(Bloomberg) — Stocks approached their all-time highs, led by technology companies. Treasuries climbed, while the dollar barely moved.
The S&P 500 extended its advance into a third day, but gains paled in comparison to the previous sessions. Giants Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. rallied, while companies closely tied to a broader reopening of businesses underperformed. Earlier Thursday, equities fell on news that multiple prominent websites were inaccessible to some users.
Rising earnings expectations have tempered worries over peaking economic growth and the spread of the delta coronavirus variant that roiled markets at the start of the week. Data showed sales of previously owned U.S. homes rose for the first time in five months, while jobless claims unexpectedly climbed.
“There’s going to be some choppiness in the market in the second half of the year, but we think it’s going to trend higher,” said Victoria Fernandez, chief market strategist at Crossmark Global Investments. “We have so much liquidity in the market right now, you have companies with a tremendous amount of cash on their balance sheets, you have rates at tremendous lows. There’s all these positive things that are happening that underlie the growth potential for the economy going forward.”
Among the corporate highlights, Union Pacific Corp., the largest publicly traded railroad, climbed as profit topped analysts’ projections. AT&T Inc. rose after beating Wall Street estimates, while D.R. Horton Inc. sank on an unexpected plunge in new home orders.
As earnings continue to roll in, American stocks are regaining a leadership position in world markets. The ratio between the S&P 500 and an S&P Global gauge of shares listed outside the U.S. shows as much. After falling as much as 10.4% between September and February, the ratio rallied to a record on July 9 and again on Tuesday.
These are some of the main moves in markets:
The S&P 500 rose 0.2% as of 2:19 p.m. New York timeThe Nasdaq 100 rose 0.6%The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.2%The MSCI World index rose 0.4%The Russell 2000 Index fell 1.1%
The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changedThe euro fell 0.2% to $1.1769The British pound rose 0.5% to $1.3776The Japanese yen rose 0.1% to 110.17 per dollar
The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined three basis points to 1.26%Germany’s 10-year yield declined three basis points to -0.43%Britain’s 10-year yield declined four basis points to 0.57%
West Texas Intermediate crude rose 1.9% to $71.67 a barrelGold futures rose 0.2% to $1,811.70 an ounce
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