Wall Street bounces after Monday's selloff as Fed boosts liquidity

By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 rose 6% on Tuesday, a day after its steepest decline since the 1987 crash, as the Federal Reserve took further steps to boost liquidity and stem damage from the coronavirus outbreak that has gripped the global economy. The central bank relaunched a financial crisis-era purchase of short-term corporate debt in the hope that companies are able to continue paying workers and buying supplies through the pandemic. Tuesday's move to buy back commercial paper followed several emergency measures taken by the U.S

Reuters March 18, 2020 03:06:57 IST
Wall Street bounces after Monday's selloff as Fed boosts liquidity

Wall Street bounces after Mondays selloff as Fed boosts liquidity

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 rose 6% on Tuesday, a day after its steepest decline since the 1987 crash, as the Federal Reserve took further steps to boost liquidity and stem damage from the coronavirus outbreak that has gripped the global economy.

The central bank relaunched a financial crisis-era purchase of short-term corporate debt in the hope that companies are able to continue paying workers and buying supplies through the pandemic.

Tuesday's move to buy back commercial paper followed several emergency measures taken by the U.S. central bank on Sunday, including slashing interest rates to near zero.

But with the day's bounce, the market has retraced only part of its recent losses. The S&P 500, which fell 12% on Monday, is still down roughly 25% from its Feb. 19 record closing high, and many market-watchers see more volatility ahead.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 1,048.86 points, or 5.2%, to 21,237.38, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 143.06 points, or 6.00%, to 2,529.19 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 430.19 points, or 6.23%, to 7,334.78.

Investors "like that the Fed is willing to step in here and willing to step in big ... That's an important message that they're sending to market participants," said Tracie McMillion, head of global asset allocation strategy at Wells Fargo Investment Institute in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

(Additional reporting by Medha Singh and Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Matthew Lewis)

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