U.S. stocks rallied Tuesday off their worst week since the March 2020, offering investors a reprieve from a recent stretch of whipsaw trading that had sent stocks and cryptocurrencies falling.
The S&P 500 gained 2.6% Tuesday, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.9%, about 600 points. The Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 3.2%. The U.S. stock market was closed Monday for the Juneteenth federal holiday.
Bitcoin rose alongside other cryptocurrencies, continuing to claw back recent losses after a bruising weekend. Bitcoin recently traded at about $21,488, up 5% from its 5 p.m. ET value Monday, and about 22% higher from a recent low of $17,601.58 reached Saturday, according to CoinDesk data.
Investors’ appetite for riskier assets on Tuesday follows a tumultuous week in the markets, sparked by the Federal Reserve’s approval of a 0.75-percentage-point interest-rate increase, the largest since 1994. Investors scrambled to unload riskier assets amid growing fears that central bankers will plunge the U.S. economy into a recession. The benchmark S&P 500 finished the week 5.8% lower, its largest one-week decline in more than two years. Meanwhile, investors await further commentary from Federal Reserve Chair Powell as he testifies before Congress on both Wednesday and Thursday.
Investors and analysts say they expect more pain ahead in the markets, though some are still willing to wade in and buy stocks at a discount after a selloff that has dragged the S&P 500 down 23% this year. Many pointed to Tuesday’s recovery as a bounce off last week’s drawdown.
“This still feels like a bit of a dead-cat bounce,” said
global macro strategist at Vanda Research, referring to a term used to describe a brief market rally. He said investors’ willingness last week to dump shares of winning sectors this year, including energy and utilities stocks, might be a signal that this year’s drawdown has entered into its latter stages. Still, he said, he believes the selloff “still has legs to go.”
Tuesday’s bullish mood came alongside a selloff in U.S. government bonds, sending the yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury note higher. The yield on the benchmark note traded at 3.278%, up from 3.238% Friday. Yields and bond prices move in opposite directions.
Government leaders and officials in recent days have tried to assuage an increasingly jittery nation that an economic slowdown isn’t guaranteed as central bankers work to tame decades-high inflation. President Biden on Monday said he spoke with
a former Treasury secretary, and reiterated that he doesn’t see a recession as inevitable. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President
also said the economy appears on track for more expansion this year.
Still, many market watchers are bracing for an economic downturn. In a note Monday, a team of
economists increased their outlook for a U.S. recession, citing concerns that the Fed will feel compelled to respond forcefully to inflation data, even if economic activity slows. The team now sees a 30% probability of entering a recession over the next year, versus 15% previously, and a 25% probability of entering a recession in the second year if one is avoided in the first.
U.S. stock market gains were broad-based, with all 11 of the S&P 500’s sectors rising in the early trading session.
Energy stocks led their peers, rising 5.0% as
snapped two-week losing streaks and bounced 6.2% and 5.5%, respectively.
rose 6.1%, on pace for its largest percent increase since Dec. 4, 2020. Oil and gas stocks were buoyed by a rise in crude oil prices, as West Texas Intermediate rebounded 2.4% to $110.62 a barrel.
Growth stocks, which have been beaten down this year, notched gains after the opening bell. Data and software company Palantir Technologies jumped 7.1%, chip maker Nvidia gained 6.5% and Tesla added 8.6%. Megacap technology companies Amazon.com and
each gained 3.2% and 2.3%, respectively.
shares jumped 3.2% after the opening bell following the company’s announcement that it plans to split itself into three publicly traded businesses.
Investors this week will be monitoring Fed Chairman
testimony before Congress for any further indication about the path of interest rates this year. He is expected to testify Wednesday and Thursday. Data on housing and consumer sentiment are also due.
chief strategist at Principal Global Investors, said investors may see value in companies whose shares have been badly beaten down this year. However, she said, she expects the market to fall further once investors begin to see consistent declines in earnings growth.
“I think what you could see is a [modest] rally through the summer…and as you get into the autumn months and the next earnings season, I think a lot of the economic data is going to start to turn and earnings growth is going to start to turn,” she said. Still, she noted, even now, “sentiment is deteriorating very rapidly.”
Other safe-haven assets retreated Tuesday amid improved investor sentiment. The WSJ Dollar Index, which measures the greenback against a basket of 16 currencies, slipped less than 0.1%. Gold prices fell 0.1% to $1,839.40 a troy ounce.
In commodities, oil prices rose. Brent crude, the international benchmark, rose for a second day, climbing 1.0% to $115.30 a barrel. Last week, oil prices fell amid concerns that a possible recession would weigh on energy demand.
Overseas, the pan-continental Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.5%. In Asia, trading was mixed. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.9% and Japan’s Nikkei 225 gained 1.8%, while China’s Shanghai Composite lost 0.3%.
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