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Stock market news live updates: Tech stocks stage rebound, Nasdaq jumps by most since November

Emily McCormick
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Stocks jumped on Tuesday and technology stocks resurged after another session of deep losses. The Dow extended Monday's gains, but trailed the S&P 500 and Nasdaq.

[Click here to read what's moving markets heading into Wednesday, March 10]

The Nasdaq gained 3.7% for its best day since November. The move marked a stark reversal after the index sank into a correction by the close of Monday's session, plunging a total of more than 10% from a recent record closing high. Shares of Tesla (TSLA) jumped nearly 20% paring much of its year-to-date loss after dropping over the past couple weeks. Apple (AAPL) shares also rebounded since hitting the lowest level since November earlier this week. The Dow, meanwhile, added to gains after rallying to an all-time intraday high on Monday.

The sharp contrast between the performance of the Dow and Nasdaq in recent sessions has underscored investors' increasing tilt away from technology stocks in favor of value and cyclical stocks with earnings closely tied to a strong economic recovery. The U.S. House of Representatives is set to take up the $1.9 trillion stimulus package the Senate advanced over the weekend, putting the legislation on track for potential passage this week and teeing up the economy for another massive infusion of stimulus. These prospects have also pushed bond yields higher, with the yield on the 10-year Treasury note topping 1.61% on Monday, for a jump of about 50 basis points from levels just a month ago.

These factors have all worked to make the growth and tech stocks less appealing to investors, especially following many of their breakneck run-ups last year. Shares of Zoom Video Communications (ZM) – a paragon of the "work from home" trade of 2020 – have fallen 8% for the year-to-date through Monday's close, pulling back after a nearly 400% surge last year. Shares of other technology companies and businesses conducive to social distancing have endured similar swoons, albeit while steadying at least temporarily during Tuesday's session.

"This is a trend that tends to happen as we get out of a recession: You tend to see stocks move towards cyclicals. So things like value companies or small caps, things like energy, tend to do really well when you’re coming out of a recession. And what happened last year is, those tech companies were really doing so well that their prices were getting extremely high,” Courtney Dominguez, Payne Capital Management senior wealth advisor, told Yahoo Finance on Monday.

“I don’t think these companies are going away. I think a lot of these are going to be things that we continue to have in our workplaces going forward," she added. "But the question is, are these companies so expensive, is all the optimism already priced in? And that’s different than these companies continuing to being a main forefront of how we work going forward."

4:03 p.m. ET: Nasdaq jumps 3.7% for best day since November as technology shares recover losses

Here were the main moves in markets as of 4:03 p.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): +54.11 (+1.42%) to 3,875.46

  • Dow (^DJI): +30.50 (+0.10%) to 31,832.94

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): +464.66 (+3.69%) to 13,073.82

  • Crude (CL=F): -$1.24 (-1.91%) to $63.81 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +$35.40 (+2.11%) to $1,713.40 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): -5 bps to yield 1.5460%

2:18 p.m. ET: Disney+ surpasses 100 million subscribers, company eyes April reopening date for California theme parks

Disney's (DIS) flagship streaming program has surpassed 100 million new subscribers, CEO Bob Chapek announced during the company's annual shareholder meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The entertainment giant's eponymous Disney+ reached the 9-digit subscriber mark in only 16 months of operations, as user growth boomed over the course of the pandemic. The latest subscriber number also marked an increase from the 94.2 million subscribers Disney last reported less than one month ago. For comparison, larger and older streaming behemoth Netflix reported nearly 204 million global paid viewers as of the end of last year.

Disney’s major theme parks in Anaheim, Calif. have been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic, though most of Disney's other global parks have reopened with capacity constraints. However, Chapek said Tuesday that the company is aiming to reopen the California theme parks by the end of April, and "[looks] forward to publicizing an opening date in the coming weeks."

1:11 p.m. ET: Nasdaq extends jump to 4%, pacing toward best day in nearly a year

Tech shares extended their gains further Tuesday afternoon, and the Nasdaq was on track for its best session since April 2020.

