Market Update: Thursday, March 2, 2017

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  • Stocks pause after best trading day of the year. (10:10am ET) Global equities are mixed this morning after major U.S. indexes posted their largest gains of the year on Wednesday, spiking more than 1%; the Dow leapt over the 21,000 mark. Also in focus is the recent surge in expectations for a rate hike when the FOMC meets later this month, having gone from roughly 30% on Tuesday to near 80% this morning following speeches from several Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) governors; Fed Chair Yellen and Vice Chair Fischer are slated to speak tomorrow. Overseas markets took a similar approach in Thursday’s session as performance in Asia varied with the Nikkei gaining 0.9% on the heels of continued dollar strength, while the Shanghai Composite (-0.5%) and Hang Seng (-0.2%) fell. In Europe, the STOXX 600 is near flat as investors digest inflation figures that came in above the European Central Bank’s 2% target, though a rise in non-core energy prices accounted for much of the increase. Elsewhere, WTI crude oil ($53.02/barrel) is pulling back after data showed U.S. stockpiles hit an all-time high, COMEX gold ($1238/oz.) is slipping, and yields on the 10-year Treasury are moving higher after a sharp jump yesterday; currently near 2.49%.

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  • Finally, a 1% close higher. The S&P 500 jumped 1.4% to a new all-time high and this was the first 1% close (higher or lower) since the day after the U.S. election (55 trading days). That was the longest streak without a 1% close higher or lower since 62 during the summer of 2016. Since 1970, there have been six other streaks that went at least 50 days without a 1% close higher or lower. Three of those ended with a gain and three ended with a loss. After the 1% gains, the S&P was up 1.5% a month later and up 3.1% three months later, on average. How about when the streak ended with a 1% drop? On average, the index was up 0.7% a month later and up 0.8% three months later. The S&P still hasn’t closed 1% lower for 96 consecutive days, its longest streak since 105 in 1995.

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  • China: National People’s Congress Meeting Begins in Beijing

 

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