(Bloomberg) — U.S. stock futures rose as the Senate rejected a second challenge to the Electoral College votes for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, after police cleared out a mob that stormed the Capitol.
Contracts on the S&P 500 advanced 0.6% as of 6:40 a.m. in London. The U.S. Capitol was declared secure on Wednesday evening in Washington after law enforcement descended on it to quell chaos that had sent lawmakers scurrying for safety just two weeks before Biden is to be sworn in. Nasdaq 100 contracts climbed 0.8% and those on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were up 0.5%.
The cash market pared a gain that reached 1.5% after Democrats won control of the Senate, possibly unleashing federal spending that will boost the economy. It ended higher by 0.6%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record. Nasdaq 100 Index contracts added 0.3%.
Demonstrators walk through the U.S. Capitol after breaching barricades during a protest on Jan. 6.
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Images of unrest in Washington did little to distract investors from their view that the Democratic victories that gave Bidenâ€™s party control of Congress promised stronger aid for the economy. That sparked a rotation out of high-flying technology shares into stocks more closely tied to the economyâ€™s performance, like energy producers, banks and travel companies. Ten-year Treasury yields topped 1%
â€œThe real impact for markets of the Dems winning the Georgia run-off is that cross-asset price action is signaling as unquestionably reflationary,â€ Stephen Innes, chief market strategist at Axi, wrote in a note. â€œThe most optimistic take is that a razor-thin effective Senate majority curbs tax hikes, both corporate and personal, leaving markets to focus on higher spending that would be consistent with a UST curve bear steepening, an ongoing rally in industrial metals, a rally in EM equities, and a weaker USD.â€
Banks in the S&P 500 rose 4.4% Wednesday, the most since Nov. 9 when Pfizer Inc. unveiled positive vaccine results. They benefit from higher Treasury yields that allow them to charge higher lending rates. Materials and energy producers added at least 3% on speculation demand for capital projects will rise, while tech shares fell 1.8% on concern the threat of inflation could make stretched valuations look worse..
U.S. 10-year breakevens — a market gauge of inflation expectations over the next decade — topped 2% this week for the first time since 2018, having gained in each of the last three months. While the pandemic is still raging with the rollout of vaccines in the early stages, the risk is that further signs of inflationary pressure could start prompting bets on Fed rate hikes.
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