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US STOCKS-Dow reaches all-time high on commodity surge; S&P, Nasdaq drop

05/10/2021 14:39
US STOCKS-Dow reaches all-time high on commodity surge; S&P, Nasdaq drop

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Materials, energy stocks rise on supply concerns

Inflation worries grow as metal prices reach record highs

Tech-related stocks pull Nasdaq lower

Indexes: Dow up 0.66%, S&P off 0.26%, Nasdaq down 1.83%

Updates to late afternoon, changes dateline, byline

By Stephen Culp

- Wall Street was mixed on Monday, with economically sensitive cyclical shares advancing as investors shifted their bets in favor of stocks that stand to benefit most as the economy reopens and the consumer, flush with stimulus and savings, brings demand roaring back to life.

Tech shares reversed Friday's gains, pulling the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq into negative territory, while industrial and healthcare shares set the blue-chip Dow on course for its fourth consecutive all-time closing high.

"You continue to see this rotation between tech-plus and cyclicals, and certainly the spike in inflation of input costs benefits cyclicals in terms of pricing," said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment strategist at Inverness Counsel in New York.

Booming demand is colliding with tight supply in basic materials, helping stoke fears of inflation.

Copper and aluminum touched record highs, boosting shares of Alcoa AA.N and United States Steel X.N by 2.6% and 4.7%, respectively. MET/L

The S&P Materials index .SPLRCM reached an all-time high.

The break-even rate on five-year and 10-year U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) touched their highest levels since 2011 and 2013, respectively.

"The Fed has talked a lot about a temporary spike in inflation, that it will be temporary," Ghriskey added. "But the financial markets are clearly concerned about it."

Those concerns will be in the minds of investors when the Labor Department releases its latest CPI report on Wednesday.

A shutdown to halt a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline entered its fourth day, hobbling a network which transports nearly half of the East Coast's fuel supplies. nL1N2MX0S1

Energy shares .SPNY were last up 1.5%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 229.72 points, or 0.66%, to 35,007.48, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 11.09 points, or 0.26%, to 4,221.51 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 251.02 points, or 1.83%, to 13,501.21.

Of the 11 major sectors in the S&P 500, eight were green, with utilities .SPLRCU leading the charge. Tech was the biggest loser, down 1.8%.

First-quarter reporting season has entered the home stretch, with 439 of the companies in the S&P 500 having reported as of Friday. Of those, 87% have beaten consensus expectations, according to Refinitiv IBES.

Analysts now see year-on-year S&P earnings growth of 50.4% on aggregate, more than double the rate forecast at the beginning of April and significantly better than the 16% first-quarter growth expected on January 1, per Refinitiv

Hotel operator Marriott International Inc MAR.O missed quarterly profit and revenue expectations due to weak U.S. bookings which offset a rebound in China. Its shares fell 3.4%. nL4N2MX2RB

Its rival Wynn Resorts Ltd WYNN.O is expected to report after the bell.

Electric vehicle stocks put on the brakes, with Tesla Inc TSLA.O down 5.6% and Fisker off 9.0% after Workhorse Group WKHS.O missed quarterly revenue expectations. nL1N2MX1K8 nL4N2MX3ET

FireEye FEYE.O rose 1.9% after industry sources identified the cybersecurity firm as among those helping Colonial Pipeline recover from the recent cyberattack.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.08-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.82-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

The S&P 500 posted 221 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 203 new highs and 122 new lows.


(Reporting by Stephen Culp;
Additional reporting by Medha Singh and Sruthi Shankar in Bangalore; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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