Stocks slip from records as optimism over economic recovery pauses

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 20, 2019 in New York City
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 20, 2019 in New York City

All three major US indexes ended lower to start the week as investors take a breather from the economic recovery-fueled optimism that sent stocks to record highs on Friday.

Wall Street is now awaiting earnings later this week and key inflation data that’s due Tuesday. Economists polled by Reuters expect the consumer price inflation index to jump 2.5% from 1.7% year on year in February. But there’s a risk that the Fed and economists are unprepared for the magnitude of economic growth and inflation, according to Bank of America.

Semiconductor stocks swerved Monday,with Intel and AMD each falling about 4% after Nvidia announced plans to manufacture its own CPU processor. The news sent shares of Nvidia surging by as much as 4%.

Here’s where US indexes stood at the 4:00 p.m. ET close on Monday:

Canaccord Genuity upgraded Tesla to a “buy” rating on Monday, with analyst Jed Dorsheimer explaining that Tesla’s budding energy storage business has long-term potential. Tesla jumped as high as 3.9%.

Veteran investor Danny Moses compared the stock-market boom to the dot-com bubble, underscored the dangers of excessive leverage and liquidity, and called for the Federal Reserve to temper its stimulus efforts in a recent interview. Here are his 16 best quotes.

Bitcoin rose as much as 2.6% to $61,229 as the crypto world prepares for Coinbase’s direct listing on Wednesday. The surge took the coin close to its all-time high of $61,742 reached on March 1.

West Texas Intermediate crude climbed 0.7%, to $59.71 per barrel. Brent crude, oil’s international benchmark, rose 0.5% to $63.30 a barrel.

Gold slipped 0.8%, to $1,731.70 per ounce.

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How to brace your portfolio for a worst-case scenario in the Suez Canal, according to JPMorgan’s chief global markets strategist

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The Ever Given, trapped in the Suez Canal, Egypt, as of Thursday March 25 2021.

  • The massive cargo ship blocking the Suez Canal will send the price of oil skyrocketing, JPMorgan said in a note published Thursday.
  • If not resolved soon, investors can expect shipping rates to soar and energy commodities to further increase.
  • All these risks, however, can be hedged by buying oil, the investment bank said.
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The massive cargo ship blocking the Suez Canal and obstructing one of the world’s busiest waterways will send the prices of oil skyrocketing, JPMorgan said in a note published Thursday.

JPMorgan’s chief global strategist Marko Kolanovic said if this situation is not resolved soon, investors and consumers can expect shipping rates to soar, energy commodities to further increase, and global inflation to continue to rise

All these risks, however, can be hedged by buying oil and associated equities such as energy and shipping, Kolanovic said. The strategist highlighted his long-term positive view on oil and energy stocks and his opinion that a supercycle in energy commodities may be under way.

The vessel, called Ever Given, a nearly 200-foot-wide and 1,300-foot-long cargo ship that is taller than the Eiffel Tower, has been horizontally wedged in the waterway for more than two days, despite ongoing efforts to dislodge it. It was on its way to the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands from China.

Oil prices on Wednesday rose after news of the cargo ship sparked concerns of fuel shortage. West Texas Intermediate crude futures and Brent crude futures surged to their highest since November. The Suez Canal, the second-biggest shipping channel in the world, is a key shipping route for crude and refined products, connecting Europe to Asia.

The incident has captured the news cycle and points to the fragility of the infrastructure that supports global trade.

“Around 10% of global trade shipments pass through the Suez Canal on an annual basis, including crude and refined oil and liquefied natural gas,” Phillip Braun, professor of Finance at Northwestern University, wrote in a note. “This adds one more issue to the global shipping sector on top of the current pandemic.”

Oil analytics firm Vortexa in a tweet on Thursday said: “If flows remain disrupted for more than a few days, some European refiners could run short, particularly of sour crude feedstocks and tighten an otherwise weak physical European market.”

With the blockage, hundreds of cargo ships are now unable to pass through the canal. Many are forced to divert their routes or wait it out, exacerbating the shortages and shipping delays that have already compounded since the pandemic began last year. Companies since then have struggled to keep up with consumers’ demands as Americans locked down at home order goods from Asia.

Major brands such as Nike, Honda, and Samsung at the height of the pandemic have already warned their customers of dwindling supplies, with some halting production of certain products altogether.

