Wall Street rallies on hopes of global economic stimulus

NEW YORK: US stocks climbed on Monday as reports of stimulus efforts in China and Germany calmed fears of a severe downturn in the global economy that were stoked last week as bond yields fell. The benchmark S&P 500 has recovered most of its losses following Wednesday’s brief inversion of the yield curve between 2-year and 10-year Treasuries, commonly viewed as an indicator of a recession within the next two years.

After falling nearly 3 percent on Wednesday, the S&P 500 has risen for the last three sessions. China’s central bank unveiled a key interest rate reform on Saturday to help steer borrowing costs lower for companies. On Sunday, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz suggested that Berlin could make available up to 50 billion euros ($55 billion) of extra spending.

“Those are positive stories, and it’s fostered a risk-on environment that has persisted throughout the day,” said Michael O’Rourke, chief market strategist at JonesTrading in Greenwich, Connecticut. “Investors are glad to see that countries are recognising the risks out there.”

After the market close, the Washington Post reported that White House officials have discussed the possibility of a temporary payroll tax cut to spur the US economy, joining other global economic stimulus efforts.

Stocks also received a boost as Washington extended by 90 days the window during which China’s Huawei Technologies , blacklisted by the US government in May, can buy components from US companies to supply existing customers.

Shares of Apple Inc rose 1.9 percent to provide the biggest boost to the Nasdaq and the second-largest boost to the S&P 500 and the Dow. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he had spoken with Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook, who “made a good case” that tariffs could hurt Apple.

The S&P 500 technology index rose 1.6 percent, while the Philadelphia semiconductor index rose 1.9 percent.

“You’re really seeing some of the trade-sensitive names doing better,” said Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer of Independent Advisor Alliance in Charlotte, North Carolina. “It’s put a boost under risk assets today.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 249.78 points, or 0.96 percent, to 26,135.79, the S&P 500 gained 34.97 points, or 1.21 percent, to 2,923.65 and the Nasdaq Composite added 106.82 points, or 1.35 percent, to 8,002.81. – Reuters