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Wednesday, 03/09/2022 4:29:23 PM

Wednesday, March 09, 2022 4:29:23 PM

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Market Snapshot

Dow 33285.65 +653.01 (2.00%)
Nasdaq 13255.54 +459.99 (3.59%)
SP 500 4277.89 +107.19 (2.57%)
10-yr Note -29/32 1.925

NYSE Adv 2553 Dec 814 Vol 1.2 bln
Nasdaq Adv 3275 Dec 1029 Vol 5.3 bln

Industry Watch
Strong: Financials, Information Technology, Consumer Discretionary, Communication Services, Materials

Weak: Energy, Utilities

Moving the Market
-- Stocks rally as oil prices drop 12%

-- Hopeful-sounding rhetoric from Russia and Ukraine in front of ceasefire talks tomorrow

-- UAE supports OPEC to increase production; U.S. officials reportedly want Venezuela to increase oil exports to U.S. in exchange for ease in sanctions

Rebound rally fueled by drop in oil prices
09-Mar-22 16:20 ET

Dow +653.01 at 33285.65, Nasdaq +459.99 at 13255.54, S&P +107.19 at 4277.89
[BRIEFING.COM] The S&P 500 rallied 2.6% on Wednesday, as buy-the-dip efforts were emboldened by a 12% drop in oil prices ($108.88, -14.88, -12.0%). The Nasdaq Composite gained 3.6%, the Russell 2000 gained 2.7%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.0%.

The pullback in oil was due to a confluence of factors, including hopeful-sounding rhetoric from Russia and Ukraine in front of ceasefire talks tomorrow, the UAE vouching support for OPEC to increase production, and news that U.S. officials want Venezuela to increase oil exports to the States in exchange for an ease in sanctions.

A 12% decline for a commodity that is still up 45% for the year was the type of drawdown needed to revive risk sentiment, even if the macro environment was still inflationary. It's too early to know if oil peaked for the near term, but there was hope that consumers could start to see relatively lower prices at the gas pump.

Stocks that were hit the hardest this month were among the biggest gainers today, particularly those in the S&P 500 information technology (+4.0%), financials (+3.6%), communication services (+3.5%), and consumer discretionary (+2.9%) sectors.

The energy sector (-3.2%), on the other hand, fell 3% amid the weaker oil prices while the utilities sector (-0.8%) was the only other sector that closed lower. Both sectors remained higher for month, so there was likely some profit-taking activity in the groups.

Bumble (BMBL 23.64, +6.98, +41.9%) was an individual standout, with shares soaring 42% on better-than-feared earnings results.

Besides the scope of today's gains, the risk-on mindset was corroborated by declines in the CBOE Volatility Index (32.45, -2.68, -7.6%), the U.S. Dollar Index (98.00, -1.06, -1.1%.), gold prices ($1987.20, -60.10, -2.9%), and Treasury prices.

To be fair, Treasuries might have been pressured by an acknowledgement that one trading day doesn't remove inflationary pressures and that the Fed is still on track to hike rates multiple times this year, starting next week. On a related note, the $34 billion 10-yr Treasury note auction received lukewarm demand.

The 2-yr yield increased four basis points to 1.67%, and the 10-yr yield increased eight basis points to 1.95%.

Reviewing Wednesday's economic data:

Job openings decreased to 11.263 million in January from a revised record-high of 11.448 million (from 10.925 million) in December.
The weekly MBA Mortgage Applications Index rose 8.5% following a 0.7% decline in the prior week.

Looking ahead, investors will receive the Consumer Price Index for February, the weekly Initial and Continuing Claims report, and the Treasury Budget for February on Thursday.

Dow Jones Industrial Average -8.4% YTD
S&P 500 -10.3% YTD
Russell 2000 -10.0% YTD
Nasdaq Composite -15.3% YTD

Crude futures fall 12%
09-Mar-22 15:30 ET

Dow +757.51 at 33390.15, Nasdaq +479.85 at 13275.40, S&P +120.82 at 4291.52
[BRIEFING.COM] The S&P 500 continues to trade at session highs with a 2.9% in what's been a relatively calm rally.

One last look at the sectors shows nine sectors up more than 1.0%, including the financials (+4.2%) and information technology (+4.2%) sectors with gains over 4.0%. The energy sector is down 3.4% due to the drop in oil, while the utilities sector trades flat.

WTI crude futures settled lower by $14.88 (-12.0%) to $108.88/bbl.

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