US Stocks Open Higher Tuesday 06/02 09:51
U.S. stock indexes are moving higher in early trading Tuesday, following
broad gains in global markets as investors hope that the gradual lifting of
coronavirus lockdown mandates will put economies ravaged by the outbreak on the
path to recovery.
(AP) -- U.S. stock indexes are moving higher in early trading Tuesday,
following broad gains in global markets as investors hope that the gradual
lifting of coronavirus lockdown mandates will put economies ravaged by the
outbreak on the path to recovery.
The S&P 500 was up 0.4%, adding to gains from the day before. Financial,
industrial and other stocks that would stand to benefit the most from a growing
economy moved higher. Energy companies also rose as the price of crude oil
headed higher. Bond yields were mostly higher, another sign of ebbing pessimism
The modest gains have the S&P 500 on track for a three-day winning streak,
extending the benchmark index's remarkable two-month rally off a steep skid in
February and March as broad swaths of the U.S. economy ground to a halt due to
the coronavirus pandemic.
So far, Wall Street's momentum has not been derailed by the wave of daily
unrest across the U.S. that began last week in Minneapolis as a protest over
police brutality. Cities across the country have been rocked by violence and
destruction for seven days in a row, spurring threats from the White House to
send troops in to put down the unrest.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 189 points, or 0.7%, to 25,668. The
Nasdaq composite was up 0.2%. Smaller company stocks had some of the biggest
gains in the early going. The Russell 2000 index was up 0.8%.
NASA astronauts launched into space by SpaceX on Saturday rang the opening
bell from the International Space Station early Tuesday to kick off trading on
the New York Stock Exchange.
Stocks have now recouped most of their losses after the initial economic
fallout from the coronavirus knocked the market into a breathtaking 34% skid in
February and March. The S&P 500 is now down just under 10% from its all-time
high in February.
Investors are hoping that the worst of the recession has already passed, or
will soon, as governments around the country and around the world slowly lift
restrictions meant to corral the outbreak.
In Europe, France's CAC 40 jumped 2.1% Tuesday as the country opened
restaurants, cafes, parks and beaches and launched a contract tracing app to
help keep tabs on new contagions. Germany's DAX, which had been closed Monday,
caught up with previous global markets' gains and surged 3.7%. Britain's FTSE
100 added 0.9%. Markets in Asia closed broadly higher.
While more countries and sectors are reopening, activity is expected to
remain subdued as social distancing rules complicate plans to get back to
business. And fears persist about a possible resurgence in coronavirus
outbreaks in some countries. There were 34 new confirmed cases in Tokyo on
Tuesday, seeming to reaffirm growing risks as people begin to mingle more in
crowded commuter trains with the re-openings of more offices, schools,
restaurants and stores. The daily numbers had dropped below 20 recently.
Bond yields were mostly higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to
0.67% from 0.66% late Monday.
Oil prices rose. Benchmark U.S. crude oil for July delivery was up 1.9% to
$36.10 a barrel. Brent crude oil for August delivery rose 2% to $39.09 a barrel.