U.S. inventory indexes completed higher Wednesday, extending positive aspects from the earlier session after Netflix earnings got here in better-than-feared, which boosted investor confidence as they await extra company outcomes.

How are inventory indexes buying and selling
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average
     was up 47.79 factors, or 0.2%, to 31,874.84.

  • The S&P 500
    gained 23.21 factors, or 0.6%, at 3,959.90.

  • The Nasdaq Composite
     jumped 184.50 factors, or 1.6%, to commerce at 11,897.65.

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 754 factors, or 2.4%, whereas the S&P 500 jumped 2.8% and whereas the Nasdaq Composite gained 3.11%. Showing the breadth of positive aspects, 491 parts of the S&P 500 superior.

What’s driving markets

Investors are hoping {that a} survey launched earlier this week exhibiting fund managers at their most bearish because the nice monetary disaster means sentiment can solely enhance from right here, sparking an additional rally off current lows for stocks.

See: Bernstein nonetheless sees extra ache forward for stocks, till capitulation triggers bonafide rally subsequent yr

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 sit above their 50-day transferring averages for the primary time in practically three months, probably signaling the downtrend lastly has been damaged after S&P 500 shed greater than 20% up to now this yr.

“No one expected Netflix to trigger a decent risk-on rally for the other mega-cap tech stocks, but that is exactly what is happening,” stated Edward Moya, Senior Market Analyst, for the Americas at OANDA.  “Stocks are rising as Wall Street grows confident that corporate earnings might not fall off a cliff.  Pessimism won’t be completely going away as two major risk events are in the next 24 hours; the ECB rate hiking decision and the Russian decision on how much gas to let flow through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. “

About 12% of S&P 500 index companies have reported earnings so far this quarter and of those, 68% have beaten analyst expectations, according to FactSet.

Electric vehicle maker Tesla reported earnings after the market close Wednesday.

Kristina Hooper, chief global market strategist at Invesco, said she is especially focused on the outlooks and guidance by companies. “Are there specific themes that we hear from multiple companies, especially in different industries?” Hooper stated. “The earnings are just looking in the rearview mirror.”

In U.S. financial knowledge, current dwelling gross sales fell 5.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual charge of 5.12 million in June, the National Association of Realtors stated Wednesday. This is the weakest degree of gross sales since June 2020, through the COVID-19 lockdown. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal anticipated gross sales to be 5.36 million.

“The housing market is still processing the new regime of higher borrowing costs, high inflation, and weakening consumer demand,” stated Jeffrey Roach, chief economist for LPL Financial in an electronic mail. “Some cash buyers are most likely investors but also buyers who are moving from higher-priced areas such as the west coast to lower-priced areas such as the southeast…Given the time required for residential real estate markets to adjust, we may see this housing slowdown phase continue throughout the rest of this year.”

Looking forward, investors can be watching to see if the European Central Bank raises its benchmark rate of interest by 25 or 50 foundation factors at its coverage assembly on Thursday. With inflation at a document excessive of 8.6% within the eurozone, the ECB is prepared to make its first interest-rate hike in 11 years. 

The European Union Wednesday proposed a plan to minimize fuel use by 15% till March as it prepares for the “likely scenario” that Russia might halt fuel exports to retaliate for European sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine. 

Companies in focus
  • Netflix
    was up 7.4% after reporting it misplaced half as many subscribers as feared within the second quarter and expects to add much more within the present quarter. Its streaming friends Walt Disney Co.
    and Paramount Global
    rose 3.8%.

  • Shares of Biogen Inc.
     misplaced 5.8% Wednesday after the corporate missed on income within the second quarter of the yr. 

  • Shares of Baker Hughes Co.
    tanked 8.3% Wednesday, after the oilfield services and products firm reported second-quarter outcomes that missed expectations, as part shortages, provide chain inflation and the suspension of Russian operations weighed on outcomes.

  • AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc.
     shares gained 7.1%, after the movie show operator and “meme” inventory stated it paid about $50 million to repurchase about $72.5 million of its 10% second lien debt due 2026, representing a couple of 31% low cost. 

  • Bath & Body Works Inc. 
    shares rose 3.3% Wednesday after the retailer issued a downward revision of its second-quarter and full-year steering. 

  • Amazon.com Inc.
    and Microsoft Corporation
    two of the tech megacaps on Nasdaq, rose 3.8% and 1.1%, respectively.

How are different property faring
  • Oil futures settled decrease on Wednesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for August supply 
    fell $1.96, or 1.9%, to $102.26 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. September Brent crude

     the worldwide benchmark, misplaced 43 cents, or 0.4%, at $106.92 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe.

  • The 10-year Treasury yield
    superior 1.8 foundation factors to 3.035% from 3.017% within the earlier session.

  • Gold futures for August supply

    fell $10.50, or 0.6%, to settle at $1,700.20 an oz., its lowest since late March 2021.

  • The ICE U.S. Dollar index 
     was 0.3% higher in Wednesday dealings.

  • Bitcoin
    superior 1.1% to $23,661.

  • Asian markets obtained a elevate from Wall Street’s highly effective exhibiting in a single day, with tech main the best way. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng
    rose 1.1%, the Shanghai Composite
    climbed 0.8%, and Japan’s Nikkei 225
    jumped 2.7%.

  • In Europe, the STOXX 600 
    was down 0.2% and London’s FTSE
    fell 0.4%.

-Jamie Chisholm contributed reporting to this text


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