In February, oil and natural gas prices have also climbed as the arctic blast that unexpectedly swept through Texas, leaving thousands without power, threw the energy markets in deep turmoil.

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Oil climbs 4% after a grounded container ship blocks key Suez Canal trade route

The tanker is blocking the Suez Canal.

  • Crude oil prices climbed as much as 4% on Wednesday to roughly $60 per barrel, boosted by concern over a supply bottleneck.
  • A container ship is blocking the Suez Canal, which is one of the busiest trade routes in the world.
  • Oil prices have been highly volatile throughout the pandemic and lockdown cycles.
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Oil rose as much as 4% on Wednesday after a huge container ship ran aground and blocked the Suez Canal, a key shipping route for crude and refined products. The blockage raised some concern about fuel supply.

Overall, the price of oil is set to fall for the third consecutive week this week. Another round of lockdowns in Europe could threaten the recovery in demand growth and have undermined some of the recent strength in the oil market.

One of the biggest container ships in the canal ran aground early on Tuesday and is stuck at a right-angle to the passage. Hundreds of cargo ships are now unable to pass through the canal, forcing them to divert their routes. It is unclear when the issue will be resolved. “This could have an impact on movement of oil and consumer goods.” Deutsche Bank strategist Jim Reid said in a daily report.

Throughout the pandemic and subsequent cycles of lockdowns and travel bans, oil prices have been highly volatile. Over the last 12 months, Brent crude oil prices have fluctuated from as little as $16 a barrel to as much as $71. As demand for oil, and therefore its price, is inherently linked to sectors that are impacted heavily by lockdown measures, such as travel, they have been sensitive to the developments of the pandemic. Over the last two weeks, prices have fallen by around 12% and are still on course for a third weekly fall, in spite of Wednesday’s rally.

The price response to the hold-up at the Suez Canal may not reflect expectations for a prolonged improvement in demand, analysts said. The futures market has eliminated a bullish structure known as “backwardation” – where prompt contracts trade at a premium to further-out futures contracts, which reflects bullishness among traders and investors about the demand outlook.

“The reprieve seems temporary, though, as the spot price fall overnight has completely removed the backwardation in the oil futures market for prompt deliveries. With speculative markets still long, it seems, oil is likely to be a sell on rallies until Covid-19 and economic recovery sentiment swings back into the black.” Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA, said.

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Tech stocks continue sharp slump as economic-recovery prospects stoke inflation fears

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  • US stocks declined on Tuesday as expectations for rising inflation dragged on tech mega-caps.
  • Investors rotated further to value stocks and small caps from growth names as stimulus optimism fueled bets on economic recovery.
  • Bitcoin tanked below $49,000 after trading as high as $55,053.91 Monday afternoon as investors snapped up crypto profits.
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US equities broadly fell on Tuesday as positioning for strong economic growth and a pickup in inflation weighed on the tech sector.

Growth favorites faced fresh pressure after the open as investors bet on Biden-backed stimulus to supercharge the US recovery. The increasing likelihood of a stimulus boost has revived concerns of near-term inflation as fiscal support lifts consumer spending. Value stocks and small caps historically outperform momentum names as inflation rises.

Tech mega-caps that fueled the market’s first bounce from pandemic lows saw the most intense selling. The Dow Jones industrial average outperformed amid hopes the economic rebound would revive ailing sectors.

Here’s where US indexes stood shortly after the 9:30 a.m. ET open on Tuesday:

The tech-led decline mirrors the drop seen to start the week. Stocks closed mixed on Monday as inflation concerns pulled cash out of large-cap names and into reopening bets. The Nasdaq composite ended the session down nearly 2.5%, while the Dow rose slightly. 

Falling COVID-19 case counts have also prompted investors to position for a summer recovery. The US reported 52,530 new cases on Monday, according to The COVID Tracking Project. That’s the lowest daily total since mid-October. And while the pace of vaccinations has moderated slightly from last week, the US is still averaging about 1.4 million doses a day.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is expected to ease fears of overwhelming inflation when he testifies to the Senate Banking Committee at 10 a.m. ET. Central bank officials have signaled in recent weeks that, though stimulus may lift inflation soon after its passage, the increase will likely be temporary.

