Stocks Gain a Second Day on Tech Rally; Oil Surges: Markets Wrap
Stocks gained as the technology sector rebounded and energy-related shares rallied with crude oil. Treasury two-year note yields rose to a decade high with the U.S. selling debt and expectations becoming cemented for more Federal Reserve rate increases.
Crude rose the most since June as Hurricane Florence threatened U.S. East Coast gasoline markets and sanctions began crimping Iranian oil exports. East Coast motorists may see “dramatic” spikes in gasoline prices, according to AAA, as mass evacuations stretch supplies and Florence’s heavy rains imperil major fuel pipelines.
Worsening relations between the U.S. and China have been at the top of the agenda, with the Trump administration ready to boost tariffs on even more goods. That’s overshadowed optimism for a trade deal between the EU and the world’s biggest economy. The memory of summertime volatility and weakness in commodities also still provides plenty of reasons for caution as investors brace for meetings of central banks of Argentina, Turkey and Russia this week.
“People are waiting for some additional news on the trade front,” said Peter Jankovskis, co-chief investment officer at Oakbrook Investments. “That’s a big thing that’s overhanging the market right now.”