The S&P 500 turned lower after Bloomberg News reported that for those earning $1 million or more, the new top rate, coupled with an existing surtax on investment income, means that federal tax rates for rich investors could be as high as 43.4%. Speculation arose that some traders could sell shares before any change was made to capture the lower rate. Equities whipsawed throughout the session amid mixed economic data and renewed concern the pandemic was worsening.
All major groups in the S&P 500 fell, led by material, energy and tech shares. AT&T Inc. rallied after beating profit estimates. Data showed sales of previously owned U.S. homes slid in March to a seven-month low, while jobless claims posted an unexpected decline last week.
"Sticker shock over some of these tax figures will be hard to shake off for some investors," Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda, wrote in a note. "Some traders are looking for an excuse to lock in profits and they might choose to use this tax story as their catalyst."
A gauge of market breadth suggests investor concerns remain. The percentage of Russell 2000 members trading above their 50-day moving average fell below 40%, compared to about 80% for the large-cap S&P 500, a smidgen off a record gap, according to data compiled by Bloomberg going back to 1995. It's too early to tell whether this can morph into something larger, but previous instances have led to subsequent pressure on U.S. stocks, wrote Sundial Capital Research founder Jason Goepfert in a note to clients.
Elsewhere, Bitcoin declined for the sixth time in seven days, extending losses after the higher capital gains proposal was revealed. Investors already face a capital-gains tax if they hold the cryptocurrency for more than a year.
Here are some key events to watch this week:
- U.S. releases new home sales data Friday.
These are some of the main moves in markets:
- The S&P 500 fell 0.9% at 4 p.m. EDT.
- The Stoxx Europe 600 Index advanced 0.7%.
- The MSCI All-Country World Index declined 0.2%.
- The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index gained 0.2%.
- The euro fell 0.2% to $1.2012.
- The Japanese yen was little changed at 108.03 per dollar.
- The yield on 10-year Treasurys fell one basis point to 1.55%.
- Germany's 10-year yield climbed one basis point to -0.25%.
- Britain's 10-year yield was unchanged at 0.74%.
- West Texas Intermediate crude advanced 0.5% to $61.65 a barrel.
- Gold fell 0.5% to $1,783.60 an ounce.
Published : April 22, 2021
By : Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Kamaron Leach, Vildana Hajric