Stocks Turn Choppy After 2-Day Rally 12/08 13:11
Stocks turned choppy on Wall Street Wednesday following a two-day rally.
(AP) -- Stocks turned choppy on Wall Street Wednesday following a two-day
The S&P 500 rose 0.1% as of 1:19 p.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial
Average fell 53 points, or 0.2%, to 35,666 and the Nasdaq rose 0.4%.
The muted trading for the benchmark S&P 500 index follows a two-day rally
that included its biggest gain since March. The rally also nearly erased its
losses from the last two weeks.
Communications and health care stocks made solid gains. Facebook parent Meta
Platforms rose 2.5% and Twitter rose 3.5%.
Technology companies remained wobbly. Apple rose 1.7%, while Microsoft fell
0.7%. Chipmakers also slipped. Intel shed 2%.
A wide range of travel-related companies gained ground in a sign that
investors are confident that the industry will continue its recovery despite
the threat from the omicron variant of COVID-19. Booking Holdings rose 2.8%,
Wynn Resorts rose 2.6% and Carnival rose 6.6%.
U.S. crude oil prices rose 0.8%, though energy stocks were mixed.
Smaller company stocks far outpaced the broader market. The Russell 2000
index rose 1%.
Bond yields rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.51% from 1.48%
Markets in Asia were mostly higher. Tokyo's Nikkei gained 1.4% as economists
are forecasting a rebound for the world's third largest economy in the current
quarter after coronavirus caseloads plummeted.
Markets in Europe fell. Germany's Dax shed 0.8% as Germany's parliament
elected Olaf Scholz as the country's ninth post-World War II chancellor,
opening a new era for the European Union's largest economy after Angela
Merkel's 16-year tenure.
Stocks have been mostly making gains since Monday following comments from
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House's chief medical adviser, who said early
indications suggested that omicron may be less dangerous than the delta variant.
"The generally more confident tone is a function of omicron news," said Liz
Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab. "Regardless of
what's happening, it's still amazing to see all the flip-flopping happening at
the sector level."
Markets had slipped the previous two weeks over several concerns, including
rising inflation, the newest coronavirus variant and how both issues could
impact economic growth. Choppiness in the market will likely persist through
December, she said.
Investors could get more insight into how the economy is faring later this
week and next week. On Friday, the Labor Department will give an update on how
rising prices are impacting consumers with the release of its Consumer Price
Index for November.
The Federal Reserve is scheduled to hold a two-day meeting of policymakers
next week that could offer an update on the central bank's plans to tackle
inflation. The Fed has said it plans to speed up the pace at which it trims its
bond purchases, which have helped keep interest rates low. That has raised
concerns that the Fed will raise its benchmark interest rates next year sooner