Tesla sank for a second straight day to its lowest level since December. Monday’s losses saw more than $64 billion erased from the automaker’s market cap and led CEO Elon Musk to lose his title as the world’s wealthiest person.

Bitcoin plummeted as investors took profits from the cryptocurrency’s latest run-up. The token hovered just below $49,000 after trading as high as $55,053.91 Monday afternoon. To be sure, prices are still up more than 60% year-to-date.

Spot gold dipped as much as 0.3%, to $1,803.73 per ounce, at intraday lows before erasing most losses. The US dollar strengthened slightly against a basket of Group-of-20 currencies. Treasury yields edged higher as investors dumped the safe havens.

Oil prices pared early gains and tumbled. West Texas Intermediate crude fell as much as 0.72%, to $61.25 per barrel. Brent crude, oil’s international benchmark, dropped 0.35%, to $65.01 per barrel.

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US oil and natural gas prices rise as freezing temperatures leave millions without power in Texas

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Temperatures have plunged in Texas, causing energy prices to spike

US oil and natural gas prices rose on Tuesday, as freezing cold weather battered Texas’s energy infrastructure, leaving millions without power.

WTI crude oil was up 0.52% to $59.77 per barrel as of 6.10am ET. That was just off a more than one-year high of more than $60.80 touched on Monday as plunging temperatures hit Texan oil plants.

Natural gas futures were up 5.8% to $3.079 per million British thermal units on Tuesday, trading at around the highest levels since November.

More than 3 million people have been left without power in Texas and close to 5 million around the US as a whole, according to, as a rare winter storm sweeps the country.

Temperatures fell to 4F (-16C) overnight in Dallas, Texas, and have plunged across Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado and elsewhere.

It has been challenging for Texas’s energy grid, which does not pay generators to keep capacity in reserve. The weather has forced many generators to stop production.

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Wholesale energy prices have skyrocketed, at times above the market cap of $9,000 per megawatt hour, compared to prices of around $25 to $50 per MWh before the winter storms.

The frigid temperatures have hit oil production and natural gas supplies and led to a surge in demand for energy, causing prices to spike.

Heating oil futures – a proxy for diesel – were up 2.58% to $1.817 per gallon on Tuesday morning. Gasoline futures were up 4.11% to $1.7621 a gallon.

Texas is also home to some of the country’s biggest oil refineries, as well as the heart of the shale basin. 

Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at currency firm Oanda, said he thought the US oil market had been due a correction after a surge in prices in recent weeks. But he said the current weather situation “will likely continue to offset that.”

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“Until the weather moderates in the United States… oil is a ‘buy on dips’ in the short-term.”

Brent crude oil, the international benchmark, was down 0.33% to $63.11 a barrel, still around a one-year high.

JPMorgan last week predicted a commodities “supercycle” would take hold in 2021, as economies reopen and drive up production and demand for energy.

The “roaring 20s” will be accompanied by easy monetary and fiscal policy, a weak US dollar and stronger inflation, all supportive for commodity prices, JPMorgan said.

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US stocks set to hit new highs while oil soars as US jobless claims beat expectations and economies show signs of recovery

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Oil prices have jumped, with investors expecting a strong rebound in demand as economies recover.

US stocks were on track to rise to all-time highs Friday at the end of a stellar week in which the S&P 500 had already risen about 4% and was heading for its strongest weekly gain in three months.

Signs the US and other economies are recovering from the latest round of coronavirus restrictions have also boosted oil prices to one-year highs, as the demand outlook brightens.

After the index climbed more than 1% on Thursday, S&P 500 futures inched 0.28% higher on Friday. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose 0.29%, while Nasdaq futures climbed 0.22%.

China’s CSI 300 rose 0.17% overnight, finishing the week in the green, as the strong economic recovery outweighed worries over rising short-term credit costs. Japan’s Nikkei 225 jumped 1.54% on upbeat earnings and stimulus hopes.

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The Europe-wide Stoxx 600 index rose 0.42% in early trading, while the UK’s FTSE 100 climbed 0.11%.

Investors have been pulled in different directions in recent weeks. Hopes that vaccines and stimulus will power a strong recovery in 2021 have clashed with short-term economic pain and a day-trading frenzy that shook markets at the end of January.

But better-than-expected economic data from the US has sparked new optimism that the recovery will be a powerful one.

