Nasdaq jumps as Wall St pivots back to tech, oil ends off highs
By Stephen Culp NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tech led the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq higher and crude prices extended their rally on Wednesday, as hopes of potential COVID-19 were tempered by spiking coronavirus infections and the looming threat of new lockdowns. The blue-chip Dow was lower
By Stephen Culp
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tech led the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq higher and crude prices extended their rally on Wednesday, as hopes of potential COVID-19 were tempered by spiking coronavirus infections and the looming threat of new lockdowns.
The blue-chip Dow was lower.
A return to tech-focused market leaders, which thrived during COVID shutdowns but sold off earlier in the week as investors pivoted to economically-sensitive cyclical stocks, put the Nasdaq out front.
"The magnitude of the moves into cyclicals was probably too far too fast for a two-day move," said Joseph Sroka, chief investment officer at NovaPoint in Atlanta. "It's not that there's worries about tech it's that the other sectors have generated more optimism."
The prospect of a return to normal appeared to grow after Pfizer Inc's
"We're on one side of the valley looking at the other side," Sroka added. "And while COVID is still around and hospitalizations are increasing, the idea of a vaccine coming to market allows investors to look across the valley to the recovery in the other side."
The news stoked investors' risk appetite across the board, and sent oil prices, building on two straight sessions of sharp gains, higher.
But that optimism could be waning. The Dow Jones Transportation index <.DJT>, seen by many as a barometer of broader economic health, was sharply lower.
While on Tuesday the yield of benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasuries reached the highest level since March, The U.S. bond market was closed on Wednesday in observance of Veterans' Day.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> fell 97.35 points, or 0.33%, to 29,323.57, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 15.83 points, or 0.45%, to 3,561.36 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 186.34 points, or 1.61%, to 11,740.20.
The momentum of vaccine hopes and encouraging comments from European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde boosted European shares higher for the third straight session, offsetting worries over spiking coronavirus infections.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index <.STOXX> rose 1.08% and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe <.MIWD00000PUS> gained 0.55%.
Emerging market stocks lost 0.19%. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> closed 0.17% higher, while Japan's Nikkei <.N225> rose 1.78%.
Crude oil prices edged higher, extended their rally and building on gains sparked by the notion of reviving demand and a steeper-than-expected decline in U.S. inventories.
The dollar gained ground against a basket of currencies and the safe-haven yen weakened on hopes that a medical solution to the pandemic could spark economic growth.
The dollar index <.DXY> rose 0.33%, with the euro
The Japanese yen weakened 0.15% versus the greenback at 105.49 per dollar, while Sterling
Gold prices slid, hurt by a stronger dollar and increased risk appetite which drew investors away from the safe-haven metal.
(Reporting by Stephen Culp; additional reporting by Tom Wilson; Editing by Nick Zieminski)
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