Stocks Climb to Session Highs as Tech Regains Mojo: Markets Wrap


(Bloomberg) — US stocks extended gains as risk sentiment improved in the wake of a strong rally sparked by soft inflation readings. The dollar fell, heading for a fourth week of losses.

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The S&P 500 rose to session highs in afternoon trading. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 outperformed, rising 1.5%. Cash Treasury trading is closed for Veterans Day.

Meanwhile, cryptocurrencies resumed a selloff amid FTX’s deepening woes with Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto empire filing for bankruptcy.

Elsewhere, US-listed Chinese stocks higher rose and commodities from oil to soybeans to precious metals jumped after China eased some Covid restrictions.

US stocks soared the most since 2020 on Thursday after a better-than-forecast cooling in US inflation improved the prospects of a dovish tilt by the Federal Reserve. On Friday, the University of Michigan’s preliminary November survey showed US consumer inflation expectations increased in the short and long run while sentiment retreated.

“The moderation in the pace of inflation is a welcome development, while it is still far too early to declare the inflation threat over,” Mark Haefele, chief investment officer at UBS Global Wealth Management, wrote. “We still think the Fed is likely to raise at least another 100 basis points in total before it pauses the rate hiking cycle. Meanwhile, the cumulative impact of prior rate rises will continue to weigh on economic growth and corporate profits.”

The dollar slumped 1% on Friday, heading for a fourth successive week of losses. It is also the biggest weekly drop since the pandemic-fueled volatility in March 2020.

Bitcoin dropped as much as 8% to $16,376 and Ether fell as much as 9.2%. FTX.com’s bankruptcy filing capped a swift reversal of fortune for the crypto exchange led by Bankman-Fried.

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Pinduoduo Inc. and JD.com Inc. jumped in US trading amid growing optimism Beijing is on its way to ending the crippling Covid Zero policy. China reduced the amount of time travelers and close contacts must spend in quarantine.

Some of the main moves in markets:

Stocks

  • The S&P 500 rose 0.7% as of 1:25 p.m. New York time

  • The Nasdaq 100 rose 1.5%

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.2%

  • The MSCI World index rose 1.7%

Currencies

  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 1.3%

  • The euro rose 1.3% to $1.0345

  • The British pound rose 0.9% to $1.1821

  • The Japanese yen rose 1.6% to 138.67 per dollar

Cryptocurrencies

  • Bitcoin fell 4.9% to $16,940.63

  • Ether fell 3.4% to $1,276.99

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries was little changed at 3.81%

  • Germany’s 10-year yield advanced 15 basis points to 2.16%

  • Britain’s 10-year yield advanced seven basis points to 3.36%

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude rose 2.2% to $88.35 a barrel

  • Gold futures rose 0.8% to $1,768.30 an ounce

This story was produced with the assistance of Bloomberg Automation.

–With assistance from Georgina Mckay, Masaki Kondo, Tassia Sipahutar, Farah Elbahrawy and Srinivasan Sivabalan.

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