Figures released Thursday showed that new US unemployment claims fell last week for the third week in a row – to 779,000 – and factory orders rose more than expected in December.

The Bank of England on Thursday cut its short-term growth forecasts because of January’s lockdown. But it said the country’s speedy coronavirus vaccine rollout “should help the UK economy recover rapidly later this year.”

Adding to the general mood of optimism, Democrats in Congress are powering ahead with plans to pass a $1.9 trillion stimulus package without Republican approval.

Investors’ attention Friday will be on the official monthly US employment report, due at 8:30 a.m. ET. Economists at Daiwa expect a modest 50,000 increase in payrolls, following a 140,000 decline in December. Yet they said in a note that recent data suggested the figure could be better than expected.

Oil prices have soared this week as the economic outlook has brightened, with investors betting demand will rise. Brent crude was up 1.12% on Friday morning to $59.66 a barrel, its highest level since last February. Brent has gained more than 7% this week, its largest weekly increase in a month. West Texas Intermediate crude was 1.42% higher at $57.03 a barrel.

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“With inflation sentiment rising in the US, partially due to higher government borrowing, adding a tailwind to the economic recovery, the conditions still remain supportive for oil markets,” said Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst at the currency firm Oanda.

The dollar index slipped back from its highest level since December. It was last down 0.16% to 91.39.

A strong pound, after the Bank of England suggested negative interest rates were not likely anytime soon, added to greenback weakness. The pound was up 0.21% to $1.37 on Friday after jumping Thursday.

US bond yields were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was roughly flat at 1.139% but continued to trade near its highest level since March, reflecting stronger growth and inflation expectations. Yields move inversely to bond prices.

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Dow climbs 345 points as concerns of Reddit-fueled volatility cool

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  • US stocks rose for the second straight session as day-trader volatility eased from last week’s highs.
  • GameStop, AMC Entertainment, and other Reddit darlings fell as retail investors took profits.
  • Alphabet and Amazon are set to influence Wednesday’s action by reporting earnings after the market close.
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US equities gained for the second straight day as the unwinding of retail-trader volatility aided sentiment.

Stocks recently boosted by an army of casual investors sank as profit-taking finally caught up with their weeks-long rallies. GameStop, AMC, and BlackBerry all traded lower, though not harshly enough to erase their steep rallies. Traders in the Wall Street Bets subreddit urged members to keep holding shares, but brokers’ trading restrictions and concerns about the bubble bursting have driven selling.

Elsewhere, investors cheered President Joe Biden’s push to pass a massive economic stimulus bill. The president met with 10 Senate Republicans on Monday to discuss their much smaller counterproposal. The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said that though the meeting was “productive,” the administration would “not settle for a package that fails to meet the moment.”

Here’s where US indexes stood shortly after the 9:30 a.m. ET open on Tuesday:

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Stocks were also lifted by signs that the worst stage of the coronavirus pandemic is abating. Daily new cases have fallen to their lowest since early November, and hospitalizations have trended lower in recent weeks. Vaccinations have accelerated, suggesting the country could be on its way to a reopening.

Earnings season charges on after the close with Google’s parent, Alphabet, and Amazon set to report quarterly figures. The companies’ large weightings in benchmark indexes mean their reports could drag the broader market lower on Wednesday or extend the week’s rally.

Pfizer, UPS, and Exxon Mobil all climbed after reporting earnings ahead of the market open.

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Virgin Galactic leaped for the second consecutive session amid high hopes for a new test flight. The company said on Monday that it would conduct a rocket-powered trial as early as February 13.

Bitcoin neared $35,000 after trading below the $34,000 support level for much of the weekend. The popular cryptocurrency has regained some momentum in recent sessions following its late-January slide below $30,000.

Spot gold slid 1.7%, to $1,829.91 per ounce, at intraday lows. The US dollar weakened slightly against a basket of Group-of-20 currency peers, and Treasury yields rose.

Oil prices climbed. West Texas Intermediate crude jumped as much as 2.7%, to $55.02 per barrel, its highest level in a year. Brent crude, oil’s international benchmark, gained 3.5%, to $57.84 per barrel, at intraday highs.

