US STOCKS-S&P 500, Nasdaq weighed down by tech shares; Powell in focus

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* Weekly jobless claims rise lower than anticipated

* Powell to handle WSJ convention at midday ET

* Indexes: Dow up 0.2%, S&P down 0.2%, down 0.8% (Updates to market open)

By Shashank Nayar and Medha Singh

March 4 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq slipped in uneven buying and selling on Thursday as jittery buyers appeared to remarks from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on rising bond yields, whereas information pointed to a staggering restoration within the labor market.

The variety of Individuals submitting for jobless advantages rose final week, probably boosted by brutal winter storms within the densely populated South, although the labor market outlook is bettering amid declining new COVID-19 circumstances. essential month-to-month payrolls report is anticipated on Friday.

Wall Road’s primary indexes fell previously two classes as a spike in U.S. bond yields pressured high-flying tech shares whereas economy-linked shares outperformed on hopes of a brand new spherical of fiscal assist and vaccinations.

The power sector loved a 1% soar on the again of upper oil costs. Apple Inc , Tesla Inc and PayPal Holdings Inc had been among the many high drags on the S&P 500. O/R

Powell is about to talk at a Wall Road Journal convention at 12:05 p.m. ET (1705 GMT) the place his feedback shall be scrutinized for any hints of concern about final week’s soar in bond yields, in what shall be his final outing earlier than the Fed’s March 16-17 coverage assembly. Chairman Jerome Powell has downplayed inflation worries and continues advocating dovish financial coverage, however these yields recommend buyers aren’t fully satisfied,” stated JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade.

Forward of Powell’s remarks, the 10-year Treasury yields had been at 1.467% however they held beneath final week’s one-year excessive of 1.614%.

Tech shares are significantly delicate to rising yields as a result of their worth rests closely on future earnings, that are discounted extra deeply when bond returns go up.

At 10:02 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Common rose 57.06 factors, or 0.18%, to 31,327.15, the S&P 500 misplaced 5.80 factors, or 0.15%, to three,813.92 and the Nasdaq Composite misplaced 106.99 factors, or 0.82%, to 12,890.76.

The S&P 500 traded beneath its 50-day transferring common, an indicator of short-term momentum, whereas the Nasdaq trimmed its year-to-date features to 0.1%. In distinction, the Dow has risen 2.5% in 2021 and the S&P 500 is up about 1.5% in the identical interval.

The U.S. Senate is anticipated to start debating President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bundle on Thursday after agreeing to section out funds to higher-income Individuals in a compromise with average Democratic senators. Co BA.N rose about 1% as america and Britain had agreed a four-month suspension of U.S. retaliatory tariffs in a long-running row over plane subsidies to permit negotiations to happen. DIS.N shares dropped 1% because it introduced it is going to shut at the very least 60 Disney retail shops in North America this yr and about 20% of its worldwide whole, because it revamps its digital procuring platforms to give attention to e-commerce. points outnumbered advancers by a 1.3-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 2.7-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P 500 posted 17 new 52-week highs and no new low, whereas the Nasdaq recorded 106 new highs and 140 new lows.

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