Stock market today: stocks slide as oil prices and bond yields continue to rise



US stocks were down on Tuesday as the stock market finally appears to be experiencing its “temper tantrum.”

“Ultimately the stock market is dragged down by the bond market this week and if we see bonds continue to fall (yields are climbing higher) that will cause growth stocks to underperform again and cause the market to fall. broad sense down while stabilizing yields would likely allow a rebound, ”wrote Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research.

A “taper tantrum” occurs when the Federal Reserve indicates that it will decrease or reduce the amount of bonds it purchases per month as the economy recovers and needs less support. The latter occurred in 2013, several years after the financial crisis, when the Fed decided to phase out its bond buying program. Less money entering the bond market lowers bond prices and increases bond yields. Higher yields on long-term bonds make future earnings less valuable, which in turn lowers stock prices.

The 10-year Treasury yield rose to 1.54% from 1.48% on Monday’s close, and is up from 1.31% last week. Bond yields began to climb after the Federal Reserve made it clear it would cut its bond purchases to zero by mid 2022.

Not only will the Fed end up withdrawing the $ 120 billion it is investing in the bond market within a year, but yields have been relatively low anyway. The rush in bond yields is not a huge surprise to some on Wall Street, as the yield is still below long-term inflation expectations above 2%, according to data from the St. Louis Fed. , making the bond less attractive to buy than if it offered a yield higher than inflation.

The blow to stock valuations from higher yields is especially painful for fast-growing tech stocks, as they are valued based on earnings growth many years into the future, making their valuations very sensitive to changes. long-term returns.

The Nasdaq 100, which contains 100 of the largest technology-intensive Nasdaq market caps, was down 2.5%.

(ticker: AMZN) fell 2.8%.

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(ZM) fell 4.4%.

Meanwhile, bank stocks have not fallen as sharply as the broader market, with the

SPDR S&P Bank Exchange Traded Fund

(KBE) down just 0.4%. When long-term bond yields rise faster than short-term interest rates, banks can lend at higher rates while continuing to borrow at low rates, thereby increasing short-term profitability.

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The US consumer confidence index fell to 109.3 in September, the Conference Board reported on Tuesday, falling to a 7-month low.

The political debate over the US debt ceiling and the impending government shutdown have added even more dark clouds to the market. US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell addresses lawmakers, as well as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Yellen warned the Treasury would default on its loans if lawmakers did not suspend or increase the debt ceiling by October 18.

While the stock market decline is alarming, investors will be watching if the S&P 500 falls to its 100-day moving average, a key technical level. If it falls below this level, it indicates that investors are losing even more confidence. If buyers are intervening at this level, it is a positive sign for the market.

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The pan-European Stoxx 600 is down 2.2%.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 fell 0.2%, in line with other Asian stocks outside China, where industrial production is under pressure due to an electricity crisis and prospects for economic growth are unfavorable. Goldman Sachs and Nomura both lowered their forecasts for Chinese growth in 2021.

Here are 11 actions in motion on Tuesday:


The stock (MRK) rose 0.2% after the announcement of the acquisition of a drugmaker

Acceleron Pharma

(XLRN) which saw its stock rise by 2.3%.

United natural foods

The stock (UNFI) gained 21% after posting profit of $ 1.18 per share, beating estimates of 80 cents per share, on sales of $ 6.7 billion, below expectations of 6.8 billions of dollars.

Thor Industries

The stock (THO) rose 8.5% after posting profit of $ 2.88 per share, beating estimates of $ 2.14 per share, on revenue of $ 3.6 billion , higher than expectations of 3.3 billion dollars.

Applied materials

The stock (AMAT) fell 6.8% after being demoted to Neutral Buy on New Street.


(F) was 3.2% higher, following a 1.2% jump on Monday. The auto giant was spurred on by rising bond yields and on Monday announced the largest manufacturing investment in its 118-year history, spending $ 11.4 billion in spending to boost electric vehicle battery manufacturing .


(SAN.France) fell 0.5% in Paris, as it announced it would stop development of its Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.

Rising crude prices continue to stimulate major oil companies, with


(BP.UK) up 1.6% and

Royal Dutch Shell

(RDSA.UK) up 1.1% in London, and


(TTE.France) up 1.1% in Paris.


(EZJ.UK) fell 3.5% in London, after the company announced that its £ 1.2bn ($ 1.6bn) rights issue was 93% underwritten.

Write to Jacob Sonenshine at [email protected]


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