US stocks staged a powerful rally to end the week as investors bargain-hunted beaten-down stocks impacted by uncertainty over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose over 834 points or 2.5% putting the benchmark on pace of the best day since late 2020. However, for the week it closed fractionally lower.
|I:DJI||DOW JONES AVERAGE||34058.75||+834.92||+2.51%|
The S&P 500 rose 2.2% in a broad rally led by materials and finances.
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|XLB||MATERIALS SELECT SECTOR SPDR ETF||84.34||+2.97||+3.65%|
|XLF||FINANCIAL SELECT SECTOR SPDR ETF||39.10||+1.22||+3.22%|
While the Nasdaq Composite added 1.6% helped by large-cap tech leaders Apple, Amazon and Microsoft.
|I:COMP||NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX||13694.624381||+221.04||+1.64%|
The 10-year Treasury yield sat at 1.97% on Friday.
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Oil prices bounced between gains and losses as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine raised concerns about global supply. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) closed at $91.59 per barrel, while global benchmark Brent Crude closed at $97.93 a barrel.
|USO||UNITED STATES OIL FUND LP||65.80||-0.54||-0.81%|
|BNO||UNITED STS BRENT OIL FD LP UNIT||26.28||-0.23||-0.87%|
Gold ended at $1,886.50 after hitting a fresh 52-week high 24 hours prior.
|GLD||SPDR GOLD SHARES TRUST – EUR ACC||176.55||-0.59||-0.33%|
In earnings Footlocker shares declined after delivering a weaker 2022 forecast as the benefit from spending powered by government stimulus checks ended. Nike, which provides the retailer with 75% of its product, rose.
|FL||FOOT LOCKER INC.||07/29||-12.34||-29.80%|
Zynga shares rose after its board approved its pending combination with Take-Two Interactive in a deal valued at $12.7 billion.
|TTWO||TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE INC.||165.28||+1.90||+1.16%|
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Bitcoin was traded around $39,000 as the equity markets closed.
In economic news, personal spending jumped 2.1% month over month, reversing a slide of 0.6% in December. Core personal consumption expenditures, which remove volatile food and energy prices, rose 0.6% month over month in January.
Personal income was unchanged while the year-over-year change in core PCE, which is the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation, shot up 5.2%, the highest reading in more than 38 years.
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In Durable Goods, new orders for manufactured big-ticket items rose a seasonally adjusted 1.6% month over month in January, reversing a larger than expected decline of 0.7% the prior month. If you factor out the transportation component, orders are rose 0.7% after a 0.6% pop in December.
Consumer confidence improved with the University of Michigan’s final index of consumer sentiment for February rising to 62.8.
In housing, more evidence of a slowdown as the National Association of Realtors’ index of pending home sales for January cratered 5.7%.
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FOX Business’ Ken Martin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.