Stocks Bounce Back as Energy, Tech Soar

The U.S. borrowing limit is the latest partisan debate in Washington D.C.

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Oct 5, 2021 at 4:27 PM
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Stocks staged an emphatic rebound on Tuesday. The Dow added 311 points, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq both settled comfortably higher thanks to a tech sector rally. Most large-cap tech names saw sizable jumps, including Facebook (FB), as the FAANG name put out the proverbial fires following yesterday's outage and whistleblower headlines. Energy and reopening stocks also helped lead markets higher today. 

Elsewhere investors are eyeing the current stalemate among lawmakers in Washington D.C. over whether the U.S. should raise or suspend its borrowing limit in order to avoid defaulting on the national debt. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned that an economic recession may be imminent should Congress vote against raising the debt ceiling before a default.  

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The Dow Jones Average (DJI - 34,314.67) gained 311.8 points, or 0.9%. Goldman Sachs (GS) paced the gainers with a 3.1% pop, while Merck (MRK) fell to the bottom, shedding 1.8%.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 4,345.72) tacked on 45.3 points, or 1.1%, for the day, and the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 14,433.83) jumped 178.4 points, or 1.3% for the day.

Lastly, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 21.30) lost 1.7 points, or 7.2%.

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  1. Frances Haugen, the Facebook (FB) whistleblower whose identity was revealed on Sunday, testified before a Senate subcommittee today, urging lawmakers to intervene on the "crisis" created by Facebook's platforms. (CNBC
  2. Citigroup equity strategist and prominent Wall Street analyst Tobias Levkovich has passed after succumbing to injuries from a car accident that occurred on Sept. 1. (MarketWatch)
  3. Could the Peloton stock selloff continue into October?
  4. Why now might be the time to reinvest in Shake Shack stock
  5. Ocugen stock surged after several major deals were unveiled. 

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Oil Futures Go for 4th-Straight Win 

Oil prices hit another seven-year high, stringing together their fourth-consecutive win as investors continue to react to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies' (OPEC+) plan to gradually relax production cuts. A massive 7% rise in natural-gas futures to 13-year highs also helped boost the black gold. In response, November-dated crude rose $1.31, or 1.7%, to settle at $78.93 a barrel. 

Gold prices snapped their four-day win streak, weakening as the U.S. dollar hardened ahead of Friday's September jobs report. December-dated gold lost $6.70, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,760.90 an ounce for the day.


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