Stocks rose and benchmark Treasury yields retreated for a second day amid optimism the economy will continue to benefit from government support.

Technology shares led gains, with the Nasdaq 100 outperforming the benchmark S&P 500. Intel Corp. jumped 7 per cent after the chipmaker named a new chief executive. Treasury received strong demand for a second consecutive day at a government debt sale, helping to send yields down from the highest levels since March.

“Investors continue to focus on growing expectations for increased fiscal spending and promising economic prospects as the vaccine rolls out later this year,” said Ryan Nauman, market strategist at Informa Financial Intelligence’s Zephyr. “It’s all about resiliency here right now and equity markets continue to overlook and not be phased by all the chaos that’s out there.”

In Washington, the House of Representatives is voting to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time. A Senate trial for Trump won’t likely get under way before his term ends on Jan. 20.

In Europe, European Central Bank council member Francois Villeroy de Galhau said the ECB will keep an easy stance for as long as needed, and U.S. investors took comfort from remarks by two Federal Reserve officials that pushed back on the possibility of tapering bond purchases anytime soon.

“Coordinated comments from Fed governors” are helping to deflate bond yields, said Deutsche Bank AG strategists including Jim Reid in a note to clients. “We’ve only had seven business days this year and we’ve already had a full 360-degree tapering debate played out by the Fed.”

Europe’s Stoxx 600 was flat, with losses in banks and travel shares outweighing M&A announcements. Among the day’s winners, French grocer Carrefour SA rallied after Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the convenience-store giant that owns the Circle K chain, said it’s exploring a transaction.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 outperformed, reaching a record in dollar terms. Equities also ticked up in South Korea, while Hong Kong shares were flat.

Oil fell as a stronger dollar and rising refined products supplies offset shrinking U.S. crude supplies, capping the price under a key technical indicator.

Here are some key events coming up:

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. are among firms due to report earnings.
  • U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to lay out proposals for fiscal support on Thursday.
  • Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell takes part in a webinar on Thursday.
  • U.S. initial jobless claims data are due Thursday.
  • U.S. retail sales, industrial production, business inventories and consumer sentiment figures are due Friday.

These are some of the main moves in markets:


  • The S&P 500 Index climbed 0.3 per cent to 3,809.84 as of 4:02 p.m. New York time.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 0.1 per cent to 31,060.47.
  • The Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 0.5 per cent to 13,128.95.
  • The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 0.1 per cent to 409.07.
  • The MSCI All-Country World Index rose 0.3 per cent to 661.44.


  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index gained 0.2 per cent to 1,122.79.
  • The euro decreased 0.4 per cent to US$1.2157.
  • The British pound fell 0.3 per cent to US$1.3634.
  • The Japanese yen weakened 0.1 per cent to 103.87 per dollar.


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries dipped four basis points to 1.09 per cent, the biggest decrease in five weeks.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield decreased five basis points to -0.52 per cent, the largest dip in seven months.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield fell five basis points to 0.307 per cent, the first retreat in more than a week and the biggest drop in more than a month.


  • West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.6 per cent to US$52.88 a barrel, the first retreat in more than a week and the largest fall in a week.
  • Silver weakened 1.5 per cent to US$25.25 per ounce.