After a recent pullback, US stocks are up 2%
Following a recent selloff, global market indices rose dramatically on Tuesday, with major U.S. stock indexes each closing the day up more than 2%, while the Japanese yen sank to its lowest level since October 1998 against the US dollar. As investors returned from a long weekend, Wall Street gained, with buyers snapping up shares of megacap growth and energy businesses hammered by global economic concerns last week.
With the rise in oil prices, energy stocks have risen as well. Summer fuel demand drove up oil prices. “You’ve pushed the ball under the water deep enough now that we’re getting a bounce,” said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Investment Management in Chicago, after back-to-back weeks of 5% drops. However, according to Nolte, “Interest rates are continuing to rise. The price of oil continues to rise.” Investors have been on edge due to expectations of interest rate hikes from major central banks and concerns about a worldwide recession. To confront high inflation, central banks are expected to tighten policy.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 641.47 points, or 2.15 percent, to 30,530.25; the S&P 500 increased by 89.95 points, or 2.45 percent, to 3,764.79; and the NASDAQ Composite increased by 270.95 points, or 2.51 percent, to 11,069.30. The pan-European STOXX 600 index increased 0.35 percent, while MSCI’s global stock index increased 1.83 percent.
The risk-off mindset that dragged on US markets last week has subsided, resulting in higher Treasury yields. Benchmark 10-year rates were at 3.305 percent, up from the previous week’s finish of 3.239 percent. For signals on rates, all eyes are on Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s hearing to the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday. Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) now believes there is a 30% risk that the US economy would enter a recession in the coming year, up from its previous estimate of 15%.
In the foreign exchange market, the Japanese yen fell to 136.330 per dollar against the US dollar. Fumio Kishida, Japan’s prime minister, said the central bank should keep its current ultra-loose monetary policy. This distinguishes it from other major central banks. Brent crude futures increased by 52 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $114.65 a barrel. The July West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude contract in the United States ended on Tuesday, finishing at $110.65, up $1.09, or 1%. At $109.52, the more active August contract was up $1.53. Gold fell 0.3 percent to $1,832.27 an ounce on the spot market.