Stocks Secure Sizable Weekly Wins as Treasury Yields Cool

The 10-year Treasury yield cooled from a high of 4.33%

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Oct 21, 2022 at 4:30 PM
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Stocks extended their midday gains on Friday with a flourish. The Dow added 749 points and nabbed a third-straight weekly win, as traders weighed reports from American Express (AXP) and Verizon Communications (VZ). The S&P 500 and tech-heavy Nasdaq settled confidently higher as well, with all three indexes scoring their best weeks since June 24. Elsewhere, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) logged its worst weekly loss since Sept. 9.

Cooling Treasury yields injected some positivity into the market today. The 10-year benchmark reversed from a high of 4.33% after some Federal Reserve officials expressed concerns over additional aggressive rate hikes, which may tighten the economy too much.

Continue reading for more on today's market, including:

  • Apparel stock downgraded amid slowing demand.
  • How option traders responded to Snap's revenue miss.
  • Plus, social media stocks stumbling; bulls eye CSX; and a sentiment survey to watch.

The Dow Jones Average (DJI - 31,082.56) rose 749 points, or 2.5% for the day, and 4.9% for the week. Catepillar (CAT) led the gainers, adding 6.1%, while Verizon Communications (VZ) paced the laggards with a 4.5% loss.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 3,752.75) added 87 points, or 2.4 % for the day, and 4.7% for the week. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 10,859.72) rose 244.9 points, or 2.3% for the session, and 5.2% for the week. 

Lastly, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 29.69) shed 0.3 point, or 1% for the session, and 7.2% for the week. 

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5 Things to Know Today

  1. The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol unanimously subpoenaed former U.S. President Donald Trump. (CNBC)
  2.  Pfizer (PFE) plans to sell the Covid-19 shot it developed with BioNTech (BNTX) for $110 to $130 per dose once the public health emergency is over. (MarketWatch)
  3. 2 social media stocks implicated in Snap's revenue miss.
  4. Options bulls rushed transportation stock after earnings win.
  5. This stock market sentiment survey is making bears bolder.

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Oil, Gold Prices Notch Weekly Wins

Oil prices settled higher on Friday to log a 0.5% weekly win. November-dated crude rose 54 cents, or 0.6%, to finish at $85.05 per barrel on the day. Meanwhile, natural gas futures dropped more than 20% for the week amid softening demand. 

Gold prices were also higher, and registered a 0.5% gain for the week as well. Today's pop came amid rumors that the Federal Reserve will introduce a smaller interest rate hike in December. December-dated gold added $19.50, or 1.2%, to close at $1,656.30 an ounce for the day.


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