12:48pm: Dow, Nasdaq headed in opposite directions
The Dow was up 605 points, 1.9%, at 32,101 at midday, and the S&P 500 picked up 36 points, almost 1%, to 3,878 points. The Nasdaq, meanwhile, fell 57 points, 0.5%, to 12,861.
“After a choppy start it looks like markets have rediscovered the spirit that pushed them higher on Friday, and aside from some continuing skittishness for tech stocks it is turning into a good day for equities,” IG Chief Market Analyst Chris Beauchamp wrote Monday. “Concerns about the US stimulus programme and hints from the progressive end of the Democrat caucus regarding voting against the bill have been brushed aside, as the reflation/cyclical recovery trade gets moving once again.”
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) is among the day’s biggest gainers, as its shares improved more than 5% to $200.33 after the state of California pared back coronavirus restrictions, allowing Disneyland to reopen at limited capacity on April 1, according to CNBC.
10.20am: Proactive North America headlines:
QC Copper and Gold Inc (CVE:QCCU) (OTCMKTS:QCCUF) updates on Opemiska drill progress and names new independent director
AIM ImmunoTech Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:AIM) doses first healthy subject in intranasal Ampligen coronavirus study
Alpine 4 Technologies Inc (OTCQB:ALPP) says subsidiaries Deluxe Sheet Metal and Morris Sheet Metal merging to become one of the largest Midwest sheet metal contractors
Cloud Nine Education Ltd (CSE:CNI) (OTCMKTS:CLGUF) launches new Education Technology Platform
Empower Clinics Inc (CSE:CBDT) (OTCQB:EPWCF) (FRA:8EC) says KAI LAB annual run rate now tops C$10M; plans to order 50,000 additional coronavirus tests
Orogen Royalties Inc (CVE:OGN) (OTCMKTS:EMRRF) (FRA:5EV) to option Ecru gold project in Nevada to Australia’s first all-female-led resources company, Moneghetti Minerals
Benchmark Metals Inc (CVE:BNCH) (OTCQB:CYRTF) (FRA:87CA)says latest Cliff Creek drill results bode well for upcoming resource estimate
KULR Technology Group Inc (OTCQB:KULR) announces new president and COO
CytoDyn Inc (OTCQB:CYDY) says Phase III trial shows safety, mortality reduction, and faster hospital discharge for COVID-19 patients treated with leronlimab
9.40am: US stocks start mixed
The main indices on Wall Street got off to a mixed start on Monday morning as concerns over bond yields and inflation pressured stocks.
Shortly after the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.35% at 31,607, while the S&P 500 was down 0.06% at 3,839 and the Nasdaq dropped 0.75%.
Optimism over the recently passed US stimulus bill has been partially stymied by a rise in yields for US Treasuries, as investors fret over a possible rise in interest rates from central banks as the global economy recovers from the pandemic.
Others, meanwhile, will be eyeing inflation figures as more dollars are pumped into the economy, which could worsen the impact on equities.
7:50am: Wall Street to start mostly lower
After Friday’s euphoria in the US, Monday brings the comedown, as it often does.
Although the Dow Jones Industrial Average is expected to nudge 14 points higher to 31,510 the S&P 500 is expected to give back more than a quarter of Friday’s gains, opening 20 points lower at 3,842 while the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 is staring at a 170 point slide to 12,499 when trading starts.
Rising bond yields and inflation fears are making US investors nervous.
“The reason why equities respond negatively to interest rates is because it pushes up the cost of capital,” explained Peter Garnry, the head of Equity Strategy at Saxo Group.
“Some of it is offset by rising growth expectations as rising interest rates do have a link to rising growth expectations. The overall impact is negative from rising interest rates and if inflation accelerates and stays above 3% for an extended time, the overall effect on equity returns gets increasingly worse. As a result, investors today do have to think hard about how the equity portfolio stands against inflation and how sensitive the portfolio is to rising interest rates,” Garnry suggested.
There is not much news on the macroeconomic front for US traders to get excited about and thus far not much in the way of corporate news flow, other than DuPont agreeing to buy Laird Performance Materials from private-equity outfit Advent International for a cool US$2.3bn in cash.
Four things to watch for on Monday:
- The week for the earnings diary will start with numbers from ContextLogic Inc (NASDAQ:WISH), the owner of e-commerce platform Wish, as well as personal styling services firm Stitch Fix Inc (NASDAQ:SFIX) and convenience store chain Casey’s General Stores Inc (NASDAQ:CASY)
- Shares in insurance firm Athene Holding Ltd (NYSE:ATH) will also be in focus following news it has agreed to a US$11bn takeover deal with private equity firm Apollo Global Management
- Oil prices may also get a look in as an attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia has helped pushed crude prices to just under US$70 a barrel
- On the macro front, the diary is relatively thin although some investors will be keeping an eye on US consumer inflation expectations for February
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