US Stocks rise amid gains in cyclicals while technology stocks fall

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Updated: November 24, 2021 4:53 PM

Despite recent declines, U.S. stocks have been trading near records, giving rise to concerns about valuations as investors weigh prospects for growth amid rising inflation and a persistent pandemic.

U.S. shares, inflation, technology, stocks, valuations, investors, cyclicals,U.S. shares rose on the back of gains in cyclicals, while the technology sector extended losses as rising Treasury yields damped the outlook for growth stocks.

Bloomberg: U.S. shares rose on the back of gains in cyclicals, while the technology sector extended losses as rising Treasury yields damped the outlook for growth stocks.

The S&P 500 ended the day higher, after swinging between gains and losses in the last hour of trading. Energy and financial stocks led the advance. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 slid, building on Monday’s last-hour selloff. The Treasury curve steepened, with the 10-year yield rising to a one-month high. A currency crisis deepened in Turkey, with the lira weakening past 13 per U.S. dollar. Zoom Video Communications Inc. tumbled on signs of slowing growth.

Traders pruned bets for a dovish-for-longer Federal Reserve after Jerome Powell was selected for a second term. The chair himself sought to strike a balance in his policy approach, saying the central bank would use tools at its disposal to support the economy as well as to prevent inflation from becoming entrenched.

“Looking at the market today, obviously things that are sensitive to rates” are moving, Jerry Braakman, chief investment officer of First American Trust in Santa Ana, California, said by phone. “Tech is showing a little bit of weakness, financials are showing strength. That’s reflective of that move in the yield curve.”

Despite recent declines, U.S. stocks have been trading near records, giving rise to concerns about valuations as investors weigh prospects for growth amid rising inflation and a persistent pandemic.

“The market is still overbought and needs to digest some of the recent gains,” Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research, said by phone.

The dollar traded at its highest level since September 2020. The Japanese yen fell past 115 per dollar for the first time since 2017.

Fed Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic said Monday the U.S. central bank may need to speed up the removal of monetary stimulus and allow for an earlier-than-planned increase in interest rates.

Turkey’s lira sank the most in the world, reaching yet another record low, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended his pursuit of lower interest rates to boost economic growth and job creation. His unorthodox view that higher rates fuel inflation has sent the currency down for nine successive years, spurring a 43% plunge in 2021 alone.

Zoom Video dropped as analysts including from Citigroup Inc. said slowing incremental growth and the lowest new-customer additions in three years were concerning. Urban Outfitters Inc. is down 9.4% as supply-chain disruptions and pressure from higher costs weighed on third-quarter results.

Oil climbed as a landmark plan from consumer countries to tap their strategic oil reserves was less severe than markets expected. While the headline size of the U.S. release is large, a significant chunk of the crude will be borrowed — to be returned later — leaving traders expecting tighter balances down the line. The U.S. will release 50 million barrels of crude from its strategic reserves in concert with China, Japan, India and South Korea and the U.K.

Here are some key events this week:

  • Reserve Bank of New Zealand rate decision Wednesday
  • U.S. FOMC minutes, consumer income, wholesale inventories, new home sales, GDP, initial jobless claims, U.S. durable goods, University of Michigan consumer sentiment. All Wednesday
  • Bank of Korea policy decision Thursday
  • U.S. Thanksgiving Day: U.S. equity, bond markets closed Thursday
  • Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey speaks with Mohamed El Erian at a Cambridge Union event. Thursday

Some of the main moves in markets:

Stocks

The S&P 500 rose 0.2% as of 4 p.m. New York time
The Nasdaq 100 fell 0.5%
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5%
The MSCI World index fell 0.2%

Currencies

The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed
The euro rose 0.1% to $1.1249
The British pound fell 0.1% to $1.3380
The Japanese yen fell 0.2% to 115.15 per dollar

Bonds

The yield on 10-year Treasuries advanced six basis points to 1.68%
Germany’s 10-year yield advanced eight basis points to -0.22%
Britain’s 10-year yield advanced six basis points to 1.00%

Commodities

West Texas Intermediate crude rose 2.6% to $78.74 a barrel
Gold futures fell 0.8% to $1,794.50 an ounce

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