Tech Stocks Lead S&P 500 Gains; Treasuries Climb: Markets Wrap

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Tech Stocks Lead S&P 500 Gains; Treasuries Climb: Markets Wrap

A rebound in technology companies drove stocks to the brink of a record, with traders assessing another batch of economic and earnings reports. Treasuries climbed.

The S&P 500 had its biggest three-day advance since April, but gains paled in comparison to the previous two sessions. Giants Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. rallied, while firms closely tied to a broader reopening of businesses underperformed. In late trading, Twitter Inc. jumped after a strong outlook, while Intel Corp. -- the world’s biggest semiconductor maker -- slid on a lackluster sales forecast.

Rising earnings expectations have tempered worries over peaking growth and the spread of the delta coronavirus variant that roiled markets at the start of the week. Economic reports were mixed, showing sales of previously owned U.S. homes rose for the first time in five months, while jobless claims unexpectedly climbed.

“There’s going to be some choppiness in the market in the second half of the year, but we think it’s going to trend higher,” said Victoria Fernandez, chief market strategist at Crossmark Global Investments. “We have so much liquidity in the market right now, you have companies with a tremendous amount of cash on their balance sheets, you have rates at tremendous lows.”

Tech Stocks Lead S&P 500 Gains; Treasuries Climb: Markets Wrap

Earlier Thursday, equities fell on news that multiple prominent websites were inaccessible to some users.

Among the corporate highlights, Union Pacific Corp., the largest publicly traded railroad, climbed as profit topped analysts’ projections. AT&T Inc. rose after beating Wall Street estimates. American Airlines Group Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. slipped amid cautious outlooks, while D.R. Horton Inc. sank on an unexpected plunge in new home orders.

As earnings continue to roll in, American stocks are regaining a leadership position in world markets. The ratio between the S&P 500 and an S&P Global gauge of shares listed outside the U.S. shows as much. After falling as much as 10.4% between September and February, the ratio rallied to a record on July 9 and again on Tuesday.

These are some of the main moves in markets:

Stocks

  • The S&P 500 rose 0.2% as of 4 p.m. New York time
  • The Nasdaq 100 rose 0.7%
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average was little changed
  • The MSCI World index rose 0.4%
  • The Russell 2000 Index fell 1.5%

Currencies

  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed
  • The euro fell 0.2% to $1.1769
  • The British pound rose 0.4% to $1.3765
  • The Japanese yen rose 0.1% to 110.17 per dollar

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined three basis points to 1.26%
  • Germany’s 10-year yield declined three basis points to -0.43%
  • Britain’s 10-year yield declined four basis points to 0.57%

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude rose 2% to $71.71 a barrel
  • Gold futures rose 0.2% to $1,811.60 an ounce

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