fog.png
Sunday November 29th, 2020 8:23AM

US stocks recover, oil prices sink as Iran-US tensions ease

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks snapped higher on Wall Street and oil prices sank following signs that the U.S. and Iran were backing away from the edge of war. The rally capped a whirlwind of reversals. Markets around the world initially reeled early Wednesday after Iran fired missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house U.S. troops, retaliation for a U.S. drone strike that killed an Iranian general. The S&P 500 rose 15 points, or 0.5%, to 3,253. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 161 points, or 0.6%, to 28,745. The Nasdaq added 60 points, or 0.7%, to 9,129, a record. Bond prices fell, sending yields higher.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

U.S. stocks climbed toward records Wednesday on hopes that the United States and Iran were backing away from the edge of war.

The rally capped a whirlwind of reversals in markets around the world. Investments initially reeled early Wednesday after Iran fired missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house U.S. troops, retaliation for a U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general last week.

Gold soared as dollars poured into safer investments, crude oil jumped on expectations that a possible war would damage supplies and the futures market suggested U.S. stocks were set to drop sharply as soon as trading opened in New York. But the selling abated as reports suggested no Americans died and after Iran’s foreign minister said his country had concluded “proportionate measures in self-defense.”

When trading opened, the S&P 500 pushed modestly higher, and it nearly tripled its gain after President Donald Trump confirmed that no Americans were hurt and that Iran “appears to be standing down.” Trump suggested adding economic sanctions on Iran, but he added that the U.S. is “ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.” That fit with the market's hopes that no further escalations may be on the way, at least for now.

Not only did stocks climb, crude oil slumped sharply and gold fell for the first time in 11 days. Treasury yields rose in a sign of optimism, and a measure of fear in the stock market eased lower.

The stock market has historically bounced back quickly from geopolitical shocks, such as Friday's U.S. killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, as long as they don't result in a war and recession, said Linda Duessel, senior equity strategist at Federated Investors.

“Geopolitical shocks have resulted in sharp, short pullbacks, much of which is recovered in the next few months, and I suspect everyone in this business knows that data point and uses any opportunity to buy up stocks," she said.

With central banks around the world pushing stimulus and U.S. households remaining resilient amid a solid job market, she said she thinks the U.S. economy is likely to keep growing unless an actual war breaks out or inflation unexpectedly bursts higher.

“You don't get into trouble in the market unless recession is on the horizon,” she said, “and we have a very hard time putting together a scenario where we have a recession anytime soon.”

KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 was up 0.6% at 3,258.02, as of 2:30 pm. Eastern time. If it stays that high, it would top its prior record of 3,257.85 set last week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 197 points, or 0.7%, to 28,780, and the Nasdaq composite added 0.8%.

SHARP REVERSALS: Benchmark U.S. crude jumped as high as $65.65 per barrel in overnight trading, when worries about possible disruptions to oil supplies were at their peak. But the price sank through the day, with losses accelerating after a U.S. government report showed that the amount of oil supplies in inventories rose last week.

Benchmark U.S. crude fell $3.09, or 4.9%, to settle at $59.61. Brent crude, the international standard, lost $2.95, or 4.4%, to $65.36 per barrel.

Gold sank $14.40 to settle at $1,557.40 per ounce. It had climbed as high as $1,604.20 per ounce in overnight trading.

MARKETS OVERSEAS: Stock indexes slumped sharply in Asia, but the selling eased up as trading moved westward through the day.

Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 1.6%, South Korea's Kopsi dropped 1.1% and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong fell 0.8%.

In Europe, Germany's DAX returned 0.7%, and France's CAC 40 rose 0.3%. The FTSE 100 in London was virtually flat.

YIELDS: The yield on the 10-year Treasury sank as low as 1.70% when worries were at their height, but they climbed through the day and were at 1.87% in afternoon trading, up from 1.82% late Tuesday.

The two-year yield rose to 1.57% from 1.53%, and the 30-year yield climbed to 2.36% from 2.30%. Treasury yields tend to move higher with investor optimism about the economy's prospects.

WEAK RESULTS: Walgreens fell 5.8 % after reporting a disappointing 25% drop in profit during its fiscal first quarter on weak sales growth. The world’s largest drugstore chain is going through a cost-cutting program and expects earnings to be flat this year.