Here's where markets were trading:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): +79.18 (+2.07%) to 3,900.53

  • Dow (^DJI): +286.36 (+0.9%) to 32,088.80

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): +507.82 (+4.03%) to 13,116.29

  • Crude (CL=F): -$0.91 (-1.40%) to $64.14 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +$39.00 (+2.32%) to $1,717.00 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): -5 bps to yield 1.544%

10:16 a.m. ET: Rise in rates not yet reason for equity investors to fear: Canaccord Genuity

Investors have been eyeing the rapid rise in Treasury yields with increasing skittishness, with traders trying to gauge whether potential inflationary pressures during the post-pandemic economic recovery may spur the Federal Reserve to move faster than they have telegraphed on tightening monetary policy.

But even the recent jump in rates has not yet reached a point warranting major concern from equity investors, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst Tom Dwyer.

“The sharp rise in long-term U.S. Treasury rates has caused fear of a more dramatic economic and market impact, which begs the question of when the rising rate environment that has driven the recent rotation correction becomes problematic,” Dwyer wrote in a note Tuesday. “In our view, the time to worry about a more signifiant and sustainable correction due to economic impact from higher rates is when there is a meaningful tightening in financial conditions. Our favorite gauge here is the Chicago Fed National Financial Conditions Subindices (NFCI) that measures 105 credit stress indicators, and despite the rise in rates there has been no discernible deterioration in financial conditions.”

"Inflation expectations are higher, but not enough to scare the Fed,” Dwyer added. “They have made it clear that they need to see sustained inflation rather than a bump-up on easy pandemic comps.”

9:40 a.m. ET: Investors are buying the tech rout: Bank of America

Investors are still buying technology stocks despite the deep selloff in many of these names over the past couple weeks.

New client data from Bank of America showed that inflows into U.S. stocks last week totaled $3.7 billion, with that sum landing in the 98th percentile of the firm's weekly flows in data going back to 2008. Much of the buying was in turn taking place in tech names.

"Last week's big net buying was concentrated in tech, which saw another near-record weekly inflow ($2.6B, the highest in over seven years)," the Bank of America analysts noted. "As a result, four-week average tech flows have hit a record high."

Still, flows into value exchange-traded funds (ETFs) were at a five-week high last week while growth ETFs saw the largest outflow in a month, underscoring the rotation taking place across equities over the past week. By S&P 500 sector, the communication services, consumer staples and health-care sectors saw the biggest outflows last week, Bank of America added.

9:31 a.m. ET: Stocks open higher, tech shares outperform after Monday selloff

The three major indexes opened sharply higher Tuesday morning after dipping on Monday, as heavily weighted technology shares recovered some losses. The small-cap Russell 2000 index also gained strongly, adding more than 1%. Small-cap stocks have outperformed so far fo the year-to-date amid expectations for a robust economic recovery.

The Nasdaq gained 2.5%, adding more than 300 points, shortly after market open. The Dow gained nearly 200 points, or 0.6%, and the S&P 500 jumped 1.2%.

The rise in equities coincided with a pullback in Treasury yields across the curve. The 10-year yield retreated by more than 5 basis points to just over 1.5% after hitting a one-year high of 1.61% a day earlier.

7:23 a.m. ET Tuesday: Stock futures jump

Here were the main moves in markets as of Tuesday morning:

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,859.00, up 39.75 points or 1.04%

  • Dow futures (YM=F): 31,944.00, up 168 points or 0.53%

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 12,574.25, up 277 points or 2.25%

  • Crude (CL=F): +$0.42 (+0.65%) to $65.47 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +$27.40 (+1.63%) to $1,705.40 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): -6.1 bps to yield 1.535%

6:04 p.m. ET Monday: Stock futures open slightly higher

Here were the main moves in markets as of 6:04 p.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,834.75, up 15.5 points or 0.41%

  • Dow futures (YM=F): 31,904.00, up 128 points or 0.4%

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 12,355.25, up 58 points or 0.47%

Emily McCormick is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter: @emily_mcck

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