- Moving the markets
The S&P 500 managed to find some footing, after a mid-day gag caused by surging bond yields, and scored another record close, powered by blowout earnings from the tech sector, namely Apple and Facebook. Despite their solid performances, the Nasdaq lagged the other two major indexes for the day by a wide margin.
On the economic front, we learned that 1st quarter GDP was reported at “only 6.4%,” which missed expectations of 6.6% but, is an improvement to the Q4 number of 4.3% The question that ZeroHedge posted “Is this all the growth that $2 trillion in stimulus can buy?” remains a valid one, and it casts doubt on the effects of future reckless money printing in terms what it can really accomplish.
Pending Home Sales disappointed due to low inventory, while last week’s Initial Jobless Claims totaled 553k, just a tad worse than the 528k estimated by Dow Jones.
Crowd favorites Uber and Lyft were manhandled today and got battered after Biden’s plan to make gig workers employees. Bond yields rode the roller coaster by popping and dropping as Bloomberg shows in this chart. The US Dollar roundtripped as well, sold off into the close but managed to eke out a gain. Gold followed suit but ended the session flat.
While uncertainty played havoc with the markets intraday, in the end, the bulls managed to keep the upper hand when it counted most, namely at the close.Read More