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Stocks Rise for Fifth Straight Week; Oil Tumbles: Markets Wrap

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U.S. stocks broke a three-day slide, led by a rally in shares of technology companies, propelling the benchmark S&P 500 to its fifth consecutive weekly gain. Treasuries fell, the dollar strengthened and oil slumped.

The Nasdaq 100 jumped as Amazon announced plans to open new grocery stores and Apple’s chief executive made positive comments, keeping that index on track to post its 10th straight week in the green. The S&P 500 closed above the 2,800 price level for the first time since November after struggling to hold above the threshold all week.

“People are looking for a catalyst for equities to move up,” said Erik Ristuben, the chief investment strategist at Russell Investments Management Co., said in an interview at Bloomberg’s New York headquarters.

Stocks Rise for Fifth Straight Week; Oil Tumbles: Markets Wrap

The psychological level of 2,800 continued to act as resistance for the S&P 500, a point that the benchmark had failed to breach four times in the past five months.

Stocks weakened earlier after the Institute for Supply Management’s gauge of U.S. factories slumped to a two-year low. They had opened higher in the wake of gains posted overseas after positive economic data from China and prospects of a trade deal improved. Chinese shares outperformed as an increase in the Caixin manufacturing gauge and confirmation that MSCI Inc. will raise the weight of Chinese stocks in its global benchmarks buoyed sentiment.

After a 16 percent surge from Christmas through the start of this week, MSCI’s gauge of global equities has tread water as investors await progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations. American officials are preparing a final deal that U.S. President Donald Trump and China President Xi Jinping could sign in weeks, people familiar with the matter said, even as a debate continues in Washington over whether to push Beijing for more concessions.

Meanwhile, geopolitical concerns remain in the background, amid tensions between India and Pakistan and the failure of a summit between Kim Jong Un and Trump to achieve an agreement between the U.S. and North Korea on denuclearization.

These are the main moves in markets:

Stocks

  • The S&P 500 Index rose 0.7 percent to 2,803.69 as of 4:07 p.m. New York time, while the Nasdaq Composite Index gained 0.8 percent and the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.4 percent.
  • The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.4 percent.
  • The MSCI Emerging Market Index was little changed.
  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 0.1 percent.

Currencies

  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose 0.4 percent, the third straight daily increase.
  • The euro fell 0.1 percent to $1.1361, while the yen weakened 0.5 percent to 111.99 per dollar.
  • The British pound fell 0.5 percent to $1.3196.
  • The MSCI Emerging Markets Currency Index fell 0.3 percent.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries rose five basis points to 2.76 percent.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield climbed less than one basis point to 0.18 percent.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield fell less than one basis point to 1.30 percent.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate fell 2.5 percent to $55.79 a barrel.
  • Gold dropped 1.7 percent to $1,290 an ounce.
  • The Bloomberg Commodity Index fell 0.5 percent.

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