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Stocks climb on Powell’s reassurance
EconApr 09. 2021A Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange as snow falls in New York on Feb. 1, 2021. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Jeenah Moon.
By Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Rita Nazareth
Stocks climbed as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank has the tools to curb any inflation pressures, which are expected to be temporary as the economy reopens.
The S&P 500 notched another record amid thin trading volume. The Nasdaq 100 outperformed major equity benchmarks as giants such as Apple Inc. and Tesla Inc. rallied. Energy producers and banks retreated. Treasuries rose, while the dollar fell.
One day after the Fed’s March minutes struck a dovish tone for the path of monetary policy, Powell said the central bank would react if inflation expectations start “moving persistently and materially above levels we’re comfortable with.” He also noted that disparate efforts to vaccinate people globally is a risk to progress for the economic rebound, which remains “uneven and incomplete.”
“The doves are in control, and today’s cautious comments from Fed Chair Powell delivered another reiteration of their ultra-accommodative stance,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda in New York.
Meanwhile, Fed Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said it’s too soon for central bankers to discuss tapering asset purchases as long as the pandemic continues. Data Thursday showed applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance unexpectedly rose for a second week, underscoring the choppy nature of the labor-market recovery.
These are some of the main moves in markets:
– The S&P 500 rose 0.4% at 4 p.m. EDT.
– The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed 0.6%.
– The MSCI Asia Pacific Index gained 0.3%.
– The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index decreased 0.4%.
– The euro advanced 0.4% to $1.1914.
– The Japanese yen appreciated 0.5% to 109.31 per dollar.
– The yield on two-year Treasurys fell one basis point to 0.15%.
– The yield on 10-year Treasurys slid five basis points to 1.62%.
– The yield on 30-year Treasurys fell five basis points to 2.31%.
– West Texas Intermediate crude settled at $59.60 a barrel.
– Gold rose 1% to $1,755.79 an ounce.