Despite some struggles in the energy sector and a slight dip in yields, the stock market rally continued on Wednesday, extending the November gains into the Thanksgiving holiday period. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by 178 points, or 0.5%, while the S&P 500 climbed 0.4% and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.5%. This positive movement in the market was reflected in over half of the stocks trading on the New York Stock Exchange being up on Wednesday, signifying a widening breadth for the rally. Moreover, the Nasdaq saw even greater participation, as 63.7% of the stocks in the index rose. Small- and mid-cap stocks outperformed as well, with a rise of 0.6%.
However, not all sectors performed well during Wednesday’s trading session. The energy sector experienced a decline of 0.6% after OPEC announced the delay of a meeting on production cuts that was originally scheduled for the weekend. This news impacted companies such as APA Corp, Marathon Oil, EOG Resources, and Devon Energy, which all saw their stock prices plummet by more than 1%. It is worth noting that the energy sector’s struggles did not significantly dampen the overall market rally, as other sectors managed to offset the losses.
One notable development during Wednesday’s trading was the brief fall in the yield on the 10-year Treasury. The yield dropped to 4.369% in the morning, which marks its lowest level since September 22. However, it later recovered and was trading more than 1 basis point higher at 4.433%. This drop in the yield is significant, considering that the 10-year yield had surpassed 5% in October for the first time in 16 years. Such fluctuations in the yield can have implications for investors and the overall market sentiment.
The Federal Reserve’s latest meeting notes signaled that monetary policy will continue to remain restrictive, with no indication of an interest rate cut in the near future. Despite this, investors remain optimistic that the central bank will not raise rates at its December meeting, as suggested by fed funds futures trading. This sentiment is potentially driven by expectations of a possible soft landing from the Fed, given the downward trend in inflation. Looking ahead to 2022, many experts anticipate equities to continue performing well against this backdrop.
Chipmaker Nvidia reported its latest quarterly results on Tuesday, beating expectations with its fiscal third-quarter adjusted earnings and revenue. However, the company warned that export restrictions on China would likely weigh on its fiscal fourth quarter. This cautionary note caused shares of Nvidia to fall by 4.2% on Wednesday. Despite this setback, it is important to remember that the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have been experiencing a strong rally throughout November, with the Nasdaq surging by 11%. The Dow and the S&P 500 have also enjoyed solid gains of nearly 7% and more than 8% respectively during this period.
While there are certainly challenges and uncertainties in the market, there is a prevailing sense of optimism among investors. As Charlie Ripley, senior investment strategist at Allianz Investment Management, noted, “I’d probably be leaning more towards the camp at this rally could continue a little bit longer.” Ripley also highlighted the possibility of a soft landing from the Fed and the downward trend in inflation, which may contribute to the positive performance of equities. As the year comes to a close and we enter 2022, many investors anticipate the market rally to persist.
Despite some struggles in the energy sector and a brief dip in yields, the stock market rally extended its gains into the Thanksgiving holiday period. With various sectors outperforming and the Nasdaq reaching an impressive 11% increase in November, optimism remains high among investors. While challenges and uncertainties persist, such as delays in OPEC meetings and export restrictions on China, experts foresee equities continuing to perform well against the backdrop of the Federal Reserve’s restrictive monetary policy. As we approach the end of the year, the market rally shows promising signs of longevity as we head into 2022.