Dow Futures Soar More Than 100 Points After Senate Passes $ 1.9 Trillion Covid Aid Bill
Traders work on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
The Dow futures rose on Sunday evening as a new stimulus package from Washington headed for the final passage this week.
Futures contracts linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 155 points, or 0.5%. Those for the S&P 500 rose 0.4% while those for the Nasdaq 100 were flat, suggesting that recent underperformance in technology stocks may continue Monday.
The move into the future came after the Senate passed a $ 1.9 trillion economic relief and incentive bill on Saturday that paved the way for an increase in unemployment benefits, another round of economic reviews, and aid to government and local governments paved. The Democratic-controlled house is expected to pass the law later this week. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill before the unemployment benefits programs expire on March 14th.
The new round of government spending could ripple the US financial market, where the 10-year benchmark yield has risen sharply in recent weeks. The yield rose to 1.62% on Friday after falling below the 1% mark in the calendar year. It was trading at around 1.59% on Sunday evening.
The rapid movement of the tagged bond has also unsettled equity investors and contributed to the weakness of stocks with high valuations.
“Ten-year returns have finally caught up with other asset markets. This is putting pressure on valuations, especially for the most expensive stocks that had nosebleed ratings,” said Mike Wilson, chief US equity strategist at Morgan Stanley, in a note .
The stock market pulled through an afternoon rally on Friday that took some of the sting out of a difficult week for soaring momentum names. The tech-heavy Nasdaq ended the week down 2.1% while the S&P 500 rose 0.8%. The Dow, which relied more on cyclical stocks, rose 1.8%.
Friday’s turnaround doesn’t signal that the market’s recent weakness is over, but the divergence between technical and cyclical games shows that the bullish history remains intact, Morgan Stanley’s Wilson said.
“The bull market is still under the hood, with value and cyclicals leading the way. Growth stocks can rejoin the party once the valuation correction and repositioning are complete,” said Wilson.
In economic terms, investors will take a look at wholesale inventory data on Monday starting in January. Several economic measures in recent weeks have shown the recovery is accelerating, including a better-than-expected February job report released on Friday.