Stock Futures Rise, Bond Yields Subdued: Stock Market Today

US stock futures rose Thursday morning after a strong performance on Wednesday.

Futures linked to the S&P 500 (^GSPC) were up 0.5% and futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) were up 0.6%. Contracts on the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) gained 0.5%.

Bond returns were mixed. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield was little changed. The dollar index fell to $104.

The S&P 500 closed up 1.4% on Wednesday from before the Silicon Valley bank fiasco. Real estate and technology were the best performing sectors, while gold and oil fell. Government bond returns were mixed while the Nasdaq 100 (^NDX), which tracks the 100 largest companies by market capitalization excluding those in the financial sector, is officially in a bull market.

Intel (INTC) stock was the biggest single gainer, jumping more than 7% after the company announced that its new server chips will launch sooner than expected.

Also on Wednesday, Fed Vice Chairman Michael Barr signaled that the Federal Reserve intends to maintain its stance in its “meeting-by-meeting assessment of interest rates” and that “incoming data” would continue to be analyzed. These comments were in line with Chairman Powell’s recent remarks, resulting in little change in market participants’ expected rate for the May meeting.

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 28: Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board for Supervision Michael S. Barr (R) testifies before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs March 28, 2023 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimonies on “New bank failures and the federal agency’s response.” (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

On the economic front, there’s a pulse check in the housing sector Thursday morning with releases on upcoming home sales and mortgage applications. On Thursday, initial jobless claims, final fourth-quarter GDP numbers and core personal spending will be released, which could provide a glimpse of the Fed’s next policy move.

Here are some trend ticker on Yahoo Finance:

  • Charles Schwab Corporation (BLACK): Morgan Stanley analyst Michael Cyprys downgraded his buy equivalent rating on Schwab for the first time since he began monitoring the brokerage firm over seven years ago.

  • RH (RH): The luxury home furniture company missed its sales and earnings last quarter. RH CEO Gary Friedman blamed the poor quarterly results on the Fed, inflation, the underperforming stock market and the banking crisis.

Dani Romero is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @daniromerotv

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