After a tumultuous week in which the benchmark S&P 500 came near to confirming a dismal market milestone on worries about economic growth and inflation, investors bought beaten-down banks and Apple shares on Monday, stock indices in the United States rose. Financials and energy both rose 3.8 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively, among the 11 major S&P sectors.
“There’s some optimism that there has been an overpricing of negativity into the earnings potential for banks over the course of the next couple of quarters.” Battered growth stocks Alphabet Inc, Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp rose between 2.4% and 2.8%, providing the biggest boost to the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq.
After dropping 16.7% so far this year, banks gained 6.1 percent. JPMorgan Chase & Co’s stock soared 7.7% after the largest U.S. lender by assets raised its net interest income forecast for 2022 and reaffirmed its profitability target. “Banks are in oversold conditions. They tend to be very economically sensitive and with the data so far, they are actually holding up,” said Jeff Schulze, investment strategist at ClearBridge Investments.
Wall Street’s main indexes deepened year-to-date losses last week as dismal forecasts from Walmart Inc and other retailers added to worries about surging inflation and its impact on consumers and economic growth. The benchmark S&P 500 fell over 20% from its Jan. 3 record closing high at one point on Friday, pushing it to the brink of confirming a bear market. The index is now down 17.9% from its all-time closing peak.
The Federal Reserve’s May meeting minutes, due on Wednesday, will be closely parsed for signs on how aggressively the U.S. central bank is planning to raise interest rates. Money markets are pricing in 50-basis point rate hikes by the Fed in June and July. At 11:53 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 672.35 points, or 2.15%, at 31,934.25, the S&P 500 was up 68.12 points, or 1.75%, at 3,969.48.
“Today is a bounce from oversold conditions over the last couple of months. The markets are looking for a tradable bottom here in potentially a bear market rally,” Schulze said. Readings on the second estimate of first-quarter U.S. GDP, PCE price index and durable goods data for April are due this week, likely providing clues on how the world’s largest economy is faring amid decades-high inflation.
The Nasdaq Composite was up 134.50 points, or 1.18%, at 11,489.11, but still underperformed its peers as Amazon.com shares weighed. Cloud service provider VMware Inc surged 20.7% after reports over the weekend said chipmaker Broadcom Inc was in talks to acquire the company.
Broadcom fell 2.6%. U.S.-listed shares of Didi Global added 1.3% after a majority of the Chinese ride-hailing giant’s shareholders voted in favor of its plan to delist from the New York Stock Exchange. Advancing issues outnumbered decliners for a 3.00-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and a 1.56-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq. The S&P index recorded one new 52-week high and 31 new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 22 new highs and 110 new lows.
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