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US stocks climb amid optimism around Biden’s COVID-19 plan and stimulus push

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  • US stocks gained on Thursday as investors cheered the Biden administration’s plan to better tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • President Joe Biden on Wednesday revealed plans to accelerate testing, vaccine rollouts, and reopenings.
  • Initial jobless claims fell to 900,000 last week, according to the Labor Department. Economists expected claims to total 935,000.
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US equities rose on Thursday as investors bet on the Biden administration to accelerate the nation’s economic recovery.

President Joe Biden unveiled new plans for how the government will tackle the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday. The president aims to sign 10 executive orders and invoke the Defense Production Act to accelerate testing, vaccine distribution, and reopen schools and businesses.

Efforts to better curb on the virus’s spread are set to join a push for additional fiscal support. The president called for a $1.9 trillion stimulus package earlier in the month that includes $1,400 direct payments, expanded unemployment insurance, and relief for states and municipalities.

Republicans are likely to oppose the measure, having previously balked at passing new aid for governments. Still, expectations for another large-scale spending bill have led analysts to lift growth forecasts and S&P 500 targets.

Here’s where US indexes stood shortly after the 9:30 a.m. ET open on Thursday:

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Tech stocks continued to climb after Netflix’s healthy earnings beat boosted indexes the session prior. Equities hit record highs on Wednesday as Biden’s inauguration amplified hopes for fresh fiscal stimulus and a stronger economic recovery. The jump was the largest Inauguration Day return in nearly a century.

In economic data, weekly filings for unemployment benefits totaled an unadjusted 900,000 last week as the labor market’s recovery continued to push up against elevated COVID-19 cases. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected claims to reach 935,000. 

Continuing claims, which track Americans receiving unemployment-insurance payments, fell to 5.1 million for the week that ended January 9. That came in below the median economist estimate of 5.3 million claims.

“Fiscal stimulus prospects, along with broader vaccine diffusion, are pointing to a brightening labor market outlook but with the pandemic still raging, claims are poised to remain elevated in the near-term,” Lydia Boussour, lead US economist at Oxford Economics, said.

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United Airlines sank after its fourth-quarter report missed Wall Street expectations for revenue and profit. The company cautioned that, despite vaccines being distributed nationwide, the pandemic will weigh on travel activity throughout 2021.

Bitcoin slid below the $32,000 support level as sell-offs cut further into the cryptocurrency’s bullish momentum. The token hit a 24-hour low of $31,310.75 before paring some losses.

Gold dipped as much as 0.7%, to $1,858.42 per ounce. The dollar weakened against a basked of Group-of-20 currencies and Treasury yields climbed slightly.

Oil prices fell but remained above the $50 support level. West Texas Intermediate crude dropped as much as 1.1%, to $52.75 per barrel. Brent crude, oil’s international standard, declined 1%, to $55.51 per barrel, at intraday lows.

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Dow drops 200 points as traders mull Biden’s stimulus plan and soft retail-sales data

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  • US stocks sank on Friday as investors digested President-elect Joe Biden’s stimulus plan and a December slump in retail sales.
  • Biden rolled out a $1.9 trillion relief proposal on Thursday that includes $1,400 direct payments, state and local government aid, and expanded unemployment benefits.
  • While Democrats’ soft Senate majority increases the odds of a deal being passed, Republican opposition could strip the bill of some elements or push for higher taxes to offset its cost.
  • Retail sales shrank 0.7% in December as COVID-19 lockdowns cut into holiday-season spending, according to Census Bureau data published Friday. Economists expected sales to hold flat from November.
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US equities fell on Friday amid a drop in retail sales and concerns that President-elect Joe Biden’s stimulus proposal could lift taxes.

Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion fiscal relief plan on Thursday that includes $1,400 direct payments, expanded federal unemployment benefits, and state and local government aid. Democrats’ victories in Georgia runoff elections greatly improve the party’s chances at passing such a sweeping stimulus measure.

Yet GOP opposition could strip the bill of some components before its passage. Lawmakers could also call for higher taxes to justify the legislation’s hefty price tag, a move that would surely rankle investors hoping for President Donald Trump’s low tax rates to remain in place.

Here’s where US indexes stood shortly after the 9:30 a.m. ET open on Friday:

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“The very health of our nation is at stake,” Biden said in a speech revealing the plan, adding that failure to pass a large-scale relief package “will cost us dearly.”

