- US stocks rose on Monday, reversing earlier losses, as crude oil prices rallied for a fourth straight day. Energy and mega-cap tech stocks led the way higher.
- Investors shrugged off renewed concerns over a further escalation of the long-running conflict between the US and China.
- Airline stocks slipped after the famed investor Warren Buffett said over the weekend that he sold all his shares in the industry’s “big four” carriers.
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US stocks rose on Monday, reversing earlier losses, as crude oil prices rallied for a fourth straight day. Energy and mega-cap tech stocks led the way higher.
West Texas Intermediate crude futures expiring in June climbed as much as 6.2% before settling up 5.8%, at $20.92 per barrel. Brent crude, the international benchmark, gained 5.1%, to $27.78 per barrel. Both commodities are rebounding off recent lows spurred by a global demand crunch during the coronavirus pandemic.
Energy stocks were the biggest gainers in the benchmark S&P 500, while tech and utility firms also climbed more than 0.7%.
Here’s where US indexes stood at the 4 p.m. ET market close on Monday:
- S&P 500: 2,842.74, down 0.4%
- Dow Jones industrial average: 23,749.76, down 0.1% (26 points)
- Nasdaq composite: 8,710.71, up 1.2%
Monday’s gains came despite comments from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the weekend that stoked fears of further US-China conflict. He said there was “enormous evidence” that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab, though US intelligence officials and experts have said there’s no evidence to prove such a theory.
“Such statements indicate that Sino-American relations are about to get worse,” said Hussein Sayed, the chief market strategist at FXTM. “A close eye should be kept on how the situation between the two countries develops.”
Not all parts of the market closed in positive territory. Major airline stocks fell after Warren Buffett announced during Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting on Saturday that he’d sold all holdings in the industry’s “big four.” Delta Air Lines sank 5.8%, United Airlines fell 4.6%, American Airlines was down 7.9%, and Southwest Airlines declined 5.5%.
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Investors will be watching this week for further economic data showing the full impact of the coronavirus crisis on the US economy as some states relax lockdown measures. Last week, jobless claims came in at 3.8 million, bringing the six-week total to 30 million. This Friday, the April employment report is likely to show high unemployment and lost jobs.
Still, there may be relief ahead as some states begin to reopen their economies. Goldman Sachs thinks that the drop in economic activity has likely bottomed out and expects a recovery to take either a swift V shape or a softer U shape, depending on the timeline.
Investors will also continue to watch first-quarter earnings to see how companies fared in the earliest months of the coronavirus pandemic. So far, company earnings are poised to post their worst drop since 2009, according to Bank of America.
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