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S&P 500 approaches 5,000 as Treasury yields increase post-auction

Wall Street’s Major Indexes Rise with S&P Near 5,000-Point Milestone

Rising Market Trends and Data

Wall Street’s major indexes rose on Thursday with the S&P hovering near the 5,000-point milestone as investors reacted to earnings reports and U.S. jobs data, and the U.S. dollar gained.

European Equities and U.S. Treasury Yields

European equities slipped and U.S. Treasury yields rose after a 30-year bond auction.

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Oil Prices and Middle East Conflict

Oil prices jumped on concerns of a broadening Middle East conflict.

Unemployment Benefits and Rate Cut Expectations

The number of Americans filing for state unemployment benefits dipped to 218,000 during the week ended Feb. 3, compared with economists’ forecast of 220,000, data showed. Both U.S. Federal Reserve and European Central Bank policymakers, as well as those in some big emerging markets, have been pushing back against expectations of rapid rate cuts as they gauge whether inflation has been adequately tamed.

Rates and Currency Outlook

The likelihood of a Fed rate cut in March slipped 2-1/2 percentage points from Wednesday to 16.5%, according to the CME Group’s (NASDAQ:) FedWatch Tool. The probability a week ago was 36.5%. “We continue to get positive surprises in the U.S. and we’re not getting enough positive surprises in the rest of the world, and certainly not in China,” said Thierry Wizman, global FX and interest rates strategist at Macquarie in New York.

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Global Equity Index and European Market Performance

The gained 0.1% at 104.13, with the euro up 0.05% at 1.0776 and the euro

The rose 48.97 points, or 0.13%, to 38,726.33, the gained 2.85 points, or 0.06%, to 4,997.91 and the gained 37.07 points, or 0.24%, to 15,793.72. The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 49 nations, eased 0.02%. The pan-European index turned down to close 0.1% lower. Losses in healthcare heavyweights offset gains spurred by strong corporate updates from consumer staples stocks like Unilever (LON:) and luxury major Kering (EPA:).

U.S. Treasury Yields and Commodity Prices

The yield on benchmark U.S. 10-year notes rose 5.6 basis points to 4.154%, from 4.098% late on Wednesday. The 30-year bond yield rose 4.5 basis points to 4.3541% from 4.309% late on Wednesday. In commodities, oil futures gained 3.05% to $76.11 a barrel and rose to $81.48 per barrel. Gold lost 0.04% to $2,033.39 an ounce and U.S. settled 0.2% lower at $2,047.90.

Asian Market and China’s Economic Performance

In Asia, surged 2.1% to close at its highest level in 34 years, helped in part by dovish BOJ comments. The Shanghai composite index posted its biggest weekly gain since November 2022 and the CSI blue-chip index also rose, with investors welcoming Wednesday’s announcement of leadership change at the top of China’s market regulator. Data showed China’s consumer price index was down 0.8% in January from a year earlier, the biggest drop since 2009, although on a monthly basis, CPI rose 0.3%, picking up from the previous month.

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