U.S. equity futures are trading lower heading into the Tuesday Wall Street session after a selloff in U.S. Treasury bonds eased. (Nicole Pereira/New York Stock Exchange via AP)
Stocks turned lower in late February after a rapid rise in bond yields, caused by a fall in their market price, fueled concerns about higher inflation. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note climbed as high as 1.5%. It was at 1.41% on Tuesday.
Bond yields influence rates on mortgages and other borrowing.
They have climbed as investors bet coronavirus vaccination efforts would get economic growth back on track. That fueled concerns about inflation and prompted investors to move money out of bonds and into stocks and other assets that do better when consumer prices rise.
Investors are looking for more information about the U.S. economic outlook when Federal Reserve officials deliver speeches this week. Lael Brainard, an advocate for looser monetary policies, will give a monetary policy speech on Tuesday and Fed Chair Jerome Powell speaks Thursday.
BANK STOCK RALLY IN DANGER OF HITTING THE SKIDS
They also are watching Washington after the House of Representatives approved President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion economic aid package early Saturday and sent it to the Senate. It includes one-time payments to the public and aid to struggling businesses and local governments.
Johnson & Johnson rose 0.5% after the Food and Drug Administration approved the company’s coronavirus vaccine, one that does not require extremely cold refrigeration like the ones made by Moderna and Pfizer.
Support Our News Campaign
Shop our Store
Click Here To Shop
Meanwhile, Asian stock markets declined Tuesday after Wall Street rose as a wave of investor concern about possible higher interest rates receded.
Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney declined. Seoul advanced.
GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE
“Asian markets appear to be taking a breather this morning, having led the global equity recovery yesterday,” Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a report.
Also Tuesday, Australia’s central bank left its policy unchanged at its March meeting.
Meanwhile, Japan reported employment rose despite a state of emergency to cope with renewed coronavirus outbreaks and South Korea reported higher factory output.
The Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.5% to 3,497.78 and the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo declined 0.9% to 29,384.85. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong declined 1.5% to 29,020.46.
The Kospi in Seoul advanced 0.4% to 3,024.16 after the government reported factory production increased by a better-than-forecast 7.5% in January over a year earlier, up from December’s 2.5%.
The S&P-ASX 200 in Sydney was off 0.4% at 6,762.30. India’s Sensex opened up 0.4% at 50,021.56. New Zealand and Southeast Asian markets rose.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS
In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude fell 79 cents to $59.85 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract sank 86 cents to $60.64 on Monday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, retreated 81 cents to $62.88 per barrel in London. It declined 73 cents the previous session to $63.69 per barrel.
The dollar advanced to 106.85 yen from Monday’s 106.81 yen. The euro fell to $1.2021 from $1.2047.
Subscribe to the newsletter news
We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe