Stocks Extend Weekly Advance After Economic Data: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Stocks climbed, led by technology companies, after economic data bolstered optimism that a recovery from a pandemic-induced recession is on track. Treasuries and the dollar rose.

The S&P 500 notched its fourth straight weekly rally — the longest winning streak this year — to close at a fresh record. A sense of calm has prevailed amid light volume: It’s been 21 sessions since the gauge posted a drop of more than 1%. Apple Inc. jumped ahead of the record date of a 4-for-1 stock split on Monday. Deere & Co., the largest maker of agricultural machinery, surged after boosting its outlook. Homebuilders soared as data showed sales of previously owned homes rose the most on record in July.

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Governments around the world are still walking a tightrope between easing coronavirus lockdowns to revive economic growth, and controlling any resurgence of Covid-19. Florida’s positive-test rate stabilized, cases and deaths fell in Arizona while and New York reported the fewest number of hospitalized patients since March 16. Meanwhile, Europe is grappling with a spike of infections, with little appetite among top officials to resort to stringent restrictions that helped control the spread earlier this year.

“We had a couple months where the virus was scary and confusing. And then we had our initial economic rebound,” said Lauren Goodwin, economist and multi-asset portfolio strategist at New York Life Investments. “Now investors are looking at the marketplace and saying, ‘What will the recovery look like?’”

These are some of the main moves in markets:

Stocks

The S&P 500 advanced 0.3% as of 4 p.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 0.2%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index gained 0.8%.

Currencies

The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index climbed 0.3%.The euro dipped 0.5% to $1.1796.The Japanese yen was little changed at 105.84 per dollar.

Bonds

The yield on 10-year Treasuries dipped two basis points to 0.63%.Germany’s 10-year yield fell one basis point to -0.51%.Britain’s 10-year yield decreased two basis points to 0.206%.

Commodities

The Bloomberg Commodity Index dipped 0.5%.West Texas Intermediate crude dipped 1.3% to $42.25 a barrel.Gold weakened 0.4% to $1,939.04 an ounce.

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