during a webinar hosted by The Wall Street Journal. The 10-year Treasury note yield climbed 7.1 basis points to 1.541%. Bond prices fall as yields rise. Many investors had said that if Powell didn't offer more explicit pushback on higher government bond rates, it could fuel Treasury market weakness. Powell stressed again that the Fed would be "patient" with higher inflation expected this year, saying it was likely to be a "one time" effect and not price gains that continue year-after-year.
12:05 p.m. March 3, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Resurgence in Treasury yields hammers tech stocks, drives Nasdaq below 13,000 to mark worst 2-day skid in 6 monthsU.S. stock benchmarks on Wednesday closed lower and technology and tech-related shares got whacked as a continued rise in bond yields forced a rotational shift out of highflying tech and into areas of the market that might benefit from a regime of rising interest rates, like banks and energy . A report from the Federal Reserve's Beige Book, a survey of business conditions in the central bank's 12 regional districts, also showed only a modest uptick in economic activity to start the year, despite headway on COVID the vaccination front. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down by about 0.4% at 31,270, while the S&P 500 index closed off 1.3% at 3,820. The tech-laden Nasdaq Composite Index, took the brunt of the selling, off 2.7%, at 12,997 to mark the index's worst two-day skid since September, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Meanwhile, the initial public offering of health-care data company Oscar Health Inc. , finished down nearly 11% in its public debut. And the 10-year Treasury note was around 1.47%.
5:53 a.m. March 3, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Gauge of bond-market inflation expectations hits highest since 2008A gauge of future price pressures from holders of Treasury inflation-protected securities are trading at their highest levels in over a decade. The 5-year breakeven rate, which reflects estimates of consumer prices over the next 5 years, stood at 2.50% on Wednesday. The rise in inflation expectations followed climbing bond yields on Wednesday, with the 10-year Treasury note rate up 6.9 basis points to 1.484%. Bond prices move inversely to yields. Investors have been betting that the combination of an accommodative Federal Reserve, trillions in fiscal relief and the reopening of the U.S. economy will lead to a sustained rise in price levels.
6:06 a.m. March 1, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow jumps 600 points early Monday, puts stock-market index on track for best day in 3 months as Treasury's yield surge cools U.S. stock benchmarks on Monday kicked off trade in March sharply higher, with some strategists attributing the enthusiasm to a cool-down in the rapid rise in bond yields that had unsettled the bullish mood on Wall Street last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 610 points, or 2%, to trade at 31,555, on track for its best day since November, according to FactSet data. The S&P 500 index was climbing 1.8% to trade at 3,880, while the Nasdaq Composite Index was advancing 1.7% to 13,423. Rising bond yields have threatened to undo easy-money policies implemented by the Federal Reserve to stem the economic harm from public health protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. However, yields were pulling back on Monday, with the 10-year Treasury note yielding 1.43% from hitting near 1.6% on Friday.
7:24 a.m. Feb. 25, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
5-year Treasury note yield hits 0.75% as rate-hike bets accelerateShorter-term Treasury yields were on the move on Thursday as the U.S. government bond market came under assault this week. The 5-year Treasury note yield was up 13 basis points to around 0.76%. Bond prices move in the opposite direction of yields. the 10-year note yield rose 8.4 basis points to 1.473%. Investors are closely eyeing the movements of the 5-year note as it roughly overlaps with the timetable for when the Federal Reserve is expected to carry out its first rate hikes since the pandemic. A higher 5-year note rate would signify bond traders are pricing in more monetary tightening as reflation fears gain ground.
12:02 p.m. Feb. 24, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Dow gains over 420 points to hit new all-time high after Powell testimonyU.S. stocks rose sharply on Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank's focus was on supporting the U.S. economy and employment. The S&P 500 rose 44 points, or 1.1%, to end around 3,925. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 425 points, or 1.4%, to end near 31,962, based on preliminary numbers. The Nasdaq Composite rose 133 points, or 1%, to finish around 13,598. Like Powell, other senior Fed officials including Lael Brainard and Richard Clarida both sounded dovish on Wednesday, underlining the central bank's willingness to keep policy accommodative. Intuit Inc. shares rose 3.5% after the financial-services company reported fiscal second-quarter results late Tuesday.
10:43 a.m. Feb. 24, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
Powell says strong growth later this year is his ‘base-case’ forecast: live blog recap Fed chairman also talks about digital dollar, climate change Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday his “base case” forecast is strong growth later this year.
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