Stock futures are rising on vaccine, stimulation hopes

US stock futures rose on Wednesday on optimism that the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines and progress towards a deal on a new budget bill strengthens well for the economic recovery.

Futures linked to the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.7%, indicating that both benchmarks will move forward after the New York opening clock. Contracts on the Nasdaq-100 index increased by 0.8% and pointed to gains for technology shares one day after investors withdrew funds from the sector and sent wider meters down.

The shares have been uneven in recent days, and the most important indices fluctuated daily between losses and gains. On Wednesday, the sentiment was signaled that Democrats will try to bridge differences over unemployment benefits and other issues as they strive to complete a $ 1.9 trillion relief package in the coming days. Mr Biden also said that the United States would have done so enough Covid-19 vaccine for all American adults at the end of May, two months earlier than he had previously said.

“Vaccine development is going extremely well compared to many expectations,” said Seema Shah, chief strategist at Principal Global Investors. “And at a time when the economy seems to be recovering on its own, we also have the prospect of fiscal stimulus in the background, and that’s leading many people to upgrade their US growth expectations.”

The optimism about the better economic outlook especially promotes the demand for shares in companies that would benefit when the economy returns to normal, says Chris Dyer, head of global equities at Eaton Vance. This includes banking and energy stocks, which surpass the technology industry this year.

“We can see light at the end of the pandemic tunnel,” Dyer said. “The progress made with vaccinations has led to confidence in the economic recovery and you have seen companies focused on the economic recovery doing well in recent months.”

The bond market has also calmed down in recent days after a rise in interest rates shook investors, which led to sharp declines in equities. The yield on the 10-year US government bond rose to 1.445%, from 1.413% on Tuesday. It is still below 1.513% as it reached last month.

The most important central bank officials have said that the increase in returns reflects optimism about the economic outlook. Federal Reserve Gov. Lael Brainard said Tuesday that latest tumult in the bond market is on her radar screen. She signaled that the Federal Reserve will not withdraw support for the economy until it is stronger and repeats comments from other officials.

“The Fed has stated very strongly that they are willing to be patient but also [that] The rising returns are an indication of strong growth, so it is a good environment for equities to be in, says Ms Shah.

Investors are waiting for data on activities in the service sector from the Institute for Delivery Management, due to 10 ET. The figures are expected to show that cross-sectoral activity expanded for the ninth month in a row in February.

The Fed’s beige book report, which expires at 14:00 ET, will offer the latest collection of business anecdotes, which provide insights on how companies are preparing to resume the economy.

In commodity markets, Brent Crude Oil, the international benchmark for oil, rose 1.5% to $ 63.63 a barrel. Gold prices fell 0.4%.

Abroad, the continental Stoxx Europe 600 rose by 0.7%.

Most major Asian indices reached after trading ended. China’s Shanghai Composite Index rose almost 2%, while Hang Seng jumped 2.7% in Hong Kong. Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.5% and South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.3%.

Traders are working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday.


Colin Ziemer / Associated Press

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