JET CONCERNS: Boeing fell 1.4% after one of its 737-800 aircraft flown by Ukraine International Airlines crashed in Iran shortly after takeoff, killing all on board. The cause of the crash is under investigation. It occurred after Iran fired missiles at U.S. bases in Iraq. Boeing is also still dealing with the grounding of its 737-Max jets because of catastrophic technical issues.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Business, AP Business - Economy, AP Business - Financial Markets, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Utilities
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Judge weighs bid to stop Trump's refugee resettlement limit
A federal judge in Maryland is weighing whether to block a presidential executive order allowing state and local governments to reject refugees
4:39PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Weinstein lawyers want judge off rape case over texting jabs
A second day of jury selection in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial has wrapped up in what is expected to be a lengthy process
4:36PM ( 7 minutes ago )
'Ugly Betty' co-creator Silvio Horta dies in Miami at 45
Award-winning producer Silvio Horta has died at 45
4:33PM ( 10 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
US stocks recover, oil prices sink as Iran-US tensions ease
Stocks snapped higher on Wall Street and oil prices sank following signs that the U.S. and Iran were backing away from the edge of war
4:07PM ( 36 minutes ago )
Outfielder Shogo Akiyama wanted to make history with Reds
Shogo Akiyama knew the Cincinnati Reds were the only Major League Baseball team that never had a player born in Japan
3:44PM ( 59 minutes ago )
CES tech show: Voice for the gas pump, sensors for the plant
Those who have Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant in their cars will be able to drive into Exxon and Mobil stations later this year and say, “Alexa, pay for gas
3:35PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
US, Iran step back from the brink; Trump opts for sanctions
The U.S. and Iran stepped back from the brink of possible war Wednesday, as President Donald Trump indicated he would not respond militarily after no one was harmed in Iran's missile strike on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops
2:51PM ( 1 hour ago )
Trump vows new sanctions on already heavily sanctioned Iran
President Donald Trump says his administration will immediately impose new economic sanctions on Iran in response to Iranian missile strikes on U.S. bases in Iraq
1:41PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Business - Economy
The Latest: UAE minister sees no oil shortage amid tensions
The energy minister of the United Arab Emirates says he sees no immediate shortages in oil supplies, but that OPEC will be called in if there is an issue
12:43AM ( 16 hours ago )
Report: Ransomware takes down online currency exchange
A week after a malicious virus infected its network, the London-based foreign currency exchange company Travelex has yet to restore digital sales
7:52PM ( 20 hours ago )
AP Business - Financial Markets
Leaders of Turkey, Russia urge Jan. 12 cease-fire in Libya
Turkey and Russia have called for a Jan. 12 cease-fire in war-torn Libya while European Union officials intensified diplomatic efforts to cool tensions in the North African nation by holding talks with its prime minister
2:48PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP FACT CHECK: Trump minimizes IS risk, distorts Iran payout
President Donald Trump has delivered remarks from the White House about the dangerous U.S.-Iranian brinkmanship of recent days
2:42PM ( 2 hours ago )
California could mandate backup power at cell phone towers
California's preemptive power shutoffs to prevent wildfires have affected more than just lights
12:52PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Business - Industries
The Latest: Iraq's presidency condemns Iran missile strikes
Iraq's presidency has condemned Iranian missile strikes on two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. troops, reiterating its rejection of breaches of Iraq's sovereignty
8:58AM ( 7 hours ago )
The Latest: NATO leader condemns Iran's missile strike
The NATO secretary general has condemned Iran's missile strike against U.S. forces in Iraq
8:37AM ( 8 hours ago )
The Latest: Cyprus OKs US request to deploy evacuation team
An official says the Cyprus government has approved a U.S. request to temporarily deploy a "rapid reaction" team to help evacuate personnel from U.S. diplomatic missions in nearby countries if needed
8:18AM ( 8 hours ago )
AP Business - Utilities
Judge weighs bid to stop Trump's refugee resettlement limit
A federal judge in Maryland is weighing whether to block a presidential executive order allowing state and local governments to reject refugees
4:39PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Weinstein lawyers want judge off rape case over texting jabs
A second day of jury selection in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial has wrapped up in what is expected to be a lengthy process
4:36PM ( 7 minutes ago )
'Ugly Betty' co-creator Silvio Horta dies in Miami at 45
Award-winning producer Silvio Horta has died at 45
4:33PM ( 10 minutes ago )
Kitchens get smarter at CES tech show, not yet in many homes
All the big companies that make your kitchen appliances are at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas to show off their latest cooking technology
4:25PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Moon river: Rocket part ferried on the mighty Mississippi
It was a Mardi Gras-style celebration as a recently completed key component of a new rocket system was loaded on a Mississippi River barge in New Orleans
4:24PM ( 20 minutes ago )