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Tuesday, 03/08/2022 4:31:43 PM

Tuesday, March 08, 2022 4:31:43 PM

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Market Snapshot

Dow 32632.64 -184.74 (-0.56%)
Nasdaq 12795.55 -35.41 (-0.28%)
SP 500 4170.70 -30.39 (-0.72%)
10-yr Note -7/32 1.842
NYSE Adv 1595 Dec 1572 Vol 1.5 bln
Nasdaq Adv 2057 Dec 2113 Vol 6.6 bln

Industry Watch
Strong: Energy, Consumer Discretionary
Weak: Health Care, Utilities, Consumer Staples

Moving the Market

-- Volatile session for stocks

-- U.S. bans energy imports from Russia

-- Reports indicate Ukraine no longer insists on NATO membership and that Putin will ban certain raw material exports until Dec. 31

-- Treasury yields rise amid inflation, rate-hike expectations

Large-cap indices close lower in volatile session
08-Mar-22 16:15 ET
Dow -184.74 at 32632.64, Nasdaq -35.41 at 12795.55, S&P -30.39 at 4170.70

[BRIEFING.COM] The S&P 500 lost 0.7% on Tuesday in a volatile session driven by geopolitical headlines. The Nasdaq Composite (-0.3%) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (-0.6%) joined the benchmark index in negative territory, while the Russell 2000 (+0.6%) closed higher.

Nine of the 11 S&P 500 sectors closed lower, including the defensive-oriented consume staples (-2.6%), health care (-2.1%), and utilities (-1.6%) sectors at the bottom of the standings. The energy (+1.4%) and consumer discretionary (+0.1%) sectors closed higher.

The stock market struggled out of the gate, as oil prices flirted with $130 per barrel in anticipation for the U.S. to ban energy imports from Russia. On a related note, the UK and EU said they would phase out their Russian energy imports this year, but the UK said it was still exploring options for a ban on gas imports.

Soon after President Biden announced the ban, stocks carved out a bottom and then rallied to session highs amid a report indicating that Ukraine was no longer insisting on NATO membership.

The S&P 500 went from a 0.7% intraday decline to a 1.8% intraday gain. Crude futures pared gains and settled at $123.76/bbl (+$4.49, +3.8%).

The rally off the lows was likely driven by short-covering activity from investors caught off guard by the market's sell-the-rumor, buy-the-fact response. Unfortunately, the gains didn't last long because the market turned negative after reports indicated that President Putin was going to ban the export of products and raw materials from the Russian Federation until Dec. 31.

The volatile price action frustrated investors, but at least the Treasury market communicated a more consistent message through its steady rise in yields. Namely, the Russia-Ukraine situation is expected to exacerbate inflation pressures via supply chain disruptions and, in turn, force the Fed to react with tighter monetary policy.

The 2-yr yield rose nine basis points to 1.63%, and the 10-yr yield rose 12 basis points to 1.87%. The U.S. Dollar Index decreased 0.2% to 99.06.

For what it's worth, nickel prices soared at the London Metal Exchange (LME) on Tuesday, more than doubling at one point to exceed $100,000 per metric ton. While that gain was pared some, the LME suspended trading for the rest of the day.

Reviewing Tuesday's economic data:

The trade deficit widened in January to $89.7 billion ( consensus -$87.5 billion) from a downwardly revised $82.0 billion (from -$80.7 billion). Exports were $3.9 billion less than December exports and imports were $3.8 billion more than December imports.
The key takeaway from the report is that it marked the third straight month of a widening deficit, underscoring weakening trade activity related to the Omicron variant and ongoing supply chain disruptions. In the same period a year ago, the trade deficit was $65.1 billion.
Wholesale inventories increased 0.8% in January, as expected, following a revised 2.6% increase (from 2.2%) in December.
The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index for February decreased to 95.7 from 97.1 in January.

Looking ahead, investors will receive the JOLTS - Job Openings report for January and the weekly MBA Mortgage Applications Index on Wednesday.

Dow Jones Industrial Average -10.2% YTD
S&P 500 -12.5% YTD
Russell 2000 -12.6% YTD
Nasdaq Composite -18.2% YTD

Crude futures settle near $124 per barrel
08-Mar-22 15:30 ET
Dow +67.83 at 32885.21, Nasdaq +75.78 at 12906.74, S&P +3.37 at 4204.46

[BRIEFING.COM] The S&P 500 is up 0.1%, but the Russell 2000 continues to shine with a 1.9% gain.

One last look at the sectors shows energy (+1.6%) as the only sector up more than 1.0%, while the consumer staples (-2.0%), health care (-1.2%), utilities (-1.2%), and real estate (-0.2%) sectors trade lower.

WTI crude futures settled higher by 3.8%, or $4.49, to $123.76/bbl.

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