Stocks extended losses after retail sales data showed a third-straight monthly decline to close out last year. Spending at US retailers contracted 0.7% in December as COVID-19 restrictions offset holiday-season sales, according to Census Bureau data published Friday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected sales to stay flat from the month prior.

November’s reading was revised lower to a 1.4% contraction, suggesting surging coronavirus cases and lockdown measures swiftly cut into a V-shaped rebound in consumer spending.

“This likely is the nadir for retail sales, as the late-December stimulus and the pending stimulus under the Biden administration will boost both bank accounts and consumers’ spirits,” Robert Frick, corporate economist at Navy Federal Credit Union, said.

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Fourth-quarter earnings kicked off with JPMorgan beating revenue and profit expectations. The bank reported a 42% jump in net income, bolstered by the release of $2.9 billion in loan-loss reserves.

Citigroup reported less-than-stellar results Friday morning. While the bank’s revenue landed above estimates, weaker-than-expected performance in its fixed-income division contributed to a miss on quarterly earnings. The business reported revenue of $3.09 billion over the period, below the consensus expectation of $3.2 billion.

Bitcoin dropped below $38,000 as the cryptocurrency’s volatile trading week came to a close. The token climbed back above $40,000 on Thursday but failed to retake the record highs seen one week ago.

Spot gold slid 0.5%, to $1,836.64 per ounce, at intraday lows. The US dollar strengthened against the majority of Group-of-10 currency peers and Treasury yields declined. 

Oil prices sank as the stronger dollar cut into its recent climb. West Texas Intermediate crude fell as much as 1.7%, to $52.68 per barrel. Brent crude, oil’s international benchmark, dropped 1.9%, to $55.37 per barrel, at intraday lows.

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US stocks climb as investors buy Monday’s dip on recovery hopes

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  • US stocks gained slightly on Tuesday as investors bought Monday’s dip and bet on fresh stimulus and COVID-19 vaccines to fuel a near-term economic rebound.
  • While the Biden administration is set to detail a sweeping fiscal stimulus plan on Thursday, investors continue to weigh whether stocks can remain at their lofty levels.
  • Bitcoin recovered slightly from its Monday nosedive but remains well below the records it hit last week.
  • Oil prices gained as the US dollar weakened against currency peers. West Texas Intermediate crude rose as much as 1.9%, to $53.26 per barrel.
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US stocks edged higher on Tuesday as investors optimistic for a full economic rebound bought the market’s recent dip.

Hopes for widespread vaccination and Biden-backed stimulus continue to lock horns with stocks’ lofty valuations. Fallout from last week’s violent riots at the Capitol continues to weigh on market sentiments, and Democrats are expected to vote to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

Shambolic vaccine distribution across the US has also cut into some investors’ recovery outlooks. CNBC reported Tuesday morning that the Trump administration will issue updated vaccination guidance that expands eligibility to everyone 65-years-old and older. The move comes after some states discarded vaccines instead of using them on ineligible populations.

“Vaccine rollouts have been messy, but as more vaccines get regional approval, risk appetite is thriving as we get closer to the other side of COVID,” Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda, said.

Here’s where US indexes stood shortly after the 9:30 a.m. ET open on Tuesday:

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The mild uptick comes after stocks stumbled to start the week. Equities fell from record highs on Monday as investors weighed the impact of an impeachment vote and stretched valuations. Facebook and Twitter dragged on major indexes as investors balked at the companies’ moves to ban permanently Trump.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses said Tuesday its gauge of small-business optimism plunged to a seven-month low in December as COVID-19 restrictions intensified. Nine of the index’s 10 components declined through the month and the association’s measure of general-business-condition outlook tumbled into net negative territory.

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Bitcoin recovered slightly after plummeting from record highs. The world’s largest cryptocurrency traded at roughly $33,600 on Tuesday, about 1% higher from the prior 24 hours, after sliding as low as $30,305.30 Monday night.

Spot gold climbed as much as 1.1%, to $1,863.81 per ounce, before paring gains. The US dollar weakened slightly against a basket of currency peers and Treasury yields rose.

Oil prices gained amid the US dollar’s decline. West Texas Intermediate crude rose as much as 1.9%, to $53.26 per barrel. Brent crude, oil’s international standard, climbed 1.9%, to $56.73 per barrel, at intraday highs.

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