US markets regaining equilibrium from their biggest retreat in 11 weeks

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May 14, 2021 5:41 PM

S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 contracts signaled a market recovery was gaining momentum, after a bruising week that saw gathering price pressures hit equities.

stock market, U.S. equity, S&P 500, Nasdaq 100, inflation,The focus is on the benefits of an economic rebound overriding worry about the negative side-effect of inflation, for now.

Bloomberg: U.S. equity futures rose with stocks as more-tempered commodity prices helped allay concerns about inflation risks. Treasuries advanced.

S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 contracts signaled a market recovery was gaining momentum, after a bruising week that saw gathering price pressures hit equities. The advance in European stocks was led by banks, while miners fell amid a retreat in some metal prices. MSCI Inc.’s Asia-Pacific share gauge advanced more than 1%.

Markets appear to be regaining their equilibrium at the end of their biggest retreat in 11 weeks, with the focus of the benefits of an economic rebound overriding worry about the negative side-effect of inflation, for now.

That may help to reinvigorate the reflation narrative of picking value shares tied to economic growth over pandemic stay-at-home favorites. Walt Disney Co. fell 4.2% in U.S. premarket trading after results that showed a faltering in growth at streaming service Disney+.

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“Stocks with more attractive valuations and slower growth will do well in a higher-interest rate environment,” according to Louise Dudley, global equities portfolio manager at the international business of Federated Hermes. Expensive growth stocks, by contrast, “are sensitive to higher interest rates,” she wrote in a note to clients.

Treasuries recovered from the prior session’s weakness, as the 10-year yield shaved two basis points to 1.63%. The dollar weakened.

Iron ore continued its fall from a record amid efforts by China to clamp down on surging prices, with the metal set for the biggest two-day plunge since 2019. Oil erased an earlier decline, paring its weekly loss.

Bitcoin traded above $50,000, reversing some of its slump on Tesla Inc.’s decision to suspend purchases using the digital currency.

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These are some of the main moves in markets:

Stocks

Futures on the S&P 500 Index increased 0.6% as of 7:49 a.m. New York time.
The Stoxx Europe 600 Index advanced 0.6%.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index surged 1.3%.
The MSCI Emerging Market Index jumped 0.7%.

Currencies

The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.3%.
The euro gained 0.4% to $1.2125.
The British pound increased 0.2% to $1.4085.
The onshore yuan strengthened 0.2% to 6.436 per dollar.
The Japanese yen strengthened 0.2% to 109.28 per dollar.

Bonds

The yield on 10-year Treasuries fell two basis points to 1.64%.
The yield on two-year Treasuries decreased less than one basis point to 0.15%.
Germany’s 10-year yield declined one basis point to -0.13%.
Japan’s 10-year yield dipped one basis point to 0.089%.
Britain’s 10-year yield decreased three basis points to 0.866%.

Commodities

West Texas Intermediate crude increased 1.1% to $64.54 a barrel.
Brent crude climbed 1.2% to $67.86 a barrel.
Gold strengthened 0.5% to $1,836.10 an ounce.

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