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S&P 500 Gains Amid Chip-Led Rally, Bullish Bank Earnings

Stock MarketsOct 14, 2021 19:08
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By Yasin Ebrahim – The S&P 500 jumped Thursday, underpinned by strength in tech and upbeat quarterly earnings form the major Wall Street banks.

The S&P 500 rose 1.6%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.5%, or 516 points, the Nasdaq Composite was up 1.7%.

Tech stocks were pushed higher by surging semiconductor stocks following upbeat quarterly earnings and guidance from chip bellwether Taiwan Semiconductor.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE:TSM) reported better-than-expected third-quarter results, and talked up surging demand for its products and services after guiding Q4 revenue above estimates.

Sentiment on semis were also boosted by a report from DigiTimes suggesting that component suppliers for Apple's new iPhones haven't seen a decline in orders so far this year.

This marks a contrast from a Bloomberg report earlier this week indicating the Apple could cut its iPhone production targets for 2021.

Other chip stocks including NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), Marvell Technology (NASDAQ:MRVL) and ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) were up more than 3%, pushing the iShares Semiconductor ETF (NASDAQ:SOXX) up nearly 3%.

As well as a boost from semis, tech was supported by a fall in Treasury yields as the 10-year yields retreated further into the red to remain below 1.6%.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google-parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) were more than 1% higher.

Financials basked in the glory of blowout quarterly results from major Wall Street banks.

Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) , Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) and Citigroup (NYSE:C) all reported a beat on both the top and bottom lines.

Bank of America led the pack, up more than 3% after reporting record advisory and asset management fees for Q3.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH), meanwhile, a major Dow Jones component, reported better-than-expected quarterly results, driven by a jump in revenue at its Optum drug benefits division.  Its shares were up more than 2%.

Sentiment on the broader market was also helped by data showing easing inflation pressures, and jobless claims that fell below 300,000 for the first time since the pandemic began.  

Jobless claims fell by 36,000 to 293,000 for the week ended October 9, below economists; forecast  for a fall to 320,000.

The September PPI rose 0.5%, slower than the 0.6% rise expected, but Pantheon Macroeconomics said it is "too soon to know if this marks the end of the surge in prices triggered by the chip shortage."

S&P 500 Gains Amid Chip-Led Rally, Bullish Bank Earnings

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