U.S. stocks were on track to end the week on a positive note, with the S&P 500 edging further into record territory a day after data showed inflation continues to run hot.
What are major benchmarks doing?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average
rose 119.50 points, or 0.4%, to 34,585.74.
The S&P 500
gained 8.08 points, or 0.2%, to trade at 4,247.26.
The Nasdaq Composite
ticked up 9.75 points, or 0.1%, to 14,030.08.
On Thursday, stocks ended higher, with the S&P 500 gaining 0.5% to close at a record, taking out its previous all-time high finish set on May 7. The Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out a gain of 19.10 points, or 0.1%, while the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.8%.
What’s driving the market?
Stocks and government bonds were building on a Thursday rally that came despite data showing the rate of U.S. consumer inflation over the past year escalated to a 13-year high of 5% from 4.2% in the prior month. That put it at the highest level since 2008, when the cost of oil hit a record $150 a barrel. Before that, the last time inflation was as high was in 1991.
“Could it mean that the market is wrong expecting an imminent downturn in inflation in the coming months?,” asked Ipek Ozkardeskaya, senior analyst at Swissquote Bank.
“It could be, but the market remains firm on its position: inflation should ease shortly as two leading factors, the secondhand car prices, which explain a part of the current jump in U.S. CPI, should ease, and energy and commodity [prices] should consolidate, and ideally pull back from their multiyear high levels,” she said in a note.
That helps explain why the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield
slumped below 1.45% despite the inflation rise, the analyst said.
Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of senators — five Democrats and five Republicans — are pushing an infrastructure plan with $579 billion in new spending as negotiators try to strike a nearly $1 trillion deal on President Joe Biden’s top priority, according to those briefed on the plan.
Talks between Biden and Senate Republicans broke down earlier this week.
The U.S. economic calendar is light following Thursday’s data fireworks. A preliminary June consumer sentiment index reading is due at 10 a.m. Eastern.
Which companies are in focus?
Shares of Chewy Inc.
fell 1.7% after the pet-products retailer surprised Wall Street late Thursday with a quarterly profit, but said it was facing labor shortages and supply problems that had led it to run out of some items.
Meme stocks remained in focus, with shares of AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc.
up 5.7%, after falling 22.2% over the past two sessions. The stock and other meme stocks, took a hit Thursday after GameStop Corp.
disclosed that the Securities and Exchange Commission was looking into the “trading activity” around its stock and those of other companies. GameStop’s stock rose 2.5% after tumbling 27.2% on Thursday.
What are other markets doing?
The yield on the 10-year Treasury note
was down 0.9 basis point at 1.454%. Yields and bond prices move in opposite directions.
The ICE U.S. Dollar Index
a measure of the currency against a basket of six major rivals, rose 0.3%.
Oil futures traded edged higher, with the U.S. benchmark
up 0.2% at $70.46 a barrel. Gold futures
edged lower, down 0.6% at $1,885.70 an ounce.
European equities rose, with the pan-Continental Stoxx Europe 600
rising 0.7% and London’s FTSE 100
In Asia, the Shanghai Composite
fell 0.6%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index
gained 0.4% and Japan’s Nikkei 225
saw a fractional loss.