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Stocks climb as dip buyers emerge after sell-off

Sep 23. 2020
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By Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Rita Nazareth, Vildana Hajric · BUSINESS 

Stocks climbed as dip buyers emerged after the market sell-off, tempering concern over remarks from Federal Reserve officials that pointed to a slow economic recovery. The dollar rose.

Most groups in the S&P 500 advanced, with retailers and tech companies among the biggest gainers. The Nasdaq 100 notched a back-to-back rally, while the Dow Jones industrial average underperformed amid a drop in banks. Equities fell earlier Tuesday as Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the economy has a long way to go before fully recovering and will need further support. Meanwhile, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans noted that rates could rise before the inflation target is reached.

American stocks are still heading toward their first monthly slide since March on concern Congress hasn't agreed on another fiscal stimulus package, while an increase in global virus cases has raised the specter of more lockdowns. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new restrictions that are likely to last six months and told people to work from home if possible, saying the country is at a "perilous turning point" for the virus.

"We think equities will move higher over the medium term, thanks to the likely development of a successful vaccine, an end to election uncertainty, the passage of new U.S. fiscal stimulus, and continued extraordinary global monetary support," wrote Mark Haefele, chief investment officer of global wealth management at UBS Group AG. "However, the path to 'more normal' is likely to be bumpy," he said, adding that "we therefore expect volatility to persist over the balance of the year."

These are some of the main moves in markets:

Stocks

--The S&P 500 advanced 1.1% as of 4 p.m. EDT.

--The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 0.2%.

--The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.8%.

Currencies

--The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index climbed 0.5%.

--The euro decreased 0.5% to $1.1708.

--The Japanese yen depreciated 0.3% to 104.98 per dollar.

Bonds

--The yield on 10-year Treasurys advanced one basis point to 0.67%.

--Germany's 10-year yield advanced three basis points to -0.51%.

--Britain's 10-year yield gained five basis points to 0.203%.

Commodities

--West Texas Intermediate crude advanced 0.7% to $39.60 a barrel.

--Gold depreciated 0.5% to $1,902.20 an ounce.

 

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