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Tech pulls Nasdaq, S&P 500 down as Treasury yields rise

EconomySep 27, 2021 09:22PM ET
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By Stephen Culp

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes ended lower on Monday with investors pivoting to value as tech shares, hurt by rising Treasury yields, weighed on equities in the quarter's final week.

Of the three major U.S. stock indexes, only the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average closed in positive territory, buoyed by financials and industrials.

Economically sensitive smallcaps and transports outperformed the broader market.

"The economic reopening trade is alive and well," said Chuck Carlson, chief executive of Horizon Investment Services in Hammond, Indiana. "Economically sensitive stocks are up, and tech’s being worked over pretty good."

Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields rose, to the benefit of rate-sensitive financials [US/]. Rising crude prices pushed energy stocks to the biggest closing percentage gains. [O/R]

"Rising rates typically reflect investors having a little bit more confidence in the economy not being stalled out," Carlson added. "And the Fed is also indicating it's going to start tapering sooner rather later, and that's probably helping upward trajectory in rates."

Those rising yields hurt some market leaders that had benefited from low rates. Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT), Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc and Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) ended the session down between 0.6% and 1.7%.

In Washington, negotiations over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling were heating up at the start of a week that could also include a vote on U.S. President Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure bill.

On the economic front, new orders for durable goods waltzed past analyst expectations, gaining 1.8% in August. The value of total new orders has grown beyond pre-pandemic levels to a seven-year high.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 71.37 points, or 0.21%, to 34,869.37; the S&P 500 lost 12.37 points, or 0.28%, at 4,443.11; and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 77.73 points, or 0.52%, to 14,969.97.

Of the 11 major sectors in the S&P 500, six closed lower. Real estate and healthcare suffered the largest percentage losses.

While the S&P 500 value index has underperformed growth so far this year, that gap has narrowed in September as investors increasingly favor lower valuation stocks that stand to benefit most from economic revival.

(Graphic: One-year spread between Russell growth and value, https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/mkt/zgvomblkmvd/Pasted%20image%201632755748037.png)

The S&P 500 is on track to snap its seven-month winning streak, with the prospect of higher corporate tax rates and hints from the U.S. Federal Reserve that it could start to tighten its accommodative monetary policies in the months ahead.

Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) strategists see potential corporate rate hikes as a headwind to its outlook for return-on-equity (ROE) on U.S. stocks in 2022, the broker said in a research note.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliner on the NYSE by a 1.41-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.60-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted 28 new 52-week highs and four new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 104 new highs and 78 new lows.

Volume on U.S. exchanges was 10.32 billion shares, compared with the 10.19 billion average over the last 20 trading days.

Tech pulls Nasdaq, S&P 500 down as Treasury yields rise
 

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Jacob Steinschlag
Jacob Steinschlag Sep 28, 2021 1:44AM ET
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Yields are again just a cover story. Ive been forecasting this rotation from MegaCaps to SmallCaps for a long time, seeing all the signs. the rotation from small caps to megacaps lasted almost 7 months, putting the smallcap/megacap ratio to an all-time-low. now well see this rotation reverse for at least a couple months.nothing to do with yields. nothing.
Mitchel Pioneer
Mitchel Pioneer Sep 27, 2021 1:33PM ET
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Manufactured "gains" protection mode in the laughingstock of the financial world.
Evander Renner
Evander Renner Sep 27, 2021 1:02PM ET
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all the analyses provided today are all falls. all skep saying strong buy and stocks has been down all-day
William Bailey
William Bailey Sep 27, 2021 1:02PM ET
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Its all over in a cew days to cew weeks
Arun Shukla
Arun Shukla Sep 27, 2021 12:35PM ET
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more stress can be seen due to tech stocks n bank may loose also..it might be close with 40 to 65 points up....
Arun Shukla
Arun Shukla Sep 27, 2021 12:35PM ET
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shutdown news may play big roll
Mohd Izhar Muslim
Mohd Izhar Muslim Sep 27, 2021 8:21AM ET
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I be ready for any news and solutions for the greatness
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jason xx Sep 27, 2021 8:08AM ET
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What index is this guy looking at spx futures have been down at least 1 and a half hours
Millennial Metals
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Bond yields rising… tick tock
 
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