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Wall Street Opens Mixed, Hurt by Bond Yield Rise; Dow up 190 Pts, Nasdaq Down

Stock MarketsSep 27, 2021 15:26
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By Geoffrey Smith 

Investing.com -- U.S. stock markets opened mostly lower on Monday, as a rise in bond yields - driven by a combination of concerns around U.S. fiscal and monetary policy - weighed on most equity valuations.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield rose 3 basis points to touch 1.50% for the first time in three months before the stock market opened, against a backdrop of rising tension in Washington, D.C., over the funding of the federal government and President Joe Biden's economic policy agenda.

By 9:45 AM ET  (1345 GMT), the Nasdaq Composite was down 1.1% and the S&P 500 was down 0.3%, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 195 points, or.0.6%, at 34,993 points, supported by banking stocks and energy stocks, the latter of which profited from a spike in prices for natural gas and, to a lesser extent, crude oil.

'Reopening trades' were back in vogue, with Boeing (NYSE:BA) stock rising 3.2% and Carnival (NYSE:CUK) stock rising 5.8%, while bank stocks - which perform well when rising bond yields allow them to fatten their lending margins - were also all positive. JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) stock rose 2.3%, Citigroup (NYSE:C) stock rose 1.6% and Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) stock rose 2.8%.

Such trades appeared to be funded at least in part by rotation out of technology names, which have had a second wind during the summer as the spread of the Delta-variant of Covid-19 blew the economy's reopening off-track for a while. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)stock fell 2.3%, while Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock fell 1.9% and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) fell 1.7%.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) stock fell 1.3% after the company said it would pause work on Instagram Kids, following a public outcry at revelations about the company's governance, notably its failure to react to internal analysis showing the negative impact of Instagram on teenagers' mental health.

Gores Guggenheim (NASDAQ:GGPI) stock rose 2.3% after the SPAC said it will take luxury EV maker Polestar, a unit of Volvo Cars, public through a merger that values the company at $20 billion including debt.

Elsewhere, Gannett (NYSE:GCI) stock rose 3.6% to test a two-year high after saying it will refinance at least $500 million of debt with a new issue of senior secured notes, bringing down the USA Today's debt servicing costs still further. 

Energy stocks rose across the board, lifted by a surge in natural gas prices as both Europe and China scramble for liquefied natural gas cargoes to cover their heating needs. Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) stock rose 2.8% while Chevron (NYSE:CVX) stock rose 2.6%. Services firms were also well sought, with Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) stock rising 4.9%, Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) stock rising 5.0% and Baker Hughes (NYSE:BKR) stock rising 3.6%.

Wall Street Opens Mixed, Hurt by Bond Yield Rise; Dow up 190 Pts, Nasdaq Down
 

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