Stocks are moving higher on Wall Street in afternoon trading Tuesday as corporate earnings reporting gets into full swing
BEIJING — Stocks rose broadly in afternoon trading on Wall Street Tuesday as corporate earnings reporting gets into full swing.
The S&P 500 rose 0.7% as of 2:09 p.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 169 points, or 0.5%, to 35,428 and the Nasdaq rose 0.6%.
Technology and health care companies led the gains. Software maker Adobe rose 2.2%. Johnson and Johnson jumped rose 2.3% after raising its profit forecast for the year following the release of strong third-quarter earnings.
The broad gains for stocks follow a mixed start to the week on Monday as investors continue monitoring corporate earnings. Analysts polled by FactSet are now forecasting earnings growth of 30% for the S&P 500, up from 23% in June. More importantly, the results could help give investors a better sense of how companies will move forward through the year as they deal with rising inflation and the economic recovery slowing down.
“There was a nervousness going in as we started to see some supply chain interruptions,” said J.J. Kinahan, chief strategist with TD Ameritrade. “But, the overall picture is still a fairly positive one.”
Those supply chain problems are going to have different impacts on companies and industries, he said, including how they absorb the costs and whether they raise prices. Procter & Gamble fell 1.8% after saying it will raise prices as it faces higher commodity and freight costs.
The first exchange-traded fund to track Bitcoin futures rose 3.4% in its market debut. Trading was very heavy for the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF, reflecting the increasing interest in cryptocurrencies.
The ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF offers a potentially easier way for some investors to get into the fast-growing crypto world, though it invests in futures contracts for Bitcoin rather than the currency itself. The price of Bitcoin rose 2.5%, according to CoinDesk.
Bond yields moved higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.63% from 1.58% late Monday.
Energy stocks gained ground as oil prices rose 1%. Exxon Mobil rose 1.4%. U.S. crude oil prices are up 74% for the year while natural gas prices have risen roughly 80%. The prices have surged as the global economic recovery drives demand and it is raising concerns about a global energy crunch.
Insurance company Travelers rose 2.1% after it handily beat Wall Street’s third-quarter profit forecasts. Other large companies, including streaming entertainment giant Netflix and United Airlines, will report their results after the market closes.
Several key earnings from airlines this week will also give investors a clearer picture into the impact from a surge in COVID-19 cases over the summer. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines will report their results on Thursday.
Outside of earnings, the Commerce Department reported that U.S. home construction fell 1.6% in September as builders continue to be tripped up by supply chain bottlenecks. Shares of homebuilders were weaker. Beazer Homes fell 1.2% and Hovnanian Enterprises fell 1.1%.