S&P 500 Rallies, Takes Fed November Taper Signal in Stride

Stock Markets23 minutes ago (Sep 22, 2021 03:52PM ET)

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By Yasin Ebrahim

Investing.com – The S&P 500 climbed Wednesday, led by energy and financials as the broader market took the Fed’s signal of a potential November taper in its stride.

The S&P 500 rose 1%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.1%, or 369 points, the Nasdaq climbed 0.8%.

“If progress continues broadly as expected, the Committee judges that a moderation in the pace of asset purchases may soon be warranted,” the Fed said in a statement.

Fed chair Jerome Powell later signaled the taper could get underway in November, and end in mid-2022. “Participants generally view, so long as the recovery remains on track, a gradual tapering process that concludes around the middle of next year is likely to be appropriate,” Powell said in a press conference that followed the monetary policy statement.

Leading up to the meeting, however, many analysts were betting on a November taper, and suggested that the announcement was priced in.

Cyclical sectors including energy climbed more than 3%, underpinned by rising oil prices following data showing weekly U.S. oil supplies fell by a more than expected last week.

Crude oil inventories fell by 4.7 million barrels last week, compared with analysts’ expectations for a draw of 2.4 million barrels.

Sentiment on oil has also been supported by “news that the OPEC countries of Nigeria and Angola, and OPEC+ member Kazakhstan, have lasting difficulties expanding their production due to a lack of investment,” Commerzbank (DE:CBKG) said in a note.

In a further boost to sentiment on cyclical stocks – those that move in tandem with the economy – China contagion fears subsided after Evergrande agreed to settle interest payments on a domestic bond on Wednesday, and the central of China pumped further liquidity into the financial system.

In big tech, meanwhile, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), down 4%, proved a drag on the sector after the social media giant warned that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) ad-tracking would hurt growth.

The broader market’s attempt at mounting a rebound comes just ahead of the Federal Reserve monetary policy decision, with the Fed’s plan on tapering its bond purchases likely to dominate investor attention.

“The FOMC will conclude its 2 day meeting this afternoon (9/22) with most expecting the Fed to begin to signal (or least give hints) to the start of tapering in November,” Credit Suisse (SIX:CSGN) said in a note.

S&P 500 Rallies, Takes Fed November Taper Signal in Stride

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