S&P 500 Snaps 3-Day Losing Streak as Tech Reigns Supreme

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By Yasin Ebrahim – The S&P 500 climbed Thursday, as a rally in chips and mega-cap tech triggered bullish bets on stocks.

The S&P 500 rose 1.06%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.55%, or 188 points, and the Nasdaq Composite gained 1.77%.

Tech was up more than 1% amid improving investor appetite for growth following weeks of pressure.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Google-parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and (NASDAQ:AMZN) closed higher.

The iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (NASDAQ:SOXX) continued to rack up gains, with Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Marvell Technology (NASDAQ:MRVL) among the leaders.

Tech was also boosted by a slip in United States 10-Year as some have pushed out their bets on when the Federal Reserve will begin to announce plans to rein in its monthly bond purchases.

The April Fed minutes released Wednesday showed that Fed policymakers were starting to think about broaching the topic of tapering bond purchases at upcoming meetings. But the April meeting arrived before the weak jobs numbers, and that could potentially cool some “taper talk: among members.

“April payrolls surprised markedly to the downside, and the March print was revised lower, so the view on tapering among FOMC participants, which was conditional on “continued…rapid progress” may have been updated as well,” Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) said in a note.

But rates are expected to pick-up steam once again, and that could exacerbate the rotation from growth to value as investors sell tech stocks to make room for cyclical stocks.

“[W]e continue to believe that real rates will rise […] and as we’ve seen earlier this year, when real rates rise, growth stocks with extended multiples tend to contract,” said David Wagner, portfolio manager at Aptus Capital Advisors, in an interview Thursday with “There appears to be more downside for growth stocks than value right now so I believe that growth will continue to be a source of funds.”

“If we continue to see heightened inflation expectations and an increase in the yield curve, we could really see this value run extending for much longer,” Wagner added.

Energy, meanwhile, was one of the only sectors to end in the red, paced by a decline in oil prices as investors continue to fret about an influx of global supply as Iran is close to securing a nuclear deal.

S&P 500 Snaps 3-Day Losing Streak as Tech Reigns Supreme

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