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Stocks Surge Higher as Nasdaq 100 Rally Tops 2%: Markets Wrap

Stocks Surge Higher as Nasdaq 100 Rally Tops 2%: Markets Wrap
Stock market information displayed on a TV at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, US, on Wednesday, 15 June 2022. (Photo: Michael Nagle / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

US stocks extended gains as investors assessed the outlook for earnings amid speculation disappointments may be already priced into markets.

The S&P 500 climbed, jumping more than 1.5% with all 11 industry groups rising. The broad rally was mirrored in the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100, up more than 2%, as megacaps Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc. bounced back from Monday’s losses ahead of Netflix Inc.’s earnings due later today. Johnson & Johnson gained even as it lowered its earnings and revenue forecast for the year.

The dollar fell against its Group-of-10 peers. Treasuries traded lower, with the long-end underperforming and the 10-year yield rising back above 3%.

With the potential for earnings disappointments baked into markets, any upside surprises may lead to outsized gains. Investors remain on high alert for signs that high inflation and monetary tightening are squeezing consumers and employment, and allocation to stocks plunged to levels last seen in October 2008, according to the latest Bank of America Corp.’s monthly fund manager survey.

“Earnings-vulnerability was strongly flagged in the run-up to the Q2 season, but this also seems to have lowered the bar, with some of the early reporting having been characterized as ‘better than feared,”’ said Ulrich Urbahn, head of multi-asset strategy and research at Berenberg.

On the earnings front, Hasbro Inc., the largest US toy company, gained after earnings beat analyst estimates, while Lockheed Martin Corp. slipped after the defense contractor cut its forecast. International Business Machines Corp. also fell as the tech company lowered its forecasts for free cash flow.

Meanwhile, the euro rose to its highest level in about two weeks after Bloomberg News reported the European Central Bank may consider raising interest rates on Thursday by double the quarter-point outlined previously to counter worsening inflation.

Markets are pricing in about 38 basis points of tightening on Thursday, when the ECB is expected to raise rates for the first time in more than a decade. That reflects about a 50/50 chance of a 50-basis point increase. An outsized hike would put the ECB more in line with global peers moving up their policy rates at warp speed.

The ECB is under pressure to subdue inflation, but the potential for a Russian gas shutdown could plunge Europe into recession. The European Union is preparing to tell members to cut gas consumption “immediately” to preserve supplies for winter, according to a report.

Oil slid, with West Texas Intermediate crude falling to about $100 a barrel, after posting the biggest one-day advance since May.

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Key events to watch this week:

  • Earnings this week include Netflix, Tesla
  • US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visits South Korea. Tuesday
  • Reserve Bank of Australia releases July minutes. Tuesday
  • UK Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi and Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey speak at event. Tuesday
  • Bloomberg Crypto Summit in New York. Tuesday
  • Bank of Japan, European Central Bank rate decisions. Thursday
  • Nord Stream 1 pipeline scheduled to reopen following maintenance. Thursday

Some of the main moves in markets:

Stocks

  • The S&P 500 rose 1.9% as of 11:06 a.m. New York time
  • The Nasdaq 100 rose 2.2%
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.7%
  • The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 1.5%
  • The MSCI World index rose 1.6%

Currencies

  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.6%
  • The euro rose 1% to $1.0247
  • The British pound rose 0.7% to $1.2036
  • The Japanese yen rose 0.3% to 137.79 per dollar

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries advanced two basis points to 3.01%
  • Germany’s 10-year yield advanced six basis points to 1.28%
  • Britain’s 10-year yield advanced four basis points to 2.20%

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.6% to $102.01 a barrel
  • Gold futures were little changed
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