By Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Vildana Hajric, Claire Ballentine · BUSINESS, US-GLOBAL-MARKETS
The S&P 500 advanced for the first time in three days, with Chevron and Exxon Mobil among the top gainers. Shares rebounded after falling 6% over the past two days. Consumer discretionary stocks weighed on the benchmark after jobless claims doubled to 6.6 million.
West Texas crude gained 22% after Trump said he expects the two countries to cut output following a conversation with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman on Thursday. But oil came off its highs after officials from both sides watered down expectations. The commodity is still down around 60% for the year.
After enduring their worst quarter since 2008, stocks are struggling for traction as companies move to slash dividends and more U.S. states enact severe restrictions on movement to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Initial jobless claims Thursday that showed record high numbers emphasized the uncertainties surrounding the economic toll. However, rebounding oil prices could help damp the impact by buoying a beaten up sector of the economy.
"The reality is, there's no amount of stimulus to spur demand growth until the population is back outside of their homes interacting with society," said Jeff Klingelhofer, co-head of investments and portfolio manager at Thornburg Investment Management, which has about $37 billion in assets. "I think that we're in for a period of high volatility for quite some time to come."
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These are the main moves in markets:
- The S&P 500 Index rose 2.3% as of 4 p.m. New York time.
- The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 1.7%.
- The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 0.4%.
- The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.6%.
- The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index climbed 0.5%.
- The euro declined 1%, to $1.0852.
- The British pound rose 0.2%, to $1.2399.
- The Japanese yen fell 0.7%, to 107.92 per dollar.
- The yield on 10-year Treasuries increased three basis points, to 0.61%.
- Germany's 10-year yield rose three basis points, to -0.43%.
- Britain's 10-year yield climbed two basis points, to 0.33%.
- Gold rose 3.1%, to $1,640.80 an ounce.
- West Texas Intermediate crude increased 22%, to $24.72 a barrel.