- US stocks ended higher on Wednesday after Fed Jerome Powell reiterated the view that inflation will pass.
- Bank earnings continued, with Bank of America and Citigroup reporting second-quarter results.
- Bitcoin, lumber, and oil slipped, while gold rose.
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US stocks rallied on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated that inflation will pass.
The benchmark S&P 500 index scaled close to all-time highs, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average also inched up. The Nasdaq composite fell slightly.
The yield on the US 10-year Treasury slipped 6.1 basis points to 1.353%.
The Fed chief said the US economic recovery still has further to go before the central bank considers tapering its asset purchases, according to prepared remarks ahead of his House Financial Services Committee testimony.
Powell said the US job market “is still a ways off” from the progress the Fed hopes to achieve, suggesting it would stick to its highly accommodative monetary policy even in the face of data showing inflation is on the rise.
Powell on Wednesday presented the central bank’s semiannual monetary policy report to Congress and took questions from lawmakers.
Here’s where US indexes stood at the 4 p.m. close on Wednesday:
- S&P 500: 4,374.49, up 0.12%
- Dow Jones industrial average: 34,934.29, up 0.13% (45.50 points)
- Nasdaq composite: 14,644.95, down 0.22%
Stocks have scaled to record highs in the past weeks as economic data continuously point to a strong recovery on top of robust corporate earnings.
Big movers include Oatly, which fell 6.1% to an all-time low of $19.40 after short seller Spruce Point Capital Management accused the oat milk company of misleading investors on multiple fronts and overstating its revenue.
Peloton shares also dipped by 5.4% to $113.33 following a rating downgrade to neutral at Wedbush.
Powell in his testimony challenged the need for cryptocurrencies if the central bank were to issue its own digital currency.
“You wouldn’t need stablecoins, you wouldn’t need cryptocurrencies, if you had a digital US currency,” the Fed chief said.
Oil prices slid after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates reached a compromise allowing the latter to boost its output, Reuters reported.
Gold edged higher for the second straight session, rising 1.08% to $1,825.56